Attention Boomers: Millennials Make Great Mentors

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How familiar are you with these terms: infographics, ibeacons, mobile apps, disruption, or multi-channel marketing?   Until a few months ago, these words meant nothing to me either.  However, it seems that these subjects kept coming in business conversations and I hate to always be the one to ask the question; “what does that mean?”  I decided to do something about it.

Enter a very smart millennial.  His name is Scott and he’s 27.  He’s started five very successful companies.  He has his MBA and knows how to translate technology stuff into words people like me can understand.  I had read that instead of complaining about how out of touch I feel I could ask someone who knows the latest technology stuff to help me.  So, I asked Scott if he would mentor me and in return I would make business introductions.  It turns out he knows more people than I do however he did agree to meet with me occasionally and answer questions.  Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  • It’s never too late to learn new stuff.  If you get the basics and the benefits of something like social media it’s not hard.  It does take time and commitment to be online and participate.
  • There room for everyone in the new sharing economy.  Boomers have the opportunity to be open minded and listen to a generation that is idealistic, smart, driven and dedicated to making a difference….sound familiar?
  • It’s fun to work with someone who is not jaded by crappy managers and miserable jobs.  Scott’s motto is “I don’t work for or with stupid people”….I’ve adopted this philosophy and it’s made deals much easier and lessened stress because I realize I have choice.
  • The opportunities are endless once you decide to welcome new ideas and ways of doing business.  Forming alliances and educating your clients is the way to be more successful

So, here’s my advice.  Be on the lookout for a bright younger person who is willing to teach you what they know.  Here’s the best part.  You will feel better about yourself because you’re understanding what’s going on and what people are talking about.  Your confidence gets a boost and you know you’re increasing your value and richness of life.



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