Today I listened to Myleik Teele’s most recent podcast. Someone wrote in with a question: “What is the biggest hurdle young African-American professional women will face in 2 years?” Myleik said that the biggest barrier that ALL young professional women will face is that “All good things take time”. All of us millennials grew up in what Myleik calls a “microwave culture” where things are accomplished very quickly. We are able to accomplish things in a fraction of the time it would have taken even a decade ago.
While this is a good thing, it’s also a hurdle, because some things cannot be hurried along. For example, personal growth and maturation can’t be “microwaved”- perspectives shift and grow with time. This is something that I’ve certainly found to be true. I’m nowhere near the person I was even 5 years ago. I also know that I am extremely guilty of possessing the attitude of the microwave culture, expecting things to happen quickly, or else I must be doing something wrong. So I’m going to be a little gentler with myself and remember the lesson Myleik reminded me of today: