A Message to Generations Y and Z: “Do Not Lean Back, Lean In”

Written by: Melissa Noyes, MSW

I came across an amazing blog by Andrew McAfee of the Harvard Business Review this morning.  Read it here (the rest of this blog won’t make much sense without it).

As a Millennial entrepreneur (and a woman), I found Sheryl’s advice to be refreshing and honest.  I also found it inspiring.  If you’ve ever started a business (or wanted to), you know that it takes a lot of time, dedication, and drive.  It’s easy to talk yourself out of it.  It’s easy to think that you can’t balance the pressure and work with the rest of your life.  I love her statement: “Do not lean back, lean in.”

Although her message is targeted toward the young women, I think her advice can transcend gender.  It speaks to all young people entering the workforce, and those who have recently entered.  It’s up to us to create our paths, to do something meaningful.  Many will call Millennials entitled and lazy; it’s up to us to change that perception.  Young people need to look inside themselves and find the courage to reach their full potential; to find what they are amazing at and do that to the best of their ability.

As Andrew McAfee stated, “The best way to thrive in this environment is to be excellent at what you do, and the best way to become excellent is to lean way in to your career as it starts. Good luck.”


About catalystxchange

Catalyst X-Change, Inc. is a 501c3 serving the greater Indianapolis area. Catalyst was founded by two Millennials (Kristin Clements-Effner and Melissa Noyes) with a passion and a vision for world change. We believe that significant and positive change can happen when individuals come together and match their passions with tangible actions. Our mission is to advance community through meaningful action.
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