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These 11 Millennials Prove that You Are On the Right Track

These 11 Millennials Prove that You Are On the Right Track

We’ve heard it all before: millennials are lazy, entitled, impatient and constantly glued to social media. Some of that might be true. But here are 11 so-called millennial traits and ideas and the way people have used them to accomplish some amazing things.

1. Posessing an unstoppable drive

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    Brian Kearney

    a 23-year-old college student who started his own PR firm, believes his unstoppable drive has allowed him to be successful. 

    The millennial mindset has definitely helped me get to where I am today. Like most millennials, I have an unstoppable drive and feel there’s no limit to what I can achieve if I put my mind to it. 

    2. Feeling entitled

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      Krystian Szastok, a 28-year-old digital marketer who came from Poland to England at the age of 20 after dropping out of university, believes his sense of entitlement allowed him to increase his income significantly. 

      The mentality of being ever optimistic and having a “can do” attitude, combined with the sense of entitlement allows me to never settle for anything and always go an extra mile to accomplish my goals. 

      3. Constantly improving

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        Michelle Burke is the 24-year-old marketing supervisor for WyckWyre and believes her constant desire to better herself has been key to her success. 

        Millennials love feedback from managers, whether positive or constructive criticism, to learn how to advance themselves. Work on individual and group projects at work to further your career and skills in the workplace, and this will lead to ultimate success. 

        4. Being idealistic

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          Sean Higgins is the co-founder of software company, Ilos, that just closed its seed funding round, and he believes that being idealistic help millennials get ahead. 

          We’re idealists because in any new venture there will be good days and bad. Honing in on how you help people and listening to the feedback you get are the things that keep you going. It’s that passion, that commitment, that gets you through tough times. 

          5. Putting freedom before money

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            Brad Hines

            is a 30-year-old lifehacker and digital marketing strategist who believes that putting freedom and lifestyle before money has made him successful.

            I have total work flexibility in a job I created myself, freedom to travel, I am healthy, and I focus more on enjoying work than making the most money. A lot of the lifehacking mentality has helped, for example, I put my finances and menial work on automation this year. 

            6. Putting meaning before money

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              Jill Jacinto, 29-year-old associate editorial and communications director, believes that millennials are successful because they seek out meaningful careers instead of chasing dollars. 

              The millennial generation created a nation of people who are doing their best to truly live their dreams. We’re no longer accepting jobs based on dollar signs. We’re seeking professions with merit and meaning. We’re looking to work hard but enjoy life — it’s not just a façade for Instagram. 

              7. Doing things your own way

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                Graham Bensinger, 28-year-old host and creator of “In Depth With Graham Bensinger,” believes that doing things differently and straying from the path of “normal” has created success for him. After a bad experience interviewing Terrell Owens for traditional sports media lead to Terrell being suspended, Graham created his own sports interview show that allows him to do things his way. 

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                As a freelance interviewer, I sometimes found myself unsatisfied as I handed over editorial control to a producer because I was unsure of what he or she would decide to air. By creating my own show, I have the freedom of choice and the episodes reflect my preferred approach to deeper, well-rounded discussions with prolific sports figures. 

                8. Taking risks

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                  Jenny Tchinnosian is the founder and director of SoulFire, a digital communication agency. The 27-year-old was born in Argentina and believes that her ability to take risks has allowed her to create a life that she is excited to get up and begin each day. 

                  I worked at National Geographic, The Associated Press, and had a high-paying job in Washington, DC when I began to seriously consider moving back to Argentina. I had not lived there since I was 10 and leaving it all to find my roots and start a business seemed like a huge risk; there was so much at stake. But I thought about it long and hard, then went for it. 

                  9. Being bold

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                    Lolita Taub came from a poor family in a gang-ridden neighborhood in South Central LA and now has sold over $45 million in hardware/software/services in her career working for major technology providers. She believes her success came from her bold aspirations to transcend expectations. 

                    I credit my success with being bold in who I am compared to the expectations of society. For example, exceeding the normal expectations of a poor, Mexican-American, inner-city girl and being confident that my own wants are worth pursuing, and knowing that I can accomplish whatever I put my mind to. 

                    10. Challenging authority

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                      Mitchell Stern, 30-year-old founder of Burning Bush Nurseries, which sells live cannabis plants to licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, believes that millennials’ enthusiasm for challenging authority is key to his success. 

                      Millennials have supreme confidence in our own ability to decide what’s best for ourselves and we let our experience with something trump the rhetoric that may accompany it. Furthermore, we believe in challenging authority and making decisions based on science instead of fear. 

                      11. Being motivated by “why” instead of “what”

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                        Jake Ducey is a 23-year-old author and motivational speaker who believes millennials succeed because they ask “why?” instead of “what?” 

                        Millennials are less moved by the glamouring possibility of a big house, and gold watch and more interested in work we love. The millennial mentality is to not go where the path may lead, but instead to leave the path and make your own trail. We want to find something we actually love doing.

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                        Last Updated on August 16, 2018

                        16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

                        16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

                        The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

                        How about a unique spin on things?

                        These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

                        1. Empty your mind.

                        It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

                        Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

                        Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

                        Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

                        How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

                        2. Keep certain days clear.

                        Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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                        This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

                        3. Prioritize your work.

                        Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

                        Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

                        Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

                        How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                        4. Chop up your time.

                        Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

                        5. Have a thinking position.

                        Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

                        What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

                        6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

                        To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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                        Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

                        7. Don’t try to do too much.

                        OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

                        8. Have a daily action plan.

                        Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

                        Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

                        9. Do your most dreaded project first.

                        Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

                        10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

                        The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

                        11. Have a place devoted to work.

                        If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

                        But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

                        Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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                        Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

                        12. Find your golden hour.

                        You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

                        Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

                        Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

                        Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

                        13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

                        It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

                        By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

                        Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

                        14. Never stop.

                        Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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                        Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

                        There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

                        15. Be in tune with your body.

                        Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

                        16. Try different methods.

                        Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

                        It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

                        Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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