How Lemmings That Graduate From School
...Remain Lemmings In The Business World
The lengthening of school life, which presumably begins today as early as preschool, and the resulting delaying of the start of work life that many young people are currently living through exhibits a rather unique challenge to families overburdened today by the responsibility of having to continue to care for young adults well past the age of 20.
As a young adult unable to take care of oneself, many graduates likely face what their predecessors never had to confront: less permanent work, greater school debt and a lack of work experience in a world that today is highly dynamic and globally fluid.
With this change has come great uncertainty and a re-shifting of expectations within and between generations. This is stressful, as those who embraced an antiquated model of behavior -- namely that of going to school for years with the hope of eventually getting a full-time job that would last until the onset of retirement - are now grasping for a workable model of behavior. The old paradigm is gone with the wind.
But it is too much to say that most people in this situation want to seize onto a new model of behavior. There is resistance to the old and tried model of entrepreneurship. There is a preference for employer-controlled work assignments, what I call wage servitude. Instead it is more accurate to say that most people in this situation still want to seize onto the antiquated model. The one they've always expected to rely on. The one that involves working, but only if some external force stepped in to make minor adjustments today to their current state of affairs.
This is what I call lemming thinking. Watch this.
Rather than face the facts that those strong biological urges that drive the lemming to migrate en masse toward better pastures will not produce the physical stamina also to cross a wide body of water to reach them, the individual lemming plunges headlong together with his peers right into the abyss and drowns.
What comfort must there be in knowing you're not sinking alone, huh?
In a similar way metaphorically, those families that deeply felt compelled to follow the traditional approach to reach adulthood and rushed en masse to seize it, cannot today tread water and are sinking in unison under the currents of changing norms. Grown sons and daughters are returning home unable to take care of themselves to the tune of 85% of new college students choosing to move back to their childhood bedrooms after graduation. One in 3 will turn 30 years old still living with their parents. More than 50% of adults between the age of 18 and 24 currently live with their parents. This collective sinking is the new normal.
But is sinking an impersonal fate for everyone?
No. There are some lemmings that survive. They're the ones that don't jump in the water. It is not known why lemming behave as they do, booming and migrating so chaotically before plummeting to near extinction. But they do not all die. They do not go extinct. Think of it this way: the enterprising lemming stays behind.
Listen to what Scott Cook has to say about lemmings. He is founder of Intuit, the #1 accounting software company in the world for small businesses. He knows a great deal about entrepreneurship.
Be an enterprising lemming. Don't follow the crowd to your own demise and that of your family. Set up your own pellet stand. Help all surviving lemmings prosper. Graduate from school but not from the business world.
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