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Older generations often consider millennials entitled and lazy in the workplace. Millennials see themselves as more efficient and better at challenging established rules in a way that sparks growth and innovation. Which one is it?

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Millennials aren't lazy, quite the opposite, they are hard workers.
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Millennials make money from what they love

Millennials work incredibly hard to make money doing what they love.

Context

Other generations see Millennials spending time doing what they love. This makes them think they are lazy or unwilling to work for something they aren't fully invested in. In reality, millennials are masters at making money from what they love.

The Argument

Love video games? Find people to pay you to live stream you playing a game. Love travelling? Write about it in a blog and make money. Millennials devote a lot of time to monetizing their hobbies. It doesn’t mean they aren’t working hard, it just means they aren't working hard for some random mundane job.[1] Millennials have already launched twice as many businesses as Baby Boomers. They work hard. They lead large teams and they put the work in. But they do it for what they are passionate about, not just for the sake of it.

Counter arguments

Doing hobby jobs robs Millennials of life skills like communication, teamwork and business etiquette. Professional gamers and bloggers might have a job now, but what about when the market turns? What will they do when they are middle-aged and there is no demand to watch them play their outdated games?? Millennials will be forced to enter the workforce without valuable face-to-face communication skills and without an understanding of a traditional workplace. They will be ill-equipped to handle the rigours and stress of a “real” job. Being hardworking isn't just about working hard at your hobbies. Everyone can do that. It is about putting in the work when you don't want to. Millennials, in their unwillingness to work hard at things that don't interest them, are, therefore, not hardworking. They are lazy.

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Premises

[P1] Millennials start more businesses than other generations. [P2] This is because they are good at finding ways of making money from their hobbies. [P3] Millennials aren't lazy, they work very hard, but only at things they are passionate about.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P3] Working hard at a hobby doesn't mean they aren't lazy. Real hard work means working hard at something you are not passionate about.

References

  1. https://www.inc.com/marla-tabaka/some-see-millennials-as-lazy-entitled-yet-they-may-be-most-successful-generation-of-our-time.html

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