Exactly what is the purpose of a bridge? By definition, a bridge provides a passage over or across terrain that otherwise may not be crossable. Simply put, bridges are a means of connection or transition from one destination to another.
What are the bridges in life that will get millennials from where they are today to where they need and want to be tomorrow? And once they identify what those bridges are, who’s responsible for building them?
We are all responsible for building bridges with millennials.
It’s the responsibility of each generation to provide a pathway to success for each generation that follows. Baby Boomers and Generation X have a responsibility to millennials to help get them from point A to point B. Millennials, however have to take an active role in building that bridge also. Baby Boomers and Generation X’ers can’t and shouldn't be expected to build the bridge for you. They should be expected to help you.
It’s also important for millennials to know that one bridge will not get you to where you ultimately want to go in life. As the saying goes, success is a journey, not a destination. Your journey will require a series of bridges.
Building the bridge isn't enough though. Once its built, you have to cross it. This obviously requires action.
I’ve learned over time that the strength of the bridges in my life have been determined by my level of belief. What gets me across those bridges is my faith. Depending on how much I believe in myself or what I’m doing or what I can accomplish determines the sturdiness of the bridge that gets me there. My level of belief dictates whether I have a straw bridge, a wooden bridge or a steel bridge.
It would be ashamed though to have “steel bridge belief” and not realize the dream because you never crossed the bridge. That’s where faith kicks in. You have to put action behind your beliefs. I've met a lot of people that believed they were good enough for the job or capable of starting a business and they were right. They just didn't act on it and those success stories were never told.
Gandhi said, “To believe in something and not live it, is dishonest”. I couldn't agree more. When we don’t act on what we believe we are being dishonest with our selves and everyone around us.
The efficacy of your bridges on this success journey is built on belief, faith and action. Your belief let’s you know that you can do it. Your faith ensures that you will do it. Your action gets you the results from doing it.
How strong is your bridge?
"The difference between who I am and who I want to be is separated only by my actions and words." ~ Brian Solis
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