They say that we don’t know the struggle, because we were never a part of it.
Older generations are still holding tight onto the reins, and those in power still attempt to dictate the discourse.
Now let’s look at the facts:
• Evan Spiegel is the chief executive of instant messaging service, Snapchat. Spiegal is 25.
• Snapchat co-founder, Bobby Murphy is worth $1.8 billion. Murphy is 26.
• Elizabeth Holmes, founder of bloodtesting company, Theranos, is worth $4.5 billion. Holmes is 31.
• Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO and co-founder of Facebook. Zuckerburg is 31.
All of these leaders are millennials under the age of 35.
Perhaps we’re lazy, narcissistic, entitled and selfie-centric but, by 2018, millennials will have the most spending power of any generation.
Africa has the youngest population in the world.
Over half of South Africa is under 39 years old.
South African millennials are instructed to behave, to obey the status quo, to think in normative, conventional ways, and to never contradict the structures that older generations have set in place.
The Young Independents disagree.
The leaders of today disrupt, innovate, heal, trail-blaze and influence.
The Young Independents create new services, new products, new worlds of art and reflection, new empires, new ideologies and new realities.
They’re brave, intelligent, passionate, unrelenting and focused.
We rewrite history. We are the epitome of transformation and progress.
The mindset? In the face of adversity, transform an obstacle into a challenge; transform a dream into a goal.
The Top 100 come from all walks of life, but their shared experience of conquering fears and persevering is clearly evident. Read their profiles very carefully and recognise the patterns.
Articulate your dream. Find your inner leader. And conquer.
– Editor of TYI, Saajida Francis
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