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3 Strategies to Tackling Vulnerabilities as a Millennial

As of lately, my social feeds have been consumed with the opinions of what millennials are like. We’re the early adopters, the technology driven age, the travelers, but what has stood out is our “entitled nature.”

Sixty percent of Americans think that millennials lack purpose. via

Here are some broad descriptions about the generation known as Millennials: They’re narcissistic. They’re lazy. They’re coddled. They’re even a bit delusional. via

In short, we are looking to be entertained with everything to meet our demanding needs.

With all of these negative connotations, I know as a millennial I find myself facing vulnerabilities both personally and professionally.

Vulnerable to what others perceive my ideas, opinions, and method of accomplishing tasks. Vulnerable in the manner of putting myself at the forefront of situations with friends or coworkers.

Vulnerability is a concept that we deal with in so many facets of our life that it’s crucial that we all have a way to tackle and maintain it. For myself, I’ve really honed in on 3 strategies that help with tackling vulnerabilities both personally and professionally.

Understand that vulnerability is OK

You are allowed to be vulnerable and don’t ever let anybody tell you differently. Our vulnerabilities are what help us grow and learn to be better individuals both personally and professionally. Embrace and learn from the vulnerabilities that you face to benefit your journey in life.

Being perfect is not the key to success

Perfectionism does not equate to success. This is the strategy that I struggle with the most, because I strive to be as meticulous with each project I face in any aspect of my life. If we were all perfect, nothing would truly make us unique. Take your imperfections in stride and learn from them.

Be and remain authentic

Do not compromise your being for anyone, regardless of your vulnerabilities. Your authentic self is more valuable than anything you could possess on both a personal and professional level.

As a young professional and millennial who is constantly facing a battle with keeping myself in check while embracing my vulnerabilities on a daily basis – I highly recommend reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. She does a phenomenal job exploring the power we have in our vulnerabilities. In fact, I’ll share one of my favorite quotes from her for good measure.

The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect. -Brene Brown

Do you face vulnerabilities personally or professionally? How do you tackle them head on? Share in the comments!

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  • Reply Margaret B

    This is some really good food for thought, especially since the term “millennial” encompasses more than a few generations and really is just used short-hand to designate the youth culture. ALL youth cultures since the dawn of time have been narcissistic, lazy, coddled, etc until they reach maturity, at which point there is a new youth culture in place. I work with many clients in their 50’s and 60’s, and really the same negative qualities assigned to “millennials” would also apply to their age group.

    April 20, 2016 at 11:00 am
    • Reply Sevi Ware

      Hi Margaret,

      Thanks for dropping in and checking out my little corner of the internet. Very interesting that you mentioned the term “millennial” encompassing more than a few generations. This is a conversation I have quite often in my personal and professional life because of the sheer fact that such a large group of decades are being describe with the term. And you nailed it with the youth culture of every generation sharing its fair share of narcissistic and lazy values. I appreciate the great feedback from your comment!

      April 22, 2016 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Trista

    Knowing you personally, I’d say you defy the negative stereo-type that Millennials are tasked with. I can understand why it would strike a nerve!

    May 9, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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