A challenge to my generation

A challenge to my generation

Written by: Komail Mithani

July 13, 2010 6:47 pm 4 comments

I have been thinking about this post for awhile now, and there is probably no better way to start it then to tell you where I got my inspiration from. A couple of months ago, a very successful and hard-working entrepreneur, Derek Johnson (CEO of Tatango.com) created this video that critiqued the state of our current generation.

Being a recent graduate, I first took some offense to this video because I see myself as a “hustler” (as Derek describes) trying to make things happen for me and not waiting for someone or something. But, I soon came to realize how dead accurate he was.The video got me thinking about my generation, the generation raised or influenced by technology, beer pong, Facebook, Myspace, the iPhone and Lady Gaga. The generation that takes things for granted and whom believe success is served on a platinum plate. Day in and day out, I see so many students just passing life by with the same routine: school, pizza, gym and party (sometimes not even school). We are turning into a generation whose best trait is laziness. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the phrase, “I was way too hungover to make it to class this morning.”

Our generation, my generation is defining itself with low ambitions; which is something that kills me inside. Just cause you show up to something doesn’t mean you’re going to be successful. Unfortunately, I don’t believe many people realize this.

Hopefully I’ve got you thinking now.

With this being said, I want to propose a challenge to you, actually to our generation. I want to challenge you to look at your life and envision where you would like it to be in 10 to 20 years. I can bet that you have some sort of general idea of what you want to accomplish or have. Now, I ask you, what are you doing NOW to get there? What steps/plans are you taking right now to get you to where you want to go? How are you motivating yourself to do the things you love?

Stop waiting for a moment to come. Instead, create your own and make sure it’s something you’re proud of and it means something to you.

This isn’t just any generation that he criticized, this is our generation, our peers, our ambitions and our future. So what are we going to do to turn things around?

{Note – I know many of you are working hard day in and day out (hustling like I am), and I applaud you on your ambitions and hard-work. Obviously, this post is not directed to you. However, I’m curious to here your thoughts about our generation and your observations. Am I right or completely wrong?}

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  • http://czech-made.blogspot.com Opelova


    Well. I have always been ambitious and I do my best to get where I want.
    When I moved to the UK and Started the Uni, I was shocked by the attitude of my classmates. I know the first year of Uni doesn’t count but that doesn’t mean you should waste it (at least that’s what I think).
    I agree with what Derek said in his video. It’s sad but the only thing we can do about it is not to be like that. You cannot talk people out of their ignorance and laziness because they just do see your point. A lot of people tend to chose the easier way even though it’s not always the right one.

    btw: thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I just wanted to ask if there is something I could do to make it better.

    Thanks a lot :)

    • kmithani

      Thanks for your comment Petra. You’re right, it’s hard to change someone’s perspective, but I hate seeing my fellow peers dream big and do nothing to accomplish it. A lot of them are really intelligent but they waste it away on booze. I hope this is only a phase through college that changes once they enter into the real world.

      PS: I’ll email you some feedback in the next couple of days. Glad you stopped by my blog as well!

  • http://kaitmustwait.wordpress.com Kait

    I quite agree with you. It is very disheartening to look around (and I go to and art and design college —- where the urban outfitters catalog comes to life) and see only selfish pride, vanity, and very low ambition. We have more resources than we can possible use and some still choose the show up baked/plastered and never really take your work seriously (but take yourself, your image, like SO seriously omg wtf lol).

    My fiance and are incredibly excited to get out in the world (we’re dreaming up an ad agency, print shop, weaving/sewing/design studio, coffeeshop. I don’t know how it will manifest, but our creative and motivated selves will be out in the world doing something awesome.

    I have high hopes and great concerns.
    Let’s keep hustling and we’ll change the world.

    • kmithani

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kait and stopping by my blog. I’d be interested to hear more about the ad agency you and your fiance are dreaming of creating. It sounds fascinating! Take care.