Not too long ago I stumble upon an article while surfing the web: “Self-made Millionaire: Millennials don’t travel - yet.” - Via CNBC. It only took me a few sentences to conclude that I wasn’t going to agree with any of the advice this “self-made millionaire” wrote to millennials who travel the world in their twenties. I bit my lips with anger from beginning to end.
It was hard (impossible) to get this article out of my head, so I decided to write the following letter to Grant Cardone:
Dear Grant Cardone,
Thank you for taking the time to give us millennials your so-called “advice” to younger generations. From reading the article I understand that you had a very successful career and business life, congratulations hard work does pays off. But let me tell you: you are 100% wrong. (No offense, or whatever)
As a millennial I feel offended by all your suppositions on the reason behind why we travel. When you say:
“The reason many millennials want to travel is because they have no purpose at home. They believe time off is going to allow themselves to somehow "find" that thing they know is missing in their life. But travel, while there are some benefits to it, does not guarantee you will find your purpose.”
First off, who says I am looking to “find” the thing that’s missing in my life? And who said I had something missing in my life in the first place? Mr Grant let me get this straight: I do not travel to find purpose or cause I have no purpose at home. I travel because it’s my passion. Have you ever experience Wanderlust? Of course you haven’t. Wanderlust is the feeling of being “alive” of experiencing the world’s beauty with all your senses and feel that unbelievable adrenaline rush.
Traveling the world taught me more about the real world and adult life than any 9 to 5 job will do. Three years has passed and I can say with complete confidence that traveling taught me the right skills I need to succeed in the workplace. I could make a list of all the things I’ve learned from my travels and how it benefit my career in comparision to my peers who do not travel, but I don't feel like to show off to you or any that agrees with you. Just to mention a few: being fully independent, excellent time management, good problem solving skills, etc.
Just because we fulfill our lives by traveling doesn’t mean we are not working towards meeting our goals. I understand your frustration by seeing us millennials have the time of our lives during our abroad adventures. I get it, you never got to experience any of this. You were convinced that after college the “thing to do” in order to succeed was long hours in a cold office. But let me tell you something, millennials work very hard regardless if they have a 9 to 5 office job or not.
When you say: “What I want to do is inspire millennials to work hard now so they can travel the world in style later”. What do you mean by “later”? Are