It’s Time To Dump Chicken Little
We have been focusing on the downside and ‘playing the devil’s advocate’ for so long that our youth no longer believes their lives can be better than ours! We see these headlines all the time:
“For the past 50 years, kids have done better than their parents. The next generation will be the first to do worse as shown by the following figures revealed by the historian – Dominic Sandbrook.”
“Are Millennials the Screwed Generation? (yes, they have been screwed.)”
Guess What? It’s Not True
Like so many things we read & hear in the media and the stuff we call “common knowledge” (an oxymoron if ever there was one) there is a skin of statistics here that has been stretched over the truth, which is the antithesis of what we are being told.
Here is a video that may help you see what I mean. It is a talk by Peter H. Diamandis onstage at TED2012. Please watch it and then read on.
I was led to this video doing some research on one of the most amazing books I have read in several years. Get it at your local library or at Amazon: Click on the picture it will take you to view it there (yes, it is my affiliate link). But what ever you do, you need to read it.
If You Have or Know Teenagers…..
Then make sure they read it too. Everyone out in the ‘real world’ is talking about how the college grads can’t find work in their field, and about how the government keeps extending jobless benefits, etc. They all seem to be running around screaming “the sky is falling, THE SKY IS FALLING!” Here is some advice that will save you – don’t listen! Instead, start paying attention to those who see the Hope in tomorrow. Teach your kids that their future is as bright as they want it to be, if they will work and stretch to make it that way.
And if they don’t want to read the book, or the 16 minute video was too much for them, get them to watch this one. It’s called Abundance: Thoughts On The Book and it runs all of one minute and fifty seven seconds.
But whatever you do, don’t let them get caught up in the “I have no future” woe is me mindset.