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What Meaningful Work Does to Youth (Part 1)

Youth today have grown up in a SCENE that adults have created. Read More

False premises everywhere

You write:

"Most of the time, those who’ve learned the value of work:"

How do you define them? And where are the studies documenting the statements you make below?

"1. Live a life of meaning"

Maybe - if by "meaning", you mean "striving to get stuff" (money, power, possessions, fame...)

"2. See the bigger picture"

Maybe - if by "bigger", you mean "more full of even more stuff".

"3. Know how to add value to others"

Maybe - if by "add value", you mean "get them to conform to preconceived ideas of how they should be".

"4. Are far better at working alongside others"

Maybe - if by "working alonside", you mean "forcing into submission".

"5. Gain wisdom to manage both money and time"

Maybe - if by "manage", you mean "dedicate to getting stuff".

So not only are your affirmations coming out of nowhere, but they don't even necessary mean what you think they mean in the eyes of many people out there, especially among the youth.

As for how things are supposedly different for young people today compared to how they used to be, I'm truly baffled.

"Adolescence has come to be associated with drinking, smoking, having sex, and acquiring material goods, legally or otherwise. "

"Kids today are definitely busy—more than ever—but their activities are about recitals, practices and rehearsals for games and contests. Their stress comes from a contrived activity instead of a meaningful task. What’s at stake is a ribbon or a trophy, not leaving their community something valuable."

All of this could easily have been written 30 or 50 years ago! So how exactly are things different today??

Oh, and ending the article with a question about *meaningful* work when you started it with the premise that young people today are not taught the value of *hard* work is not cool. Meaningful and hard are two completely distinct concepts: one can work very hard at a very meaningless job, as well as very lazily at a meaningful task. It would seem to me that anyone intent on teaching young people would want to make sure that they are acutely aware of that difference...

I agree with the idea that

I agree with the idea that the younger generation are being brought up with less ambition than before. Personally I think it's sad, but it's not the childs fault. They are taught everything the know from their parents. If the parents of children know how to be ambitious in life, then they rub it off on their children. Sometimes it may hurt to dream high, but if you don't dream high you won't have something to strive for in life and then your life becomes meaningless. I personally believe that children should be encouraged to learn what they want to learn and what they will use further in life from an earlier age. I personally am in the psychology field and wish that i had been taught about the brain from grade 1. If we are taught of our capabilities from a young age then we will learn faster and better.
If you learn what you are passionate about at a young age then you will be able to enjoy working. When you see working as fun then it is no longer a job. You do more work because you enjoy it, and you are more productive, creating a good worker.

No kids have seen their

No kids have seen their boomer parents divorce,change jobs over and over, get let go from jobs their parents worked at for years,lose their homes,Seen countless jobs be shipped overseas,etc,etc. What we have learned sir is that the fantasy boomers grew up with that working hard and being loyal doesn't always pay in the end. So now we hold out for something more or something that will make us feel good. What our parents believed in is gone.

Teens are living in a world

Teens are living in a world vastly different from the world from 30-40 years ago when our parents were growing up. Until the older generation is willing to admit the gig is up and you cant keep remarketing the American Dream like nothing has changed, nothing will change.

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Tim Elmore is the founder and president of Growing Leaders, an international non-profit organization created to develop emerging leaders.

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