The skill every Gen Z needs to develop

I there is one thing our generation suffers from most… I could argue it’s a severe lack of patience.

This isn’t our fault; this isn’t your fault.

We have been conditioned since birth to lack patience due to rapidly changing technology. Our generation is blessed with technological advantages that allow us to skip years of learning and get information at any time we want.

BUT… Technological change presents us with disadvantages as well. We can get anything we want at the swipe of a finger. If we want food but can’t be bothered to cook… Uber eats.

We can watch almost any movie at any time, we no longer watch T.V. shows one week at a time. We binge them in a week.

  • Movies 
  • T.V. shows
  • Porn 
  • Food
  • Information about anyone 

So you can see what I mean when I say its not your fault. And if you had terrible parents, that might have just thrown an iPad in your face whenever you winged or moaned, contributing to your lousy patience every more.

Graeme Cohen

-RUOK-

  “We have lost the ability to daydream, to sit still.”


Having our phones in our pockets at all time has completely squashed our ability to be alone. To sit still and be with our thoughts. The second we are alone we pull it out and start scrolling or messaging.

I know this because I do It as well. And it is something I am continually working on improving. 

So PATIENCE:

 How does this affect us long term?

Unicorn companies like Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, Google ect have lead us to crave instant business success.

How many people have the goal “be a millionaire but 25, be a millionaire by 30”. Why? And More importantly, how? 

Building a business, a personal brand or climbing up the ladder in business requires time. It requires patience and a lot of learning. You can’t just start something and expect it to grow to a million in 6 months.

Two of my best mates started a company in January 2020, and they hit $1m in revenue in August 2020. But let's look at what it took to achieve $1m in 7 months.

They have been in small business and marketing for over a decade. They have started multiple companies and failed. They have gone through business training programs and worked for top marketing companies in Australia. They also spent a year before launching developing, creating and designing their product whilst still working part-time jobs to survive.

Their rapid success looks rapid on paper, but when you analyse it deeper, you will see it actually required a lot of patience and lots of learning.


“It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success”

- lionel messi

All these “Tik Tok Entrepreneurs” and “gurus” online selling you course that claim you will become financially free or instantly successful make millions of dollars scamming people because everyone wants instant success and instant wealth. They prey on that factor.

Lets take BITCOIN. 

Or Crypto currency, When Bitcoin blew up, people made millions seemingly overnight. This lead millions of people to invest into crypto and bitcoin, which meant that price of these currencies decreased. Everyone invested because they wanted instant results and wanted to double their money now.

The S&P 500 is a very safe place to invest your money. It is a low risk low reward scenario. But it is low reward short term… The S&P500 has increased consistently by 10% over the past 100 years. Meaning long term you can make a lot of money.

Patience…

So if I could wish one skill on young people it would be patience, followed very closely by self-discipline, the two are tied together.

Start analysing yourself. Every time you are alone, do you pull out your phone?

Can you sit by yourself and be comfortable?

Are you chasing an instant money opportunity?


The Curse of Technology for Gen Z’s

The hidden side of social media older generations are unaware of.

Everyone knows social media is a dangerous tool for young people. On one hand it is full of opportunity but on the other it is a cancerous parasite eating into our brains.

The problem is kids who are growing up with social media haven’t built up the walls to block it out and not become reliant on it. Technology is changing so fast our brains havent adapted to this monumental shift.

Older generations suffered from sexism, racism, war and so on.

So to say social media is bad for young kids almost sounds trivial and insulting to older generations. But this is the problem. They are so unaware of how damaging it is.

Let me give you a VERY common example everyone in modern high-school experiences.

You are sitting at home on a Friday night after a long day at school. You open up your phone and start scrolling through social media. You see a bunch of stories from your school friends.

You open up one story. He is drunk at a party filming everyone else drinking and having fun. You aren’t super close with these people but are still hurt you wren’t invited.

Here is the dangerous part… I mentioned “a bunch” of stories. You know what all those stories are going to be but you click on them anyway. You watch 3 minutes worth stories showing every angle and every highlight of the party whilst you lie in bed doing nothing.

 Want to know the kicker? The next afternoon you get to see a photo album of professional edited images captured from the night. All the bad moments have been kept out of course.

You never really cared about this party, but now you have basically seen the entire party and everyone who was invited you feel like crap because you were left out.

This is what young people are facing. Breaking up is hard right?

Imagine breaking up in the world of technology. Guys and girls are talking to each other EVERY single day. Unlike "back in the day" when you have a boyfriend or girlfriend, you might see her once a week, maybe talk to her on the phone when you could.

Kids are speaking 24/7, seven days a week. So when the breakup happens it is similar to quitting a drug. He/she stop messages you all of a sudden. You go from having someone you can message at any point about anything to nothing. No late night messages before bed. Nothing.

So many kids can’t even deal with this and often end up getting back together because they can’t handle the change. They are addicted. Not to the person, addicted to the attention.

I could go on for pages about the dangers of technology, but let me tell you as someone who has experienced both of those scenarios it is incredibly harmful.

Gen z suffers from the highest levels of mental health problems ever in a generation. In my opinion it is because of social media and the expectations we now have for our life. We are constantly comparing ourselves to others whether we do it consciously or subconsciously.

Please be carful with social media.

Why are you on there?

Business or personal?

Who do you follow and why?

If you are just following influencers or celebs then your feed id just going to be constant comparison. If you use social media as a way to stay connected with friends and family then great!

It is something to think about….