Top 5 Lessons from Millennial Takeover Interviews

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For the past 6 months I’ve been collecting interviews from millennial leaders from around the world. And while each one has been working on something drastically different, their insights have a lot in common. Inspired by the work that they do, here is my list of the top 5 lessons I’ve learned from the millennials I’ve interviewed so far.

1. Stop dragging your feet and go for it.

You could wait until the timing is right, but that may never come. The sooner you start working on pursuing your passion project, the sooner you’ll know if you’ve got a great idea. Not a single person interviewed has regretted the decision to take that leap of faith, so chance are you won’t either.

2. This is hard work… but it’s totally doable.

Most of these millennial leaders have been clawing their way to grow their ideas into actual entities. That has come from many late nights, weekend long work sessions, and a commitment to see the project through.
3. Don’t forget about your greatest asset, your sanity.

The whole purpose of building out your idea is so that you can be happy. When you are pushing yourself (and your support system) to focus solely on the development of this project so you stop sleeping regularly or eating, you are on a one way train to a breakdown. Those are never pretty and often damage more than you’d ever imagine. So get that sleep, get to that work out because if you aren’t on your A game, then your company/organization/project won’t be either.

4. You are not alone.

While the rest of your friends are hitting up happy hour after work or have an established routine, starting out on your own can feel isolating. Your schedule is designed to squeeze every minute out of it so you can be productive while their’s are structured and predictable.

Finding a community of fellow entrepreneurs is critical to remind you that you are on the right track and that you’ve totally got this.

5. Put your “why” at the center of everything that you do.

You will face set backs and obstacles, it’s an inevitable part of life. But if you put your “why am I doing this” at the center of everything you do, you’ll be motivated to keep pushing and keep creating.

I have gained so much insight from the millennials I’ve interviewed so far and I hope that you have gained a little insight from them as well.

Until next week!

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