I grew up in a household of entrepreneurs. Both of my parents own their own businesses, as does my brother (along with a successful full-time career).
Entrepreneurship has become a bit of a buzzword as of late. Everyone who makes a few bucks on the side or has a personal blog has become to call themselves an entrepreneur, or a CEO. Though, exactly what they are Chief-Executive-ing, often remains a mystery.
I think this speaks to a societal shift in what is desirable, though. I do not have a single friend in my generation I can name who’s told me they hope to rise to the top of the corporate ladder at their big company and retire on a fat pension.
Do you know why? Because it is not part of our reality. We are seeing (and experiencing) massive layoffs. We are seeing bankruptcies. Enormous brand names closing hundreds of stores in front of our eyes. Even security is no longer secure.
Aside from that, we are mobile now. Am I writing this on the couch in my living room, or on my phone on a beach in Monaco? There’s no way for you to know for sure — the only thing you know is that either one is possible.
Our generation does not want to be tied to a single company, or path, or goal. We enjoy the adventure of creating our own path, rather than traveling one that is laid out for us. We aren’t so much concerned about carrying on a tradition, so much as we are about figuring out new, more efficient ways to do things.
We can work from our phones and tablets while we travel the world. We can experience new cultures, places, people, and jobs.
Some may say that this could lead to dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Stability is necessary to be fulfilled. Which, may be true. The beauty of this path, though, is that we get to define what’s going to make us happy, through experiencing it for ourselves.
We don’t slide into a mold that’s been predetermined for us, we figure out how to work the machine and make a mold that fits us, instead.
This way, when we find the right lifestyle, we will know it, and we will choose to settle into it. Stability, to me, is something that is earned over time through failure and hardship. It’s something that may take years to create, but then last a lifetime.
We color outside the lines. We pull the rails off of the tracks. We fail, and get up, and try again. But, we wouldn’t have it any other way, because life is meant to be lived. Life is meant to be experienced. Life, for us, is the exploration of the new rather than the repetition of the old.
The day will probably come when we choose security, consistency, and stability — but until then, freedom is our ultimate currency.