Another day, another article on Drudge about how poor little millennials have to quit their jobs because they are burned out.

Come on, guys. You’re giving those of us who actually have a backbone a bad name.

Let’s be clear. I’m a millennial. My best employees are millennials. So what does that mean? It means it’s time for some tough love.

This Is Hard Work

Every day, my team is reminded of what hard work actually is when we walk into our building. Our studios are in the oldest working wool mills in the United States.

The hardwood floors are from the 1700’s. When we were having them refinished, the flooring guys pointed out that you can see footprints in them. The footprints are from where workers stood for 18 hour days in the 110+ degree temperatures while working on the machinery.

THAT is hard work. Putting in a solid 6 in front of a computer is not.

Safe Spaces

A few years ago, a girl left our company. Why? She was upset that her boyfriend broke up with her and we weren’t supportive enough. She wanted bereavement days.

They had been dating for 3 months.

She told me her job should be her safe space.

My grandparents’ generation stormed the beaches of Normandy. They left their families to turn America into back to back World War champions. They didn’t get a safe space, and they didn’t complain about it.

So no, we don’t care about your boyfriend.

Not Enough Vacation

In the NY Post article, millennials are talking about quitting their jobs because they got a “measly 10 days of paid vacation”.

Oh, you poor things. Let’s have a moment of silence for you.

Now to some real talk.

Who held the gun to your head and demanded you accept that position with the “measly 10 days of paid vacation”?

When you accept a job, you accept everything associated with it. The pay. The vacation time. The benefits.

So do us all a favor and save your complaining for the barista who screwed up your soy triple extra foam chai latte.

I don’t know if that’s really a thing, but if it is… I hope it gives you food poisoning.

Let’s be honest… you were planning on calling out “sick” tomorrow anyway.

I’m So Stressed

Oh, it’s your job that’s causing you all of that stress? I think not.

Last month, I was at a bar with a client. I watched a young lady have a complete meltdown after trying unsuccessfully to take a flattering selfie of herself for Instagram.

The problem isn’t your job. It’s your social media.

Your endless scrolling through Facebook, Insta and Snap have lead you to believe that the world is nothing but sunsets and beaches and cosmos and Rachel McAdams movies.  (Author note: Rachel, don’t take that personally.  I love you.)

You believe that the things you see on social are the real world. You don’t see the stress people deal with. The struggles they face paying their bills. The hurt or the challenges or the anger. You just see their puppies and lower back tats. And that makes you jealous.

So you internalize that and decide that you hate your job because it’s not the world of Snap.

Toughen up, buttercup. Real life isn’t the stories that you see on Snap… it’s the story that you write yourself.

Every day, we film with men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country.   You can see it all in our Behind the Uniforms series.  So… some simple questions for you:

  1. When you go into work, do people shoot at you?
  2. Have you ever had to perform emergency CPR on a child… only to have them die?  Or had to knock on the door of a couple and tell them their teen was killed in a car crash?
  3. Have you ever smelled burning flesh as you tried to save lives from an apartment fire?
  4. When was the last time you were driving to get chow and an IED hit your vehicle?
  5. Have you ever been handed a folded flag?

If the answer to the above questions is “no”… then shut the hell up.

Take Ownership

Previous generations worked on farms. You worked on Nintendo.

They helped pay family bills. You ran up family bills.

They treated their elders with respect. You demanded respect be given to you even when you didn’t earn it.

They were bullied and grew thick skins. You saw President Trump elected and you went to therapy.

They believed in civil discourse. You believe in destroying everything you don’t agree with.

Their social was a beer and a campfire. Yours is texting.

They paid tribute to our veterans and showed gratitude to our officers. You kneel during the anthems.

They fought for freedom. You fight for $15 an hour minimum wage at the job you’re just going to quit because you’re too soft to actually work for a living.

Enough is enough. If you want people to start taking you seriously, start by taking yourself seriously.


Kyle S. Reyes is the founder of The Whiskey Patriots, Chief Executive Officer of The Silent Partner Marketing, and the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today. Reyes is also an acclaimed keynote speaker on patriotism and leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing by storytelling. You can follow him on Facebook.