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    Millennials have approached an intersection. This generation, that is often referred to as representing the future, is now also representing the present. Millennials not only “have next” but they “have now”.

    For me, there was always something special about being next. Whether it was next in line at a restaurant or next up in a pickup game. Whenever I was next, I secretly enjoyed that feeling of excitement and anticipation of what was to come. I think secretly, we all get certain joys out of anticipating the satisfaction of getting to experience something we’ve been patiently (or impatiently) waiting for.

    Millennials are at a unique place in history where they have the good fortune of being next and being now. You get the exhilarating feeling of anticipating what’s to come, along with the joy of experiencing the game right now.
    I want all millennials to recognize that you are capable of defining the world’s present conditions as much as you will be responsible for shaping our future. As the underground hip hop classic by Non Phixion so eloquently stated… The Future Is Now.

    Millennials have come of age and are still coming of age. This generation represents high school hopefuls, young professionals, parents, CEO’s entrepreneurs, political figures, philanthropists, diversity practitioners and everything in between. The world needs your talent and contributions now. Don’t feel like you have to wait until tomorrow. You obviously can’t do it alone, but you’re not expected to. You are, however, expected to get in the game. Share your talents, contributions and leadership today. What are you waiting for?

    Something else that I remember about waiting to be next is the behavior it sometimes caused me to adopt. As much as I enjoyed the anticipation of being next, if I wasn’t careful, I’d get distracted and wander too far away from the action and miss my turn. This was the worse.

    Millennials don’t miss your turn! Don’t sit idle on the sidelines waiting to get into a game that you’re already a part of. The game has changed and you helped change it.

    Organizations worldwide are struggling with the importance of servant leadership, the power of inclusion, embracing diversity, social entrepreneurship and ironically enough millennial integration into the workforce.

    These are not tomorrow’s challenges; these are all issues that need resolution today and you have the answers. Millennials, yes you are the future. You are also the present. Don’t miss your turn waiting for the next game to start. The game is happening now and you’re right in the middle of it.

    “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” ― Eric Roth

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