I have watched Millennials transform themselves, it’s remarkable.
I have also seen plenty of non-Millennials go through transformational expeditions, and it’s equally inspiring. But there’s just something about a Millennial’s road to success that impresses me––it is so bloody quick!
In fact, according to my recent survey of Australian Millennials in the Workplace, figures show that 61% of Millennials have started their careers by the age of 23. And every day I see more and more examples of Millennials running million-dollar side hustles before they hit 30. It takes a certain kind of confidence to reach those heights so young. Something our Millennials have in spades. Are they born with it though, or do they just know how to channel it?
Through my studies, I believe it’s because there’s something inherent in Millennials that us older generations don’t have. They’re truly not afraid of taking advice. They’re ready to get a map from someone who’s been there and follow it step by step until they arrive in the land of prosperity along with their peers and like-minded go-getters.
And good advice is not hard to come by these days, Millennials are proverbially drowning in gurus and leaders drawing these maps. One in particular is a deeply-spoken guru of human psychology, and Millennial demi-god, Jordan Peterson.
In 2018 Jordan published a book called “12 Rules for Life”, that has become an international best-seller, particularly among Millen-readers. We all know how much the younger gens love their lists. But what they also love is life. A Millennial’s vigour for grabbing life by the balls and succeeding (and now!) is insatiable. So much so, the older generations feel somewhat threatened by it. We need to get over that, by the way.
Young people want to change the world.
We know this, it’s always been the case. Young people have always wanted to make their mark and looked for guidance to do so.
But Jordan Peterson’s Millennials, so it turns out, have a different tack to their predecessors. They’re not socialists, out on the streets trying to change the world with pickets and speeches. They’re not even really motivated by political movements, not as much as they’re motivated by self-help experts and personal transformation workshops. And Peterson is right on board with this path.
Jordan Peterson swims upstream when it comes to advice for young people on how to change the world. He has very different advice to spokespeople from the progressive left, like Marx––where youth formerly looked for guidance. Peterson says Marx’ socialist philosophies are largely about changing other people, where he believes real change incited by young people can only be done by changing one’s self. And Millennials are lapping that shit up.
Improve the world starting with yourself. He says.
Number 6 of Peterson’s 12 rules states,
“Set your house in perfect order before you criticise the world.”
He is saying, aim for the highest point and set your goals to improving yourself so you can deal with the malevolence of life without becoming corrupt. He urges young people to focus on themselves and not on others. To follow goals and dreams. And you will be more equipped to make real change in the world. Disrupt from within, not outside.
Jordan Peterson’s antidote to chaos, and why it works for our Millennials.
Another thing Peterson promotes loudly is clear and defined personal goals. He claims, without personal goals to work toward you suffer existentially. But he doesn’t subscribe to the old-fashioned philosophy of work hard, die young. Rather work smart and work for yourself. Not literally, but philosophically.
By working too hard, Peterson says, you are sacrificing the present for the future. And in doing that the price you pay is you don’t actually get to experience the present.
How to not work your ass off and still achieve your goals?
Keep your unique valuable goal in sight and create pathways toward it, so everything you work on is clearly something you can relate to as a personal achievement toward your final goal, not just “work”. And make your goal valuable enough to you to keep you motivated.
And schedule like a Millennial. Make your schedule reflect your goal and yourself. Realistically plan your days in a way that works for you. Make a daily, weekly, monthly schedule that you would want to stick to. A day that looks good to you. Schedules aren’t supposed to be punishment, they are your life, your present.