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Day 218: Ten Thousand Hour Rule

Today I saw a quote from Malcolm Gladwell that said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a master. Figuring a 40-hour average work week, that means it would take 4 years, 10 months, and 2 weeks to become a master at your profession. In a world where my friends from college are getting promotions left and right in cultures that don’t adhere to linear and structured career progression, I’m getting twitchy. As some of my older co-workers might say, this is my ‘millennial tendency.’ Which if you’ve followed my blog at all, I think that excuse is complete bulls****.

I think from a personal standpoint, I’ve always had trouble with the whole patience thing (just ask my finance L or my best friend LB). I’m always looking for ways to optimize and gain efficiencies. I get frustrated by superfluous structure that impedes growth and creativity. I love to look at new ways to do things, because no matter what industry you’re in, your customers are looking down new paths. I like predicting what’s coming next and I love engaging in a debate that challenges me to think of things differently.

When a workplace isn’t structured to make that four years, ten months, and two weeks a learning environment, it’s easy to get frustrated. But I still love the concept behind Gladwell’s quote. Although I think our workplace environment can be greatly improved, I can keep my education going. I can work towards my 10,000th hour, knowing that the journey will force me to learn about patience and my field.

From an outfit standpoint, I wanted something easy and breezy (side note: I totally have the new ANTM on my DVR. WOHOOO). This dress is super comfortable and easy to wear with anything! Since we were expecting a chilly day, I tossed on some tights. I added leopard flats for a fun print and viola! Perfect Tuesday-that-feels-like-a-Monday outfit!

Outfit Details
Dress: LeTote purchased eight months ago for $14 (similar, similar)
Shoes: J. Crew purchased second-hand one year ago for $30 (similar, similar)

Day 120: Four Reasons to Not Hate Millennials

At work I’ve been getting a lot of hate for being under 30 (bonus points for not having a kid). Unfortunately millennials get a bad rep, but we make up 38% of the workforce. While you’re trying to make our lives difficult because #jobsecurity, we’re over here resenting you as much as you resent us.

1. We grew up entrenched in the digital age. While you were trying to figure out the difference between tweeting and putting up a Facebook profile picture, we were already onto the next great platform. Don’t get us wrong, we’ve also played on some of the duds – Foursquare, I’m looking at you. So don’t get mad when we veto your ‘next big idea’ because if it’s in the digital space, there’s a good chance we’ve seen it. Don’t just ignore us – you taking a class in social media at some fancy conference your company paid for is not the same. That’s like taking Spanish class once a week at the community college and thinking it’s the same as studying abroad in Seville.

2. We are not scared of hard work, but we do not want to work just to work. I’ve seen some people at my company who are proud that they work 60+ weeks every week. I’m sorry, but if you’re working that much then something is wrong – either you can’t delegate, you don’t know how to ask for help, or you’re an painfully inefficient worker. If we don’t see a damn good reason to be doing our job, then we’re counting the minutes until happy hour. When I ask why we do something one way and you respond “That’s the way we’ve always done it,” it makes my skin crawl.

3. We spend money on stupid stuff. I get it, you didn’t get your first new car until you were in your 30’s and you sure didn’t travel to the Philippines. Let’s just ahead and call us the No Regrets generation. (Unless you’re the moron who got a #NoRegrats tattoo. You should 100% regret that one). In all honesty, you may not understand the way we spend our money, but we’re helping to drive our economy. And if you’re lucky, we’re also buying your products. 

4. Our friends are important to us and we’re really lucky that we have a million ways to connect with them. Think of the people you lost touch with over the years (and are probably reconnecting with now on Facebook). My friends are spread all over the country, but I talk to most of them on a semi-regular basis. Maybe you don’t understand the ridiculous Snapchat I’m sending to my former roommate, but I promise you she gets it and it probably makes her day. 

So let’s lay off the hate and all work together. You may not believe me, but we actually are team players. And we have about two-hundred group projects to prove it. 

Onto my outfit! Patterned pants have been exploding in popularity at my office and I’m loving the trend! I usually pair them with a nice light-weight sweater because my office building is Ice Age 2. This morning I went back and forth a bunch between dark and light loafers, but I landed with these tan ones.

Sound off – anything I missed on my millennials list?

Outfit Details
Sweater: J Crew Factory purchased one year ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Pants: ThredUp (Talbots) purchased one year ago for $22 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Abound) purchased eight months ago for $19 (exact, similar)

Day 77: Why Millennials Buy Cars

There’s two sides of the “Why Do All Millennials Buy New Cars” debate.

  1. The Millennial: “I worked my butt off in college and I want something shiny and new that proves to the world that I am an adult!”
  2. Generation that Graduated College Pre-2005: “New car?! I didn’t get a new car until I was in the workforce for ten years! Let me tell you about my ’79 Buick. You had to hit the dashboard three times to make the radio come on…”

These are both the extremes, but they address a larger discussion: lots of millennials are buying brand spanking new cars.  Where do I fit in? I bought my Subaru Forester in 2014  – two months after I graduated college.

Through college I drove a 2005 Toyota Tundra (which I wrote about the other day).  If it was up to me, I would still be in that gorgeous gas-guzzler. When I graduated college, my truck had about 200k miles on it and he was starting to act like it. Mid-way through the summer, my power steering blew and it was going to be about $6,000 to fix, which was approximately $3,800 more than I had in my bank account.

So I started researching. I made a pros and cons list that would make Rory Gilmore proud. I wanted an SUV or bigger (I will never understand SmartCars), something that was fairly fuel efficient, and something that didn’t break the bank. Most importantly, I wanted a new car.

Why new? Some of the articles I read said millennials are wow’ed by fancy gadgets and progressive company image. For me, it was a concern of reliability. I wanted to have a car that I knew had received its oil change on time (I’m anal) that I could expect to run for a long, long time.  LB and L both have gotten new cars with one year of graduating college too (Toyota RAV4 and Chevy Cruze, respectively). LB and L have steady jobs, but their cars (both from high school) where not quite as reliable.

Yes, millennials want things that are cool and shiny. Yes, there’s lots of us who have no true understanding of debt (when your college loans are $50k+, we might as well be looking at the $616 billion federal deficit).

Anyone else buy a new car right after college? Or have no idea why someone with debt would buy something so expensive?

Outfit Details
Top: ThredUp (Ella Moss) purchased six months ago for $11 (similar, similar)
Pants: J. Crew Factory purchased one year ago for $60 (exact, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Vince Camuto) purchased three months ago for $50 (similar)