Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace

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Keith Ballard : The problem with this vague definition of a "millennial" is that it leads to calling people that are about to turn 30 "kids".

Aaron Orrantia : Am I the only 90s kid that agrees with him and that isn't butthurt about this awful truth?

Patrick Curtis : Simple recipe for creating the worst generation. Take a generation of people raised in an economic boom where jobs were plentiful and minimum wage was high, have them raise kids poorly, use up all the resources of the world, drain the economy, and then throw those children out into a world full of war, death and conflict. Make sure they can't afford a house, can't afford to marry and are buried in debt because they were all told they had to spend all that money the didn't have on a college education. Completely devalue the idea of love and society with the post modernist bullshit, get the kids addicted to drugs, technology and Facebook, destroy the education system, pump them full of Ritalin and send them out into the worst economic recession in human history. Then to top it all off blame those kids for absolutely everything wrong with the world. Now you have millennials.

Indy Jones : When he talks about "friends" canceling if a better opportunity comes up really hit me

eNtyck : I love how the people in the audience laugh in the beginning like it is all fun and games and later on they realize they are all fucked up in the head and noone is laughing :D

Z : Gee I wonder why they're not happy: "In 2015, Millennials in New York City were reported as earning 20% less than the generation before them, as a result of entering the workforce during the great recession. Despite higher college attendance rates than Generation X, many were stuck in low-paid jobs, with the percentage of degree-educated young adults working in low-wage industries rising from 23% to 33% between 2000 and 2014. In 2016, research from the Resolution Foundation found Millennials in the UK earned £8,000 less in their 20s than Generation X, describing Millennials as "on course to become the first generation to earn less than the one before"." Perhaps the reason Millennials think they deserve a raise after little time at work is because you're starting out paying them 20% less than you did the generation before them despite having exponentially more college debt than that generation.

Kayla Empson : I really enjoyed this video; however, I wish he added the three very important hands millenials are dealt- a bad economy, the cost of living, and student debt.

Tyler Brown : Video: It's not their fault, they were dealt a bad hand. Comment's section: STAHP BLAMING MILLENIALS!!!1!! Guys... actually watch the video.

Francisco Peña : I love seeing all the triggered ppl in the comments

Arial Slater : This is why there’s an important difference between a talented speaker and a factual speaker.

rpottertgt16 : Can I just hold up a sign that says "citation needed"?

Im On Da Web : please stop- generalizing a whole generation

Tansy Woods : So..the parents failed to be actual parents, and it's the kids' fault.

zunzara89 : I am not American and I don't really understand this concept of "hard work" that is so valued in the US. In my country we don put work on the pedestal. There are many other things that are valued over hard work. Of course you have to work for your money... but that is not end all be all. Other thing I noticed is the hipocrisy of Western world.. their mouth is full of this hard work when in fact immigrants and underprivileged are doing the real difficult jobs. Can someone explain to me why is that?

JennyMia : “Everybody sounds like they got it all figured out” well just like you Simon. 2:48

