Challenging the Status Quo

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: if you want to create meaning, you have to challenge the status quo.

Most entrepreneurs are motivated by this idea of doing things differently. It’s built into our DNA. We become entrepreneurs because we’re convinced that what’s already out there isn’t good enough – and we think we can do it better.

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The good news is: as millennials, we’re really good at challenging others (heck, I even got a degree in critical thinking).

The bad news is: that’s not enough (and I don’t just mean the degree).

We can spend all the time in the world pointing out the flaws and failures of every company, government, system, or solution. But unless we’re passionate enough to do it better, the status quo will remain the same.

Why does this matter?

Because from a societal perspective, we need change. We need innovation, we need passion, and we need entrepreneurs.

From a personal perspective? We need meaning. That’s the millennial dream. And it might be that the only way to find it, is to create it ourselves.

Here’s another secret: The way things have been done isn’t the best way to keep doing things. If you don’t challenge the status quo, someone else will.

Or maybe no one will. What would be worse?

Share with us work you know of that is challenging the status quo using the hashtag #theMillennialDream.