Is hard work all you need to live the American Dream still?

“I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard.” (Maria Bartiromo) My entire childhood my parents always told me that I could do anything I always wanted to do with hard work. While this was true for my parents generation, for my generation -the millennial generation– this couldn’t be further from the truth. I say this bold statement because when you look at my generation, you’ll see that we fail to understand what hard work is as a whole. While some of you may think this is an extreme overgeneralization, just think of how many people are obsessed with social media, and capturing their life I want you to think of how much nowadays people are consumed with the idea of being an instagram model or how easy the millennial generation quits when things get hard. But as a whole I believe that my generation just looks at things different. Our parents believe that if we work hard and are determined we will make. Millennials go about this very differently because we believe it’s more so about who you know not just what you know and how hard you work. I believe that millennials choose to work smarter not harder.


Millennials work smarter partly because of our deep understanding of how to use technology which has allowed many of us to automate things. Like with basic principles of math millennials believe that’s what calculators were made for. Which in part is true. While our parents would rather be much more meticulous about things and seeing the process the millennial generation would rather find the quickest and most efficient way of getting a task done but this also leaves room for errors.


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Author: Kevin C. McReynolds

Kevin McReynolds is the Chief Executive Officer of McReynolds Enterprises LLC. He is a consultant for several startups in the Southern California region. Kevin is a former Student-Athlete at UCLA. He studied Political Science as an undergraduate and will complete a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2018. Kevin is an serial entrepreneur. Follow Kevin online via @LifeofKM!

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