The Problem with Millennials


Who are Millenials?

Although there’s no clear general consensus, millennials are typically described as being the children born between the years 1980 and 2000. They’re a generation that have grown up alongside technology, they’re said to be lazy, impatient, narcissistic and are also said to have an addiction to social networks.



Simon Sinek is a British/American author, motivational speaker and marketing consultant. He is the author of three books including the 2009 best seller Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. Recently Sinek has delivered a damning speech about the problems some millennials in the workplace are experiencing. If you’d like to learn more about Simon Sinek you can visit his website here:

Some key points Sinek makes are:


The millennials parents have failed them.

He blames millennials narcissism and a false sense of self-importance on failed parenting techniques; he says that millennials have grown up receiving participatory medals and receiving A’s that they didn’t deserve because of overprotective parents who’ve conditioned their children to believe that they are special.

Technology is destroying their relationships.

Simon says that the fact that millennials are always attached to their mobile devices is similar to addiction, he talks about how use of these devices releases dopamine and how they relate to other activities that can be abused. He also goes on to say that the relationships that millennials have on social networks are largely superficial and that millennials know that the people they call their “friends” would cancel on them if something more fun came up.

Instant gratification

Sinek then talks about how technology has contributed to millennials need for instant gratification, citing the fact that they don’t need to wait for anything and that everything online is available for consumption immediately, he thinks this has affected many of their careers negatively because they become disappointed when they realise they’re not going to attain job fulfilment as soon as they begin.


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