Whether you call them the Millenial Generation, Millenials, or GenerationY, those young people born roughly between the early 1980's and the early 2000's often get a bad rap from their elders. They don't make or answer phone calls, they forget birthdays if you aren't on Facebook, they don't send thank you notes enough, and they are constantly texting (or something on their "devices')when you are trying to talk to them.
Maybe that's because many of them are busy doing important things.
For a glimpse at 450 innovative, smart, productive --and often RICH--young people, take a look at Forbes' third annual Thirty Under Thirty list. Here is an impressive group of people, all born after 1984, who are active and creating with big ideas in the arts, entertainment, social entrepreneurship, food, and ten other categories.
The cover of the January 20, 2014 Forbes issue is graced by Evan Spiegel who co-founded Snapchat. Snapchat is an app for mobile devices that allows one to post a photo or video evanescently as it disappears within seconds of receiving it, thereby insuring privacy and intimacy, in the same way a conversation leaves no trace. Spiegel and his partner are reported to have turned down a $3 Billion (that's Billion with a B) offer from Facebook.
Or there is Christopher Atgeka who founded CA Bikes to outfit bicycles and motorbikes as ambulances in order to help rural villagers in his native Uganda get to distant hospitals for care.
Or meet Elizabeth Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz who started The Gefilteria in New York to reinvigorate Yiddish cuisine.
Just browse the optimism and spirit of these remarkable people if you wonder what is going on in their young heads. You will be amazed and find new respect.