Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy
by Tim Urban
I highly suggest consuming the full piece here (7 min. read time)
Generation Y is the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990.
Happiness = Reality – Expectations
- “It’s pretty straightforward—when the reality of someone’s life is better than they had expected, they’re happy. When reality turns out to be worse than the expectations, they’re unhappy.” — Tim Urban
“Unfortunately, the funny thing about the world is that it turns out to not be that easy of a place, and the weird thing about careers is that they’re actually quite hard. Great careers take years of blood, sweat and tears to build—even the ones with no flowers or unicorns on them—and even the most successful people are rarely doing anything that great in their early or mid-20s.” — Tim Urban
1) Stay wildly ambitious: “The specific direction may be unclear, but it’ll work itself out—just dive in somewhere.” — Tim Urban
2) Stop thinking that you’re special: “The fact is, right now, you’re not special. You’re another completely inexperienced young person who doesn’t have all that much to offer yet. You can become special by working really hard for a long time.” — Tim Urban
3) Ignore everyone else: “The truth is that everyone else is just as indecisive, self-doubting, and frustrated as you are, and if you just do your thing, you’ll never have any reason to envy others.” — Tim Urban
My two cents: I, for one, can definitely say that this piece applies to Gen Z as well. This piece sort of compliments gradually in the sense that great careers, ambitions, and all of the other things that come with these things, take time. Gradually is a word I keep saying to myself when I feel a sense of entitlement, helplessness, and unhappiness. Nothing earned happens overnight, only gradually.
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