You’d probably be surprised to know how many times I’ve heard “young people are lazy” in meetings during my short career. It always dumbfounds me when I hear such a lie. Not because it’s a lie, but because I am a young person.
I always wonder to myself what the person must be thinking about me. I often assume they’re not talking about me or they wouldn’t have said such a thing. Twenty-nine after all still qualifies me as young.
People who say that young people are lazy must be fooled by my look, my position, or they just assume I’m some exception to the rule. Like I’m supposed to know that I’m somehow not part of the young and lazy group they’re talking about.
I recently read a comment on Facebook about how young, lazy, entitled brats caused the recent “Great Recession.” I nicely reminded the middle aged man that most of the lenders who were pushing the toxic loans were his age and that if he felt the younger generation had nothing to offer him, he should get off the social network created by that younger generation.
“Young people are lazy” is a big fat lie and here is why.
- I am only 29. I am an executive, partner in several companies, on the board of directors, blogger, and I work very hard at all of them.
- I have many friends in their late 20s and early 30s who are also business leaders, innovators, and top ranked executives.
- Mark Zuckerberg. Mark was born exactly 4 months before me. He still counts a young and he has changed the world.
- Tracy Britt Cool. She is only 29 and likely will take over for Warren Buffet at Berkshire Hathaway when he retires.
- Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were both “Young” when they started their respective companies and changed the world forever.
If we’re going to have any hope of creating a better tomorrow, we’d better start investing in the only resource we have instead of berating them. “Young people are lazy” is only something a scared person would say. Young people are eager, ready to change the world, and too naive to think we can’t.