Beneath the seeming bravado, most Millennials are as unsure of how to earn a good living as we Baby Boomers were. (Incidentally, the youngest of us has turned 50 and the oldest is happily receiving Medicare and perhaps Social Security).
I found that out when I listened to them. One is working part-time in property management. The other part-time in a health-food store. Both shared their intention to go on to graduate or professional school. They were certain about this. That is, the first time we had a conversation.
The second time they confided their reservations, especially about taking on more student-loan debt. I listened. I asked questions about what they could put together in terms of a career path without further higher education. I could "feel" them thinking.
We really do have so much experience with what tactics can move us ahead or what can get us stuck. This week I gave both a gift certificate. It was pleasant to be able to focus on others rather than just myself.
After the bad bumps on the career path some of us Baby Boomers had to absorb, we might have become totally self-involved. As we find that we are landing on our feet, it's downright necessary to get out of ourselves and begin giving back.
Reflection: Only by giving it away can be hold onto it.