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!