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"I believe in the future and the future is Millennial"

THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK


Back in 2013, when I graduated and started my first company, YOU Training & Development, I had to work with a lot of youths. Of course, I didn't know they were Millennials back then. I didn't even know I was a Millennial back then.


These were youths who were looking to earn some side income while  they studied, waited for University to start or if they were taking a GAP year.


They usually work with many companies, not committed to one, because the gigs are never confirmed until the last minute. Companies don't hire for such roles full time, and yet, their main business depends heavily on these talents to deliver the training programs.


As I started securing more deals, I also found myself struggling to retain the top talents for my projects. And that's because in this industry, people tend to jump towards gigs that pay the best; even if they had committed to other gigs prior to that. 


So being in that environment, I started to realise that I needed to go above and beyond the basics to engage with the top talents to take up my projects and work for my Company, even if I wasn't the best paymaster in the market.


To be fair, I didn't get it right initially. I went through lots and lots of challenging times working with them. It took me a while to understand that having a "I'm the BOSS here" approach didn't really gel well with them.


I went on a mission to earn their trust and win their favour because they were an integral part of my company - even if they weren't full time.

This 'mission' brought me on a journey to really understand what motivated them, what engaged them. I started hanging out with them after projects, learning more about the other projects they were involved in and the other companies they were working at.


During my conversations with them, I found out that many of them were lost. Their future looked blurry to them and it weighed heavily on them. 


The lack of clarity amidst the pressure to start earning, finding the right job, finding the right life partner, not knowing what their actual strengths were, how they could add value, to settle down etc. They were going through a 'quarter life crisis' of their own - although it sounds rather dramatic when you say it like that. 


It was around this time that I started noticing different conversations around this generation - while mostly complaints in nature - about their work ethics and their unique way of operating.



The Story behind the Book

Back in 2013, when I graduated and started my first company, YOU Training & Development, I had to work with a lot of youths. Of course, I didn't know they were Millennials back then. I didn't even know I was a Millennial back then.


These were youths who were looking to earn some side income while  they studied, waited for University to start or if they were taking a GAP year.


They usually work with many companies, not committed to one, because the gigs are never confirmed until the last minute. Companies don't hire for such roles full time, and yet, their main business depends heavily on these talents to deliver the training programs.


As I started securing more deals, I also found myself struggling to retain the top talents for my projects. And that's because in this industry, people tend to jump towards gigs that pay the best; even if they had committed to other gigs prior to that. 


So being in that environment, I started to realise that I needed to go above and beyond the basics to engage with the top talents to take up my projects and work for my Company, even if I wasn't the best paymaster in the market.


To be fair, I didn't get it right initially. I went through lots and lots of challenging times working with them. It took me a while to understand that having a "I'm the BOSS here" approach didn't really gel well with them.


I went on a mission to earn their trust and win their favour because they were an integral part of my company - even if they weren't full time.

This 'mission' brought me on a journey to really understand what motivated them, what engaged them. I started hanging out with them after projects, learning more about the other projects they were involved in and the other companies they were working at.


During my conversations with them, I found out that many of them were lost. Their future looked blurry to them and it weighed heavily on them. 


The lack of clarity amidst the pressure to start earning, finding the right job, finding the right life partner, not knowing what their actual strengths were, how they could add value, to settle down etc. They were going through a 'quarter life crisis' of their own - although it sounds rather dramatic when you say it like that. 


It was around this time that I started noticing different conversations around this generation - while mostly complaints in nature - about their work ethics and their unique way of operating.



Teachers were complaining about this generations' parents being too involved. Army officers were complaining about the young officers' being 'strawberries'. My friends were complaining about the companies they joined. It became clear to me that this issue is bigger than the symptoms we were observing.


While I could empathise with most of the comments, I also knew that if we could understand them better, their mindset better, we could bring out the best in them like I did for my own organisation.


And that kickstarted the birth of my first book, Empowering Millennials - written to Empower Millennials and help them manage this confusing phase of their lives as they begin to enter the workforce.


This 'mission' brought me on a journey to really understand what motivated them, what engaged them. I started hanging out with them after projects, learning more about the other projects they were involved in and the other companies they were working at.


During my conversations with them, I found out that many of them were lost. Their future looked blurry to them and it weighed heavily on them. 


The lack of clarity amidst the pressure to start earning, finding the right job, finding the right life partner, not knowing what their actual strengths were, how they could add value, to settle down etc. They were going through a 'quarter life crisis' of their own - although it sounds rather dramatic when you say it like that. 


It was around this time that I started noticing different conversations around this generation - while mostly complaints in nature - about their work ethics and their unique way of operating.


Teachers were complaining about this generations' parents being too involved. Army officers were complaining about the young officers' being 'strawberries'. My friends were complaining about the companies they joined. It became clear to me that this issue is bigger than the symptoms we were observing.


While I could empathise with most of the comments, I also knew that if we could understand them better, their mindset better, we could bring out the best in them like I did for my own organisation.


And that kickstarted the birth of my first book, Empowering Millennials - written to Empower Millennials and help them manage this confusing phase of their lives as they begin to enter the workforce.


My hope for you after reading 

Adulting is hard. But it doesn't have to be that way


Working on a full-time job, doing your taxes, running errands for the house and looking forward to doing nothing at home over the weekend - may not be the lifestyle you're looking forward to. But it's definitely something you need to prepare yourself for, because sooner or later, somebody's gotta do them all. During this phase of your early to mid twenties, you might find yourself struggling to find your own bearings.


  • What kind of a career do I want?
  • Should I follow my passion or listen to my parents?
  • Should I try Entrepreneurship or work at a Full Time job?
  • What am I really good at? What are my strengths?
  • How can I live the cool lifestyle that my friends have on Instagram?


All of these are relevant questions, and I hope this book gives you answers that empower you to cope with the uncertainty that comes with leaving the academic life and entering the working world. 


My hope is that this book becomes your friend and a mentor that shows you the way towards finding your own direction, your own vibe. 


My hope is that this book allows you to be you, to live life on your own terms, and live it dangerously - without any form of fear.






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