A few months ago, I asked my nephew whether he was worried about getting a job when he finished university. He looked at me as if I were crazy. “Of course I am.” He said. And not just him. His generation has to accept that starting off in life will be harder than it has been in the past.
I have thought about that conversation a lot since then. How does that pressure affect young people? In one sense, it is positive. No doubt they work harder to be ready for opportunity than I did back in the 1970’s. But there is a risk too that winning is more important than people. That nice guys finish last.
So it is nice to see, from time to time, stories about nice people creating nice organizations that do well. Like the food store chain Wegmans- Atlantic has their story.
FOLLOW - My concern is not just that of an aging hippie who wants more peace and love. As Jonah Lehrer points out, the sad fact is that we don’t get more creative by working harder or being harder on ourselves.
2d FOLLOW - The flip side of the coin is that being wildly creative does not mean you are a nice person. Like Caravaggio. Last night I watched Simon Schama’s story of his life. Good grief! What a mess he was!
3rd FOLLOW - NYT offers a rather sobering overview of the job prospects of some recent graduates.