A Lost Generation?

I was reminded of the above video after talking with a friend Saturday night about our careers.

Technology has shifted the nature of employment and fulfillment, creating a gap between children that grew up seeing their fathers and mothers head off to the same corporate job for decades and parents increasingly finding their kids directionless and unemployed.

With these results, this generation casts a suspicious eye towards the “real job” in an era defined by transient careers and outsourcing.

We have seen dollars and cents define the actions of our employers as an economy built on greed collapsed under the weight of its consumption.

Treating people–employees, clients–based on their economic value, as though they are merely a number on a balance sheet, can only produce relationships built on the value of money. Workers will be motivated solely by earning a paycheck and customers spend only to get what they can for as little as possible.

This age group is less apt to endure misery for the sake of paying bills than any since the late sixties–right around the time their parents were the same age.

What happened? Why did most trade reckless pursuit of purpose for “responsibility?” What defines the greatness of those few who stay on their own track and define the lives of “the herd?”

The fusion of work to passion.

As workers, we yearn to feel part of a movement, invested in a company’s success–both as implementers and innovators. Given this opportunity, they are more likely to bring all of themselves to the table and create the characteristic personality certain businesses that become game-changers.

As buyers, we are the same way. We ask to feel valued as people while benefiting from a service and buying into new ideals. Why else do we reminisce about “the way things used to be” after our favorite places are diluted by growth?

The success of an organization in the information age is defined by an ethos centered on engaging the people on both sides of the transaction.

The online community allows us to communicate like never before, to create something visible on a global scale in a matter of moments. Whether praise or put down, messages are available quickly and “go viral” to shape opinions and touch souls.

In light of these facts, we are jaded by the thought working ourselves into ulcers and heart attacks for the advancement of corporate America with little in the way of joy to show for it, we silently demand more from the rest of our lives. The world is at our fingertips and we wish to remain connected to the wide-eyed hope of our younger days of changing the world.

Can you blame us?

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2 Responses to “A Lost Generation?”


  1. 1 Ali Noor March 24, 2010 at 9:52 am

    This is GREAT! Keep up the hard work! Kind Regards Ali Noor.

    • 2 Jason Eichacker March 24, 2010 at 10:58 am

      Thanks, Ali! I feel like a lot of my peers are a bit disenchanted with how things are going in their lives and the video gave a great voice to it. Sometimes hearing the message from different people helps us to understand there are others out there in the same situation.


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