A world that initially stereotyped us in our youth as slackers and outsiders will now need our inside experience for the solutions to all its problems.  A lot of the inspiration for this blog is about how Gen X is now finally in the process of stepping up as the new leaders of society.  Generation X seems to have been born right as the tides of history were changing, which means we have knowledge that spans two completely different eras of time.  For example, we grew up in a pre-tech world, and yet we were the first technologically literate generation - we're the ones who built the internet.  Collectively we have extraordinary knowledge and experience and our leadership is exactly what the world now needs....

 Get ready to pull out the toolbox of your life experience

If you are Gen X, you probably watched an enormous amount of television growing up.  I wrote a paper in college on the influence of TV on Gen X. Nothing influenced us more (or possibly even taught us more than the TV). For better or for worse, TV taught you a lot about how the world works.

Gen X is known for doing temp work.  This means that you may have worked in something like 50 -100 different work settings.  This gives you an enormous breadth of knowledge on the inner workings of businesses and organizations.  What you didn't learn from TV, you learned from temp work.  TV and temp work were "your Harvard and your Yale." 

You were most likely a latchkey kid which means you got used to self-sufficiency and figured out all kinds of ways to solve problems on your own outside of the expected or prescribed way to solve them.   The standard method of problem-solving in our world is evolving - you will be needed to step in and help with this.

You lived a transient lifestyle to some degree, either in your childhood or in your young adulthood.  By seeing a lot of the world, it has given you a lot of obvious insight into the bigger picture.

You have felt old since you were eight.  This means getting old doesn't really scare you the way it does others.  At least in some sense, you will be grateful when your hair is gray in that at least your outer being matches your inner one.  Because you were an old soul from the start, you'll be coming into your own as you grow older.

You have a strong propensity toward morality.  In spite of spending time in an environment void of morality or full of hypocracy, you have found a way to tune into your own heart - because you had to.  Even if it took some trial and error, even if it still does, you are finding that compass within you to point you in the right direction. 

I hope that, even if in some small way, this blog can help you fine tune that compass. 

"If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world it will come through the expression of your own personality, that single spark of divinity that sets you off and make you different from every other living creature."    -Bruce Barton

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."
 - Albert Schweitzer

Thank you fellow Gen Xers, for all the times you have rekindled my spark.                                                                                                

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