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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??
Regarding the generations, there's this amazing difference in people's attitudes and lifestyles, and I notice more and more that I'm right in the middle of this huge generation gap. At the age of 35, I notice people in my age group, and slightly above, that seem to have no ambition, no drive, expect to have everything handed to them. They're not the majority, but there's a lot of them. Just below my age range seems to be where people like this transition to the majority. There are still a lot of driven 20 somethings, but the ones that are trying to make something of themselves seem to be in the minority.
Most of the "kids" that work in the shop I run seem to be content to just work there and get their paycheck, go out drinking and live at home with their parents. Some of these "kids" have already turned 30. My industry is one where someone with a little intelligence and a lot of drive can go from making minimum wage to making six figures within 5 years, easily. I know this because I did it, and my cousin who I got started in the business 6 months behind me, is in the same situation. At the same time, there's one guy in the shop in particular who was nothing but a helper when I started, and he's still there in the same position now, 7 years later. I went from being his trainee to being his boss, and he doesn't even see the problem with that. Now as his boss I try to get him to take an interest and put forth some effort, but he wants nothing more than to live in his parents basement and drink his paycheck away.
I know this is anecdotal, but I notice it everywhere. I see it in the shop where I work, hear about it from clients and colleagues, and read about it in the news and on the internet and on forums like this one. The world is shifting thanks to modern technology, but there isn't much any of us can do about it. The 24 hour news cycle and information overload society that require everyone to constantly be updated on everyone else status instantly means we spend so much less time doing and more time watching everyone else do. Couple that with the government and corporations constantly instilling fear in people so they buy now, spend now, get more, upgrade, and we see why people can't get ahead or even keep up. I'm doing very well by most people's standards, but I see what's coming and know that I need to keep working harder and harder just to maintain. Maybe I'm the fool and the "lazy" people have it right, there's no reason to put forth so much effort when the game is rigged, and always will be.
Where will the world be when the people who do put forth the effort now finally give in and stop putting forth so much effort?