two cheers for the slacker.

21 02 2011

20-something “slackers” have changed (and are changing) the world.
Stop trying to rush them into growing up, getting a wife, starting a family and settling down.

This is the premise of one of the latest pieces published by The Wall Street Journal.

Oooooohhhh, good stuff.

The author uses some pretty powerful examples to make his case:
Mark Zuckerberg. Age 26. Created Facebook. (changed my life)
Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim. Created YouTube. (changed my life)

Who needs marriage, family and adulthood?
I’m in the process of creating something better!
(This is the war cry of today’s 20-somethings).

Heck, it was my war cry – and that of my friends (still is for some). The belief is that we are figuring ourselves out. We want adventures, accomplishments and accolades without being “tied-down”.

“Do we really want more generations of 23-year-old men who drink themselves to sleep every night dreaming about what they might have done if they hadn’t gotten married and had kids right out of school? Do we want to repeat the mistakes of our fathers or learn from them?”
The assumption in this quote is that our fathers really messed things up by getting married at a younger age.

I don’t buy it.

I think a 23 year old can be married and still be creative.

I have come up with my own list of individuals who accomplished great things while married.

George Lucas. Created STAR WARS! Married.
George Washington. FOUNDED America! Married.
Michael Jordan. WON 6 NBA titles. (Didn’t win ANY till after he was married)

I think each of these accomplishments helped change the lives of generations of youth!

Looks like you don’t have to be a “shaggy, hangdog 27-year-oldr dressed in a baggy college sweatshirt and cargo shorts, taking empty pizza boxes and beer bottles to the dumpster” in order to accomplish greatness.

Oh, and one more pretty important guy….
” I, Nephi, took one of the daughters of Ishmael to wife…” (1 Nephi 16:7)
(although to be fair, the age at which he was married is a bit unclear)

? Do you need to put off marriage to be able to create great things?




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