It’s Our Time
Today, we live in a world where in order to be at the top of the political or corporate ladder, you also have to be old and “experienced.” For decades, the traditional way of moving up in the world has been to wait your turn. Millennials are taking the world by storm and saying “Okay, now it’s our time to hold the power.” The rest of the world is saying, “Hold on, you’re 23 years old. What gives you the right to be in charge?” What gives us the right? It’s simply because we live in a different world now. Business, politics, and education will never be the same again because of technology and the cultural changes that technology has brought about. Older generations are baffled by it. Millennials were born into it.
If you take a look at politics, only 9 out of the 435 members of the House of Representatives are under the age of 35 and the youngest member of the Senate is 40. I think few people would argue against the statement that our political system needs innovation and change, and it’s not going to come from older generations. Millennials are hungry to execute that change.
“I’m just like my country I’m young, scrappy, and hungry.” – Hamilton, An American Musical
Do you know who else saw a system that needed fixing? Our founding fathers. But they must have been old right? Wrong. On July 4, 1776, most of the founding fathers were under the age of 40. James Monroe was 18, John Marshall was 20, Aaron Burr was 20, Alexander Hamilton was 21, and James Madison was 25. Even Thomas Jefferson, who authored the Declaration of Independence, was only 33.
Young people have always been at the forefront of bringing about change. I truly believe millennials today have the same spirit as our founding fathers from over 200 years ago. The country trusted them to forge a new future, why not trust millennials to do the same now?