You’ve heard the one about how millenials are entitled, spoiled, terrible as employees, and disrespecting of authority? How we’re all so lazy that many of us still live with our parents and that we all think we’re too good to sort the mail? At Harvard Business Review, Cal Newport argues that it all comes back to our false expectations.
Newport explains that “follow your passion,” became the rallying cry for our generation, but that the phrase creates “an alternate universe where there’s a perfect job waiting for you, one that you’ll love right away once you discover it.” The phrase made it seem like we’d be happy right out of the gates, he argues, but that was never going to be the case.
I think Newport makes a good point, but I think he misses something important by not identifying how this fantasy—that if you follow your passion, happiness and a livelihood will follow suit—pervaded. We were lied to.