An Open Letter to Millennials Like Talia…
Stefanie Williams

This is the most awesome thing I have read in ages.

And let me tell you something, folks. Sometimes you face a career setback 10 years into your career, like I did. Following 9/11 and the Enron debacle (which was three months later), my two Masters’ degrees didn’t do shit for me. My extensive experience in international HR? Having worked on almost every continent? Laughable.

I took a pay cut to half of what I made before and at age 35, became a retail manager. Salaried, so more than 40 hours a week on my feet, up and down off ladders, on the floor, dealing with employees like Talia who didn’t give a shit about their jobs, and customers. I walked more than one young lady out to a police car in handcuffs because she thought she could get away with stealing from the company. I got a $1000 annual pay increase which nets out to about $58 a month. Not what I had in mind when I earned an MBA at age 23.

I sucked it up. It’s 10 years later and I can work comfortably as a consultant as I need and/or want to. I own a home, a car, travel a lot, and have shittons of fun. But I’m 45 now and have earned all of this. No one, NO ONE promised me anything, nor do they promise the Talias of the world anything.

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