Slingshot's owner has been quoted in the Dallas Morning News: "[Millenials] get an apartment and a kitty, and they can't cope. Work becomes an ancillary casualty. They're good kids with talent who want to succeed. That's what makes me nuts."
You can read the whole article here.
Much of the article quotes Cathie Looney, a speaker who recently gave a talk at Slingshot highlighting the differences between the work styles of the generations (and the resulting gaps). She was a really great presenter. A funny lady. Who had all of us nodding our heads: "uh-huh. Heard THAT girl." etc.
And while millenials may be programmed with all the positive reinforcement and teammate qualities in the world (Looney says this is the generation of participation trophies in elementary school and mom calling the professor to challenge grades in college) maybe they've never truly been given an opportunity to fail.
And as G.I Joe would say: failing is half the battle.
And the half I know pretty well. I consider myself a connoisseur of rough patches. And while I can look back at the balance of my life experience (as I'm apt to do the week I turn 35 and officially pass into a new demographic - the graying early middle aged one) I see the long arc as a blessed path, but the ups and downs in the middle are where I learned to rely on myself. And God. I'm not a religious man, but I'm comfortable being a part of the big plan.
We all know it takes risk to succeed. But does it take failure? Specifically true fucked-up, shit-the-bed failure? What if you truly took risks - but never failed? What if you came up with new and brilliant ideas? And they ALL WORKED? Or what if you listened to all the good advice and TOOK IT?
What would define your success? Finally failing? Or earning enough money to buy that gold-plated Ferrari?