Ganesh Nayak : the best part is host did not interrupt him even once. great job

A P : Ageist bastards

Pekka Laurila : This seems to be an American problem

Dylan Hume : So pretty much everything this guy says is extremely misleading if not flat out wrong: 1. His entire bit on dopamine is entirely unscientific. Dopamine is released in many daily activities to include eating, exercise, social interaction and sex. Dopamine is responsible for controlling incentive salience and is better described as a motivator modulator than a pleasure modulator. Comparing social media to addiction because they both release dopamine is preposterous and shows a very poor understanding to the point where anyone reading the first three paragraphs of the dopamine Wikipedia page sees his argument is lacking. Don't believe me? Read it yourself wikipedia.org/wiki/dopamine 2. Of course people binge watch shows now. Television narratives have become vastly more complex than prior decades, where very few shows kept a narrative running from week to week. In the past, each episode was designed to be able to be viewed with very little knowledge of previous episodes. That is no longer the case. Modern shows frequently have many narratives that run not just week to week, but even span multiple years. Have you seen an episode of Game of Thrones? Of course you would want to wait to binge watch that. He argues that people who patiently wait for an entire season to be over in order to better follow the twisting complex narratives are slaves to instant gratification? What a dumb statement. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/ct-serialized-tv-stories-column.html (this is an opinion piece. Much more difficult to factually show this, but I believe most television audiences intuitively know it) 3. He casually makes a throw away comment about increase in suicide rates in this generation. This is probably the most egregious manipulation of the facts present in his long winded rant. Yes, suicide rates are higher for millennials than for the same age group in previous generations. But guess what, suicides are up for almost every age bracket. According to the CDC, the suicide rate increased from 1994 to 2014 by 24% for people aged 10-74. For women, the greatest increase was in the 10-14 age group, but for men it was in the age group of 45-64. Current trends in suicide rates are very troubling and the truth is we don't really know why. The CDC states; "Suicide is an important public health issue involving psychological, biological and societal factors". For Simon to casually imply that the known cause is due to social media and participation medals shows a huge disregard for facts-based research and is attention grabbing on a level that borders on reckless. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db241.htm 4. "accidental deaths due to drug overdoses". Overall, drug use is at a historic low among millenials with fewer millenials reporting drug use than previous generations and it continues to trend downward. Although it is true that there has been an uptick in drug overdose deaths, much of this is attributed to synthetic opiods and over-prescription of painkillers. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fatal-drug-overdose-deaths-on-the-rise-among-u-s-teens/ Every generation decries the doom of mankind at the hands of the younger one. This is nothing new. Simon has just found a way to make a quick buck from worn-out narratives and flashy rhetoric. https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamthierer/2012/01/08/why-do-we-always-sell-the-next-generation-short/#6a6d123e2d75 (another opinion piece, but written much more comprehensibly than I could pull off)

Dave Watts : The term "millenials" is just what us adults today use to describe the same thing our parents and grandparents described when they talked about kids. 1970: "kids these days are ..." is the same as 2017: "millenials these days are ..." The truth is it's just a generalization. I know some 24 year-olds who are absolutely nothing like a stereotypical millenial, and I konw some 45 year-olds who are TEXTBOOK milenials. Do you want to know the secret? So called millenials are no more spoiled, entitled, immature, or in search of instant gratification then kids 40 years ago.

Ken Ruan : I want him to buy me an alarm clock.

Tim Shinn : Dear Simon, my alarm clock was 26 dollars at Costco. You owe me 26 dollars. Thanks.

Bruh : I’m a millenial apparently. This world is rugged. You gotta work hard for what you want and not give up because there’s a bump in the road. The world isn’t gonna hand you anything for free. You just have to have patience. It’s a race that you may never see the end of. That’s why you must enjoy the journey. Sometimes life will feel like shit and you’re stuck in an endless pit of hell and sometimes it will feel great like you’re on top of the world sometimes it’ll feel like you’re stuck in a freaking limbo juggling the world on your back trying to make decisions . You aren’t entitled to anything. You earn it

DuncanDeez : you try working a dead end job where you can't afford to buy health insurance and putting yourself hundreds of thousands of dollars into debt to get a useless degree for a job that doesn't exist in a failing economy then let me tell you how "entitled" you are and see how you feel about it.

Callum van Heerden : Widespread internet use has been around for younger people's entire lives.[607] The youth of the 2010s were called the "best-behaved generation on record." In May 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that teenage pregnancies and their uses of drugs and alcohol reached record lows.[608] A 2013 survey showed that the rate of teen smoking dropped to 15.7%, the rate of teenagers having unprotected sex dropped to 34% and the rate of teenagers participating in a physical fight dropped to 25%, much lower than their counterparts 22 years earlier.[609] E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use among teenagers rose.[610] Reference:https: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010s#Youth_culture

john smith : I'm a millennial. I made $67,000 last year, after taxes. I work 40-60 hour weeks. I have student loans that I'm almost finished paying off. I have no social media accounts. I've been financially supporting myself since I was 17. Baby boomers had affordable college and access to factory jobs with no scholarly requirements. Baby boomers lived in an era when one factory job could support a family of 4. My grandmother worked the line at General Motors and could easily afford a comfortable life for my dad and his brother. Those days are gone. This world we're currently occupying is vastly different than the world of the 50's, 60's and 70's. Income inequality has been constantly increasing due to a bought and paid for US government that threw it's people overboard in the late 70's and early 80's. Reaganomics anyone? Trickle down theory? The destruction of Glass-Steagall. Americans are currently working more and longer hours than any other first world nation. For less pay than what our grandfathers were paid 30+ years ago. Inflation anyone? Quantitive easing? Endless wars of aggression? Why do the CEO's of fortune 500 companies have pay raises that line up with inflation but no one else does? People are literally getting paid less for the same work while living expenses increase. Do people think this is an accident? The US government has been bought and paid for. The 1% is in control. The revolution is not coming. Marx was right. Orwell was right. Humanity is doomed. I look forward to rising oceans, I look forward to the day Manhattan, most of LA and Miami are swallowed by the sea. I look forward to hurricane seasons that last longer and destroy more houses and businesses. I look forward to the increase in wild fires due to severe drought. Human greed and stupidity has been allowed to get away with too much. The meek will not inherit the earth. They will be the first to die.

