How Millennials Are Putting The Wind In Their Own Sails Empowerment How Millennials Are Putting The Wind In Their Own Sails Millennials are the largest, strongest, and arguably the most successful group of entrepreneurs yet. A lot of it might have to do with the fact that technology is almost everywhere making the world a much smaller place, but there is also something to be said for the go-getter attitude of most young entrepreneurs these days. They seem to have an unending supply of confidence and even when they fail, they are never down for long. How are they doing it? What do they know that seasoned business people don’t? Here are some ways they are seizing the moment and claiming their place in the sun. 1 Nothing Works out 100% Right the First Time Today’s millennial entrepreneurs have a knack for seeing the silver lining in any situation. It’s not clear if this clairvoyance stems from observing previous generations and understanding that everything really does work out for the best or if they really believe that even their biggest mistakes won’t keep them down. Whatever they have kicking under their smiles and care-free attitudes, it’s working. Young employees, especially those employed with start-ups are almost annoyingly optimistic. It probably helps that more and more young people are getting an education – from books and experience. It also can’t hurt to be young. If something fails, they still have most of their lives to figure out something that does work. 2 Accept Support and Encouragement Wherever You Can Get It Everyone needs a support system, whether it’s just you and your thoughts, a group of friends, or whole gamut of people you can turn to when the going gets tough. In my experience, young entrepreneurs have caught on to this concept quickly. They know that they need support and encouragement is extremely helpful. We are human, after all, with complex emotions, and sometimes we need to know someone somewhere believes in what we are doing. Realizing encouragement, even in its smallest forms takes a keen eye, especially in today’s age when we’re too busy putting down everyone and everything. Instead of dismissing a compliment or an acknowledgement of a good idea, they look you in the eye, say “thank you,” and log that gem away for a rainy day. 3 Always Have Plan B Even with the best and brightest ideas, new businesses can flop if all the circumstances aren’t exactly right. The product design, product name, ingredients, advertising, marketing, and more all have to line up and come together in one cohesive package to be counted as a true success. We know that this rarely happens, so we grumble and accept concessions here and there when we can. Millennials, however, are finding ways to deal with setbacks in a positive way. Not only do they acknowledge their failures, but they already have a solution waiting in the wings and ready to roll out as soon as they need it. Again, the foresight of these start-ups is something else. Can you imagine what the world would be like today if every company was ready with a newer or better product before it was needed? 4 For Pete’s Sake, Believe in Your Idea(s) Perhaps one of the most important lessons millennial entrepreneurs are teaching past and future business generations is the simplest concept yet – believe in yourself and your ideas. It’s yours, so own it. If you don’t think it will work, surely no one else will. If your amazing mind came up with an innovation that could potentially change the world for the better, it is your responsibility to share it, pass it on, develop it, and turn it into a real thing. How else do you think millennials are getting their start-ups going? They believe in what they are doing. Can it really be that simple? Yes, yes it can. With the Right Stuff, Anyone Can Be Successful It appears that young business starters have learned a few things about what it takes to make it big in today’s market. Good for them. Whether they gleaned this knowledge from years of observation or reading books about business tactics, who cares? The point is they are doing it and winning. Hats off to the millennials and what they stand for! Something tells me that this generation of business gurus isn’t done surprising us yet. We’ll have to be sure to keep an eye out for more of their amazing entrepreneurial feats. Their positive influence doesn’t end there; they are also not shy about helping others succeed. This practice is becoming so widely used (and gladly accepted) that before long, the world will be one big collective of companies helping each other to make the world a better place through cooperation. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for that day to arrive. “If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it for yourself” – Mindy Kaling Iman Oubou Aside from being the founder and Editor-In-Chief of SWAAY Media, Iman is also Miss New York US, a philanthropist, a champion of Women Entrepreneurs, a Scientist and a Fashionista. She is the host of the popular podcast Entrepreneurs En Vogue, powered by SWAAY.