If our younger generations of gig workers and indie business owners haven’t taught us anything else, they’ve taught us that it IS possible to change the paradigm in how we can see ourselves in relation to our work/life culture.
There was a lot to unpack as I transitioned into a solo business owner, but my young adult children as a whole, was not one of those things.
Gen Z are those born between 1997-2012 according to Google. I raised two of them. The Millenials are 1981-1996. I have one of those too. I’m really flipping proud of all that my kids have accomplished for themselves.
10 Things I love about our Gen Z Gig workers:
- They put their mental health first, as if there is no other choice.
2. They prioritize their own value in terms of what they believe they’re worth.
3. They are not shy to talk about money nor do they hesitate to walk away from gigs that don’t honor that value.
4. They are up front about their strengths to the point of being extremely (over?) confident.
5. They have confidence that is unwavering in their power to influence.
6. They create trends, then watch as everyone else dances around them like flocks of sparrows.
7. They create 5, 6, and 10 smaller streams of income, so never to go without.
8. They learned about investments, and how to save for the long haul by listening to powerful influencers from Warren Buffet to the Silicon Valley billionaires.
9. They weren’t around to watch their grandparents struggle to save for retirement only to live on average, just ten years after retirement.
10. They changed how we do business today.
Our young entrepreneurs made work more palpable by realizing the potential of the internet while those of us in our later stages, are still holding on to the notion that we are subservient rather than passionate about our careers.
Though there is a strong social media influence, they craft mission statements that serve the greater good, rather than themselves. They are the third wave of how we can use social media to cultivate a life for ourselves far beyond anything my generation ever did.
I had a few friends who went to school for finances, who knew to invest early in the tech industry. Those few are now very, very wealthy people. The rest of us? One job. One title. One life in one place, married to the one person, with one house over almost four decades now.
We are the old guard.
My daughters and son are living in a new world that gives them opportunities that I never even thought of.
Too many people in our boomer era and even (what comes next? Gen X?) era are constantly socially comparing ourselves to them.
I think it’s a little bit of jealousy.
There are of course, both pros and cons to all of the above, but that would make this short post too long.
I just read an article on Medium written by someone around my age who said she was feeling a bit irrelevant. I get that. It does feel that way. And yet, it also feels powerful to know that there are so many niche opportunities out there to explore.
I’ve always been a lone wolf sort, so have no skin in the game of social comparison, other than to be really annoyed at the volume of people who do it.
I’d rather slip quietly into a writing life, leaving social media far behind while I live out my life in nature, with my cats. Minding my business while running a few side gigs or finding that Nemo of a job where I can help guide people into decisions that are good for their soul, as well as their wallet.
We can all learn from each other. That’s the bottom line of this post.
There are inventive, original thinkers, but there are more copy cats and hangers-on. Being in the business of being a lone wolf is not for the feint of heart.
Which would you rather be?