BuffteethrBlog : The phone thing was telling. My wife and I went to restaurant near a college campus. There were mostly college kids there and when we looked around we noticed that They were mostly on their phones sitting together at the tables. They were barely talking to each other.

Sanoku71 : So off topic, but doesn't Simon look like Edward Snowden?

Rivaldo Riyanto : He seems like one of those ill say stuff thats not necessarily true but buy my e book

Red Redmon : Why do I still feel like a kid. I never feel like I ever grew up. I'm almost 25 and I have no clue how to be an adult mainly because I don't feel like one.

WissCoast : Ok, I've destroyed my phone, what's next?

Stephen hearn : I'm 45 and I see this everyday at work....every word is the TRUTH.

Arnulfa Isaiah : Unrelated note: if you agree or disagree with him you have to admit he has such a puchable face.

Matteo C : I was born in the 90s and i agree with everything. I imagine how the 80s must have felt where we didn't have social media and smartphones , I wish i could go back to that time.

Milan Jansen : 4.7k dislikes from Millenials my age who obviously feel offended by the truth. Can't see any valid reason for the dislikes, because nothing he says is false. All facts and I'm also only 26. Liberals will always hate guys like these...

Drew Smith : Anyone else watching this on Facebook from their cell phone in a bathroom stall after excusing yourself from the boardroom?

Sam Madison : Another one that's missing is wisdom, and they don't seem to understand educated does not equal wise.

Courtney Cole : I was born in 1994 but I 100% BELIEVE and AGREE with everything he is saying... not everyone is the same BUT that majority of Millennials are like this!!

leishler : 3000 millennials dislike this video

Better than you : Millennials are the most educated generation to date and the most digitally competent, people cry about them yet log into apps like Facebook every day created by them, this video is dumb.

Braulio Cassule : 11:40 this guy got the point..

minh quan Do : The fact that anyone would listen to whatever the hell Simon Sinek (or just about any other motivational speaker) says is beyond me. What the hell has this guy done exactly? Let's see him lead a team, build a company, etc. He writes books about leadership but I don't see too many examples of him leading anyone. Talk is cheap. As for the people that listen to motivational speakers, cut the crap; nobody can motivate you, you have to motivate yourself.

Ella B : Hmm millennials are ‘entitled’ AND have low self esteem that makes sense.

naxo583 : I think that this video is very good, the millennials are bad

Brian Jones : This man hits the nail on the head.

Darky : *Generation X For The Win*

kk70x7 : THIS is a major driver for the increase in suicide we are seeing now in younger people. The basic inability to be a human being IRL and dealing with any "no" or rejection on any level whatsoever. Life is hard; virtual life is NOT real.

Supernaturalme Supernaturalme : Come on milliniels will rule the world.

Julian Engel : I first watched this video about one year ago and felt inspired and sad. I questioned myself a lot about the things Simon Sinek said. Today, having worked for 5 years now, meating other millenials in the workplace, I couldn't disagree more, with the exception of the mobile phone use. But first of all "their words not mine" is such a cheap way to take your neck out of the sling. You said the words, even if they are "their words" your repeated them, therefore they are yours, too. Every generation has claimed the next to be entitled, this nothing new for our generation. Yes, it is true our generation has a strong drive for having a fullfilled and purposeful live. This is for many of us more important than money. We do not have a strong loyality to companies or leaders. Is this really a bad thing? I don't think so! Those things created change, we asked the unconfortable questions about gender, climate change and human right abuses. Why? Because those create the change we would like to see in the world. Maybe our "entitlement" is the best chance to finally see a shift to a planet where money is not ruling the world but kindness and compassion. I know conservative and neo liberals (like what I assume Simon Sinek also is) would disagree that this is desireable, but in the end of the day, this is the reason why those people don't understand our decisions and priorities and see us as entitled.

Carlo van Eijken : I watched this on my phone. Now I feel conflicted.