The Flaws in Simon Sinek’s Speech on Millennialism
It isn’t often I encounter someone talking sense on Millennialism, so Simon Sinek’s rant on Millennials in the workplace was a welcome surprise. The speech was full of highlights, and Sinek is obviously developing an intellectual grasp on the problem at hand. There aren’t many of us, and for that I applaud him.
Perhaps the most overlooked gem was his proposal of an age restriction for social media use. This could prevent a Millennial 2.0 generation, a process I fear is already underway. Save our children from the internet.
Other points included cell phone addiction, instant gratification, alcoholism, laziness, entitlement, and a lack of social skills. If these sound familiar, you may be a reader of my column. While I concur and find truth in most everything he said, there were a few things that stood out as off base. Sinek studies Millennials in the workplace and makes many astute observations. It’s his conclusions that leave me baffled. In my estimation, Sinek fails to grasp the scope of the problem.
One basic mistake is his assumption that Millennialism is curable. It’s not. The disease is both progressive and terminal. Wasting time and resources on a pursuit like rehabbing zombies is not advisable. We should arm the citizenry with awareness, and formulate a strategy for quarantine.
Sinek postulates a Millennial “best case scenario”, and frankly, it’s served with a liberal dose of idealism. The scenario includes an entire population growing up and going through life without ever finding joy. They’ll just drift through life, and everything will be fine. He is under the impression that Millennialism is a sort of fixable phase, and doesn’t understand its progressive nature. He also espouses frightening ideology.
He claims Millennials were dealt a bad hand through no fault of their own. That’s right. Through no fault of their own. I’m suspicious of anyone who removes culpability from the individual. It’s crippling. Blames parenting, corporations, and leadership.
Everyone but the Millennial caused Millennialism. He then goes on to encourage companies to “help” and “teach” the Millennial the skills they lack the gumption to earn on their own. Good luck with that.
Despite Sinek’s successful identification of Millennial symptoms, his analysis falls short on the topic of treatment. Still, he’s doing better than most and helping spread awareness, the first step to quarantine. Share the word and keep up the good fight.
SAY NO TO MILLENNIALISM!