A 17-year-old self-made millionaire has slammed Aussie adults for labelling Millennials “lazy”, claiming youngsters, such as himself, are among some of the hardest working people in the country.
Jack Bloomfield, who has single handedly developed several eCommerce stores, has vented his frustration towards the older generation for their supposedly incorrect views on those his age in an open letter published by news.com.au, using his own experiences to prove that not all young adults are couch potatoes.
While many, including Muffin Break General Manager Natalie Brennan, have accused Millennials of not wanting to work for their money and showing no ambition in their career, the teen claimed that is certainly not the case, with many young adults putting their all into developing long and successful careers.
“If I had a dollar for every time I heard yet another insult about Millennials like me, I could probably actually afford to be every bit as lazy as we’re always being accused of being,” Jack began.
The talented and business savvy teen continued by drawing on previous reports that labelled Millennials “entitled and over-informed” and said he was just a child when he first started earning money, proving that he certainly has the drive many claim the younger generations don’t possess.
Jack explained he was 12-years-old when he began mowing a neighbour’s lawn for money without any guidance from his parents or other adult figures. He claimed he used those skills developed early on to then begin his e-commerce company which has since led to him pocketing millions of dollars.
“My day starts at 5.30am and I spend my first two hours monitoring what happened on my sites the night before,” he explained. “I use the quiet hours of the morning (before my parents are even awake) to work on my company’s long-term goals.
“Then it’s off to school for a pretty regular day before I get home at about 4pm and do two hours of homework and have dinner with my parents. After that, though, it’s back to work.”
But according to Jack, he’s not the only one with strive and ambition with plenty of other young people across the country doing incredible things for Australia. He claimed there are a whole heap of intelligent young entrepreneurs building their own businesses, but yet they are still being labelled “lazy” by older generations.
“But you know what? We’re not listening,” he exclaimed. “We don’t want to spent 40 years chained to a desk taking a pay cheque like you did. We want to be in charge of our own future.
“And we’re making it happen whether you like it or not.”
His honest message follows comments made earlier this year by Muffin Break General Manager Natalie Brennan who claimed Millennials no longer see the value in gaining work experience through an internship, blaming social media for their severe lack of passion.
Discussing the current work environment, the general manager said she barely ever has young university students and graduates knocking on her door looking to gain experience through internships and unpaid work with only one person approaching her in the last six or so years.
Brennan told the publication every single person who has in the past taken on an internship with her has ended up with a job but Millennials are just not willing to take that step.
“I think everybody thinks social media is going to get them ahead somewhere,” she explained. “There’s definitely that inflated view of their self-importance because they have X amount of Instagram followers or this many likes. That’s dangerous.”