In Today’s society, there is a generational gap that has produced tension between the generations. I am eager to change this narrative. The older generation lived in an era where you needed a degree, specific trade, office or another qualification to work a nine to five job. This has been the dominating niche for a long time. Both my parents are lawyers who can not be out of the office for an extended period. They believe that this is what one must do to be successful.
We all have seen the Instagram, youtube and other social media influencers who are making a pretty good living outside the office setting. Thus, I take a step back and remind myself it is generational, which means no matter how hard I try to argue they will stick to their view. Around the world, people are going through similar situations or doing their best to avoid them. I am here to tell you, there is another way.
Take the Criticism
They are going to say something regardless of what the venture is, so take it with a smile. No matter how much it burns you up inside to react, feeding into their ego is not your job. Moreover, there is no need to progress a pointless argument further. Did you know, the less you engage, the quicker they will leave you alone. It is tiresome to keep up the same topic for an extended period, especially when it is not gaining any traction.
As this becomes a habit of yours, people will begin to leave you alone, a few may make some snide comments behind your back, but that’s on them. I slip up on the ability to be proactive than reactive now and then. However, I know that everything takes time, which gives me the motivation to keep going forward. When I do react, I try to smile and be as short as possible with my response. Thus, shutting down the situation before it has time to escalate.
Beyond taking their criticism, the best way to change the narrative is to prove yourself. Now, I am not saying it is necessary to prove yourself to everyone about everything, that would be exhausting. When it comes to your business venture and the excitement that comes with it, go all in. When the older generation acts negatively toward you, respond with positive actions. That does mean, speed up your timeline or take shortcuts, rather use the small victories to show how much closer you are to the goal than the day or week before.
As I said in a few of the earlier posts, it is good to make daily, weekly and monthly goals to keep the motivation high. Moreover, these goals will make the time fly by in conjunction with being a positive response to all the negativity.
We all have a complex to prove ourselves, especially to the people closest to us. The best way I can see to be in control of this situation is to steer into the skid. (Go full speed into the uncertainty. If you don’t understand the terminology)
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