Millennial Impact on American Football

This episode today is the final episode of season two! I have had so much fun putting this all together to help us all create a football coaching life on our terms. From delivering football conversations with some of the brightest minds in our game, to gaining profound knowledge from people outside of our industry in those Analysis & Application episodes and those special success principles in Inside Access that help us all move the needle in the right direction. It’s all been my privilege to deliver that to you.

Gabrielle is one of the most booked Millennial motivators in the world. She has been called the “next generation of motivators” by Tom Ziglar and is a popular TEDx presenter, bestselling author, and co-founder of The Purpose Company. Her work has been endorsed by the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Brian Tracy, Lewis Howes, and co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Marc Victor Hansen. Gabrielle has worked with everyone from presidential campaigns, the U.S. Navy and Air Force, and the top brands in the world. Gabrielle has been featured in major media outlets including SUCCESS, NPR, Sirius XM Radio, Bloomberg Radio, Glamour Magazine, Business Insider, and Los Angeles Times.

Gabrielle quit her job at 23 to launch her first company, consulting major brands and the government on how to reach Millennials. Her breakout moment came when at a networking meeting she introduced herself as a “Millennial expert” to someone who would end up being her first client (the U.S. Navy). Gabrielle has written 5 books ranging from Millennial motivation, next-generation entrepreneurship, and how to find your purpose. Gabrielle‘s approach to life, love, and business is the self-deprecating deeply wise, and insanely practical solution we need right now.

Today’s episode might just be the best one yet! A few months ago, I discovered the foremost expert on the millennial generation… Gabrielle Bosché. I was blown away by her insight and kept thinking about how it all applies to our football coaching profession.

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What’s a millennial? So millennials were born between 1982 and 1996, and are the largest generation that has ever existed. And so we’re really sandwiched between two other generations, Generation X, which is born between 1965 and 1981. And then we’re dealing now with Gen Z, which is the new head-scratcher that I’m sure we’ll be getting into, which is born between 1997 and 2020. So we’re really this fascinating generation that’s in between two much smaller generations.

The tension between generations: That Gen X tension, most people think that it’s Millennials versus boomers. It’s really not and I’ve been in this space for over 15 years of studying generational dynamics and specifically generational leadership, where we see the most frustration the most tension is between Millennials and Gen X. Because the truth is Gen X millennials have very similar ideals and very similar ideas of how teams should be led and conversations should be held and even how meetings should be led. And yet, Generation X because they were so small, they had to go along to get along. They said, I don’t like your rules, but I’ll follow them. So that way, I’ll get what I want. At the end of the day, millennials came in and said, I don’t like your rules. And there’s more of us than there are of you so we’re going to change them. And that’s where some bitterness and frustration come into the conversation. It’s because we’ve got one generation who paid their dues, and the other generation who is seemingly changing the rules around how dues are being paid.

 Sage Advice: I always tell people to stop taking advice from people who don’t have the values, or aren’t living the life that they want. Find those people that are and listen to their advice, not the popup coaches or, motivational mantras, really focus on the folks who are sharing insightful wisdom that worked for them. They listened to it, and they acted on it. And I think that’s incredibly important.


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