It has been said that power is like a drug; it can be very addictive. Many people place their focus in life on acquiring power. Once they have the power they want more. I guess that’s where the addictive effect comes in. Most people seek power because of the control and feeling of supremacy that it brings. The irony is we actually become slaves to the things that we are most addicted to, so then who’s really in control?
Millennials seek power just like the Baby Boomers and Generation X’ers before them.
The biggest difference is that the millennial power quest is rooted in the “why”. Millennials understand that in order to impact change, it requires influence and the ability to call the shots, and that all comes with power and authority.
It’s similar to the thought process that Mr. Shawn Carter so eloquently stated in his hit song Moment of Clarity; “I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them”.
The more power you gain in your industry, the more addictive it can become.
We see it all the time in government, military, entertainment and in even in corporate. These are also industries in which those that are in power have some of the greatest influence on the health and welfare of our society.
There is nothing wrong with seeking positions of power as long as it’s fueled by purpose. And becoming powerful is not a purpose in life; it’s what you do with that power that gives your life purpose.
So do millennials seek purpose over power?
Based on my experience, I would say yes. There are obviously no absolutes to a statement like that, but I believe it to be true for the most part. The millennials all stars that I have the pleasure of engaging and working with everyday are more focused on making a difference than positions of power. It just so happens that the positions of power are a where the biggest differences can be made.
Be careful on your journey my millennial friends, that you do not allow the addictive lure of power to rob you of the fulfillment of your purpose. Keep your eyes on the prize!
“You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world.” ― Woodrow Wilson