Generation X, born between the mid-1960s and early-1980s, is often referred to as the “forgotten generation”— whether it be by proclamation or design is yet to be determined. We have learned one important thing though as the generation sandwiched between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials; we're pretty kick-ass.
And before you try to harsh my mellow — take a chill pill and check my receipts.
1. Hardcore Work Ethic. GenX values hard work and determination. We are often seen as the most dedicated and reliable employees in the workforce. We have a strong work ethic and a no-nonsense approach to getting sh*t done, although this passion can sometimes mistaken for aggression.
2. Seemingly Immortal Adaptability. GenX has lived through some major shifts in technology, the economy, and society. Home computers anyone? Recessions, rebounds and human rights, oh my. We'e done is tall and are well equipped to handle change and adapt to new situations, something very valuable in a rapidly changing world.
3. Fierce Independence. Our generation values independence and self-reliance. Often described as “self-starters” and "latchkey-kids". We're not afraid to take on new challenges or forge our own path.
4. Balance. GenX values work-life balance and is known for striking a good balance between their personal and professional lives. They understand the importance of taking time for themselves and their families and are not afraid to prioritize their own well-being.
5. Empathy. GenX values empathy and human connection. They are often seen as more compassionate and understanding than their predecessors, and have a strong sense of community.
So while Generation X may not get as much attention as Boomers, Millennials, or even GenZ — we are still a generation to be reckoned with. Given our strong work ethic, adaptability, independence, balance, and empathy, we truly could be the best generation yet.