Failure to Launch: Don't Blame the Rocket, Blame the Pad.
By Eric Chester
Tuesday, 27th July 2010
Here we go again -

Just read another article pointing out how Gen Y young adults are moving back home in droves to live with mom and dad.  The justification behind this mass migration is, predictably, the economic hardships imposed by the current recession.

Got me thinking, maybe I should move back home, too!

After all, my business has been rocked by the recession.

I'd love for my dad to pay the bills for a while.  And mom could do my laundry and clean up my dirty dishes.

Unfortunately, there's a fundamental flaw with this plan. (And it goes beyond the fact that both of my parents are deceased.)

Even if they were alive and well, they'd never allow it.

When I graduated from college, I was told that there would always be a place at the table if I needed a hot meal, but that my mail was no longer to be sent to their home address.  It was a gentle but firm way of telling me I was on my own.

There were multiple times in my twenties when I was flat broke and keeping a roof over my head  was my biggest problem. And you know what?  I always found the answer to that problem contained in the four letter word W-O-R-K.

So I worked in jobs that were beneath my level of education and sophistication, jobs that I didn't want my friends to know I had, and jobs that ate up my nights and weekends. But I discovered that when you have to make it on your own, you quit whining, roll up your shirt sleeves, and work your way out of it.

This recession is a tough one, but there are still plenty of jobs to be had.

It's a shame there aren't more parents out there like mine who love their kids enough to kick them to the curb.

Eric Chester, President and Founder of Generation Why, Inc. and The A Game, LLC (The Bring Your A Game to Work initiative), author of Getting Them to Give a Damn—How to Get Your Front Line to Care About Your Bottom Line (Dearborn 2005), and award winning speaker is available through www.GenerationWhy.com or by calling 303-239-9999.
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