Millennials have a reputation for being impatient and wanting everything fast. “Millennials are always seeking instant gratification” as the stereotype goes. There is some validity to this belief and the truth is, there is nothing wrong with wanting accomplishments or success quickly. Having a desire to succeed quickly can be leveraged as an asset if properly channeled.
For my millennial crew that may be allowing the temptation of instant gratification get the best of you, I encourage you to avoid taking any shortcuts. Remember that when you take a shortcut, you are selling yourself short by cutting something out.
The “instant gratification” label that’s been assigned to you is not necessarily a bad thing. By combining the desire to succeed quickly with discipline and proper expectations management, this is an attribute that makes you an asset to any organization. This simply means that you are driven, determined and ambitious.
Achieving your goals in an accelerated timeline is admirable and impressive. The key is to make sure that you are properly prepared and equipped to sustain your success as you elevate to higher levels. That sustainability is greatly compromised when you take shortcuts. You have to exercise the discipline to choose want you want most, over what you want now.
There are processes in place to guide your journey to success. If you don’t like the current process, then develop a new one, but you must have a process, and you must follow that process. But whatever you do, don’t let the temptation of instant gratification lead you down the path of millennial shortcuts.
“He that can have patience can have what he will.” ― Benjamin Franklin