But, members of Generation Y and Z have no dreams of fleeing - the way we post-World War II kids did.
For 27 months I lived in Tucson. I was there for two reasons: To leverage the low cost of living to pay off debt and to rethink how to position and package my communications boutique. When both missions were accomplished, I headed back where there was more opportunity, at least for my skill set.
During that time in AZ, I was off-trend, at least when it came to mentoring anyone of any generation about getting ahead.
Dumb. I suggested that the native residents migrate the 70 minutes to Phoenix, AZ. That economy was diverse. Surprisingly, rentals were just about as inexpensive as those in Tucson.
The first lease I had signed in Tucson was for $400, plus utilities. Most times the monthly nut was about $460. In Phoenix, the same kind of neighborhood could be equally affordable. BTW, in the New York Metro area I had been paying a king's ransom for a one-bedroom in an iffy neighborhood. My car had been stolen and I had been mugged.
No, I didn't recommend to those financially struggling that they should start over again in a "foreign country" such as LA or Chicago. Or, horrors, Manhattan. The relocation I was recommending seemed quite doable - in cost and emotions.
The day I pulled out of Tucson, they were all still in-place. Those who had jobs were earning about $8.50 an hour. The big successes were pulling down $15.50 an hour.
Well, I have just found out by reading an article in the New York Post that those in American society have ossified into a nation in which the moving truck doesn't stop here. Not anymore. The rate of relocation in the U.S. is down 51% from the years after the war to end all wars.
As a Baby Boomer, I smelled how much opportunity was developing out there. No fool, I chose an out-of-state (way out-of-state) college. I knew I had to understand other parts of the nation to figure out where would be my best shot at success. The rest is a long list of moves. With each one, I learned plenty that I applied to my professional life.
As I expected, here back in the east, but a more affordable part than New York Metro, my business has had a total comeback. The revenue is what it had been before the two recessions in the 21st century. I'm back in demand, like the old days. And I am treated well by clients.
Had I not taken on the risk of leaving AZ, I might have been "stuck" there, just like the gens who are growing up risk-averse.
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