What Do You Want?

Resetting Your Life and Work Priorities

Throughout my research, several closely intertwined themes stand out as nearly universal desires for most members of Generation X. As a generation, you tend to value:

  • The ability to handle whatever comes your way—to be self-reliant
  • Money—particularly to the extent it contributes to your sense of security and self-reliance
  • Being good parents—for those of you who have chosen to go that route
  • Good friends—often representing bonds as strong as or stronger than family
  • The ability to choose how you spend your time—which for many of you translates into the ability to balance work and nonwork-related priorities

Beyond these universal themes, as individuals, you all have strong ...

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