Over the years, the baby boom age has transcended to the millennial boom age: where most of us are either entering into college, graduating, job searching or forging our own business to the way of life. We grew to become humans who aren’t only fighting to survive, but fighting to leave a mark, a legacy and becoming someone to be looked on as an inspiration.
However, many obstacles stand in our way such as finances, responsibilities, loans and commitments to others and ourselves. This leads to many weird decisions, sometimes rash and irrational, bringing on many unexpected consequences. Unfortunately, no one ever gave us a guideline on how to navigate the 21st-century millennial boom. We were given books of knowledge and wisdom, but not the guidelines to understanding this century.
To be able to navigate the maps, you need to understand the geography and its components. Here are some tips to navigate the millennial jungle. I hope this can help many overcome the various obstacles ahead of them.
1. Adapt Your Steps to Deal With The “Now”.
Growing up with parents, teachers, guardians or anyone from the 90’s always leads to the advices of what worked in their times. Unfortunately many have failed to realize that many of these advices don’t work in this 21st century. When we are taught to continuously follow the old ways of life, we find it hard to leave the past behind and adapt to the new. This leads us to be left behind in the dust of our competitors.
We need to accept and understand that the old methodology and advices aren’t viable for our present world. We are here to make our own rules and forge our way to the future. Creativity and leadership may be scary, however; these are the principles that will eventually get you ahead.
2. Being An All Rounder Is A Good Thing
Have you ever been told to calm down, to chill and that you don’t need to know everything? If you have, then you’re not the only one. Over the years, many have been advised it’s better to be the master of one than to be the jack of all. However, in today’s world, knowing a little of everything will help you navigate through the seas of the unknown.
If you’re in the field of marketing, it’s definitely useful for you to know about the latest on Kim Kardashian, the teams in EURO2016, the best restaurants in the world, the techniques of make pasta, the skills of Photoshop and so much more. This increases your knowledge and makes you a more interesting person .
However, you should also be open to listening to others and their opinions, because knowledge is power.
3. Learn To Manage Your Finances Smartly
One of the biggest problems millennial’s face these days is managing their finances. Most of were not given any financial education while growing up. So we lacked financial literacy when we entered the world of adulthood. We jump upon the wrong deal and make poor choices. This leads us into losing money or being in a bigger debt.
Read and understand about investment and money. Recently in many countries, various independent banks have been formed with the sole purpose of helping millennials. They help manage your finances as well as give you the savings plans needed to ensure a secure future. Research and make a smart decision before committing to anything financially.
4. Do Not Take Big Bites Too Early
The biggest mistake millennials do these days is to take on a huge commitment before even being ready for it. When we graduate and move out on our own, we aim for a proper apartment and a car on a mortgage. However, we fail to realize that when we are at the beginning of our career and our lives, it is risky to take on big financial responsibilities.
Before spending on a car or apartment, take a step back and organize the timeline for your lives. Cut back on the unnecessary costs and investments identified. Do not bite more than you can chew. Use public transport and if you’ve got to move in with your parents for a short while, take that opportunity to save some money.
one-step at a time when it comes to money and investments. You’ll eventually be able to live comfortably on your own. These tips will definitely help many to live successfully and could help prevent some unexpected setbacks along the way.
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