However, although the media is constantly reporting how Michigan needs to recruit "high tech manufacturing jobs" to the state, a more interesting thing is happening. The Gen Xers are doing their own thing.
I write a lot about Jeff Gordinier's book X Saves the World - and Gordinier's assertion that Xers are "micro" and "indy" in their approach to work. That's what's happening in my town. Things are supposedly so bad - and yet pretty much everyone I know has a thriving career. I believe it's because most everyone I know is a Gen Xer who never really bought into the Industrial Age model of work (even if we did have to tolerate it for the early part of our careers.)
My husband recently started his own consulting business - and he's got more work than he (almost) can handle. Another guy I know has a thriving design business. Another gal I know does, too. There's also these folks. And these. The Xers have even started their own "business after hours," because the chamber one wasn't really jiving with what the Xers wanted. Even our State Representative is an Xer.
As Xers, we're often not all that great at speaking up. We kind of have this thing where we don't think we can change your mind, so we don't bother trying. And I think it hurts us. So when the media says everything is terrible, we don't bother correcting them. Today, I am correcting them.
The truth is, if you have a 21st Century Information Age mindset, things are probably going okay for you.
I agree--and it would be great to see more coverage of this, regardless of medium. Of course, the Millennials already think they invented this phenomenon.
Don't forget about these guys!
You know, Mike, I was going to include them, and I just forgot. Thanks for sharing the web page. There's a revolution going on in Bay City - but so many people don't know it!
Nothing much to add except that I completely agree!
@Kristina - i'd like to add that as a published author, you definitely fall into my category of Gen Xers who have not bought into the 20th Century Industrial Age workforce structure.
Want to check out Kris's latest work? Find it here: http://www.kristinariggle.net/
Mike is not a Gen-Xer. I demand that you delete his comment now. ;-)
Shawn is unaware that I am a 38 year-old trapped in a 24 year-old body. The comment stands as is.
@Shawn and @Mike Doesn't EVERYONE want to be a Gen Xer?
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