There is an old saying that states, youth is wasted on the young.
There is some truth to that. For example, how many young people take time to appreciate sitting on the floor and getting up with ease? Or staying up all night to watch a movie and hang out with friends without passing out somewhere in the corner?
There are some perks that young folks just don’t realize they have….I get that.
But, recently I had a conversation with a college student that changed my whole understanding of how I could and should be running my business.
I recently wrote a book, Confessions of a Melanated Queen: Complexities of The Modern Black Woman (you can find click the link below to purchase). Recently, I have been reaching out to event planners to arrange opportunities for me to serve as a vendor at their upcoming events.
I found one, an undergraduate student at a local university, who welcomed my request with open arms and encouraged me to participate as a vendor at her function. She quoted me the vendor’s fee and provided the electronic payment options I could choose from in order to secure me table.
Me: Hmmm….so you don’t take credit card payments over the phone huh?
Me: There are no links to register my table on a website somewhere, no?
Me: Ok, so I need to get one of these apps, right?
And so I did. I downloaded an app that will allow me to pay this brilliant, young, event planner immediately.
And you know what else? Now I won’t look crazy at her event telling a bunch of college students that I only take cash and credit cards. Just as I was able to quickly secure my table through this app, I am certain that I can maximize my sales as well.
I also realized that I am way behind the curve, as at least 20 other people in my phone had the app already.
Where have I been?
I don’t know, but I’m getting it together now.
I am an older millennial. As an early 80’s baby, I still have one foot in the days of old and the other in a progressive society that waits for no one.
Needless to say, it pays to listen to the youth. Simply not having the option to submit payment in a way that I felt comfortable with, forced me to tap into systems that are not only frequently used by the generation that will soon run our society, but will in turn benefit me.
Young people, especially young millennials, are often judged, ostracized, and labeled as the generation that never looks up. Yet they are the most creative, ambitious, go-getters I know. They knew going in to college that the opportunities for jobs will not be as accessible post-graduation as they were for their predecessors. As a result, they build their own paths.
Take note: today’s youth may appear to only have the ability to focus on a small hand-held screen. But trust and believe me when I say they think globally.
Shout out to my new college connect! Thanks for upgrading me!
Dr. Lauren Meeks
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen
Confessions of A Melanated Queen: Complexities of the Modern Black Woman, is comprised of controversial and thought-provoking commentary related to life, marriage, and family, through the lens of a millennial African American woman