CHAPTER TWO

Taking Stock

Generation X Today

Every generation faces its own particular set of challenges based on the specific events it encounters along its unique path through history. Here’s the bottom line for Gen X: at each point thus far, you’ve drawn a pretty short straw. Your timing—at least in the context of contemporary generations and through no fault of your own—could hardly have been worse. Not only did your childhood years coincide with social changes that significantly eroded trust and idealism, but during the early years of your adulthood, you have hit various economic landmarks at unfavorable points in the cycle.

  • You have invested significant time and money in education and are today the most credentialed generation yet, but ...

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