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11/13/2014 John Grubbs
It is interesting how truly ironic life can be when you are able to view it through the portal of wisdom. Experience is a valued old master that cannot be replicated no matter how much we try. Our need to be accepted as teenagers is a significant barrier to success as adults. As adults, we must often be different in order to achieve success. The average student, worker, singer, or athlete is rarely blessed with success by most definitions. The acceptance paradox states that the need to be accepted during one stage in life can actually prevent success in another.


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Millennial (Generation Y) Subsets – What Makes Them So Different?

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By John Grubbs

Why is this young generation so different? Are there factors in place that separate today’s youth from those in the past?  The research reveals two subsets that make this generation different.  In fact, this generation is a product of changing family dynamics as well as today’s economic reality.  This generation is more a reflection of contemporary society and reflects the values we as parents utilize for decision making.  Good or bad, parents must own the reality of the generation we have created.

The first subset that makes the millennial generation different is comprised of young people raised by a single mother who is often working two jobs to make difficult ends meet.  While she may love her children more than life itself, if she has no other family, her children are gaining most of their influence from...

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