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Quarter-Life Crisis : What is it?

 “The WHAT-life crisis?”

 That was my response when I first heard about the quarter-life crisis.

We’ve all heard about the mid-life crisis: the point in an executive’s life when an epiphany of self-realization that they’ve physically and professionally peaked, dictates their behavior or decision making.

Perhaps the reason why the Corvette continues strong sales in the US ;)

But the quarter-life crisis!?  Now you have my attention.

Here’s my latest transformational talk about the Quarter-Life Crisis experienced by many Millennials:

 So why are young (Millennial) American adults feeling emotions of:

  • Lack of self-worth and confidence, and adequacy
  • Depression
  • Apathy
  • Emptiness
  • Inadequacy

 What is this crisis of belief…? The Quarter-life Crisis?

It would be easy to blame social media and how image crafting leads to unreasonably comparing yourself to a highly curated and precisely crafted narrative. Media content does not equal reality!

It’s also reasonable to believe that young adults are finally attaining jobs and experiencing work that isn’t fulfilling. They are having to painfully learn that #adulting isn’t without adversity and struggle.

"In many ways, we’ve enabled entitlement because of the way we teach and raise our kids." 

It would also be logical to blame the shift in the values of our country. As a culture, over the last 20 years, we’ve been preaching to children and youth that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to. In many ways, we’ve enabled entitlement because of the way we teach and raise our kids. When they don’t achieve their goals they’re ill-equipped to deal with the feelings of failure or inadequacy.

But the real reason a young adult experiences this internal crisis is because they’ve placed themselves at the center of the universe.

In fact, we’re all guilty of thinking," the world revolves around ME!". 

When we value ourselves above others, including our team, we are always going to end up questioning our identity and purpose. Being selfish and self-serving always leads to isolation.

So before we get too philosophical, and before I start preaching, let me close with this and tie it back to organizational leadership.

A team will never be successful if they are isolated and selfish.

 "Help your team experience SELF WORTH, VALUE, PURPOSE, AND MEANING by challenging them to understand the importance of your vision and why the work they are performing is important." - Wesley Dameron, Quarter Life Crisis 

And finally, by challenging your team to serve others, either internally or externally, will you be teaching them how to deal with struggles that accompany a Quarter-life Crisis.

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