Part 3 of The Hero's Journey: Emergence – Serving Your Higher Self - how youth are teaching us to be bold at the outset
Sitting with Texas State post-graduate students in San Marcos, I glimpsed a level of maturity that many younger people have. It is a positive side of the hyper-connected world in which we live today – greater overall awareness and clarity. They have something to teach us about authenticity from a young age.
These intelligent young people are emerging at the start of their careers. They are not waiting until “the second half” to be fully authentic. They are aligning their passion with their talents in order to solve problems at the start of their working lives. Awake to what is going on around them, they ask difficult questions and observe reality. They have reflected on who they are, what their talents are, what impassions them, and the challenges that need solutions through their service. They are bold and audacious.
They do not live within tight boundaries, wear masks, take traditional career paths, rely on annual pay increases to pay for their lifestyle choices. They do not abide by outdated rules that limit their possibility and impact. Whilst this makes younger generations more difficult to manage and retain, their fresh perspective, energy and creativity must be unleashed.
People like Amy Mills, CEO of Emancipet. Named one of Austin’s bright leadership stars, Amy is driven by her love of animals. To reduce burgeoning domestic animal populations, Emancipet offers low cost spays and neuters, as well as maintenance care for their pets. Investing in preventative measures, they are able to allow pet owners to enjoy their animals while controlling feral and stray populations. Their model saves shelter animals, saves cities money and angst, and the model is spreading from city to city. The new Houston location is hiring.
Amy and her team are smart, yet pay attention to their professional growth through constant learning; they hire for future business needs rather than react to what they need now to fill the gap; they align their careers with socially-conscious results; they are willing to ask community stakeholders penetrating questions and hold difficult conversations. They are guided by an internal moral code rather than by external constructs. For example, they choose lower salaries of a non-profit setting over corporate golden handcuffs, leaving them freer in life.
Emancipet has married inner strengths with external realities. They have made the business case for treating animals and their owners with dignity, while reducing strays and euthanasia. They are working in a deep way, led by younger people who teach us to be free and genuine. Whole Adaptive & Empowered from the get-go.
Sheila Armitage helps individuals and organizations adopt everyday resilience practices that boost work, home, and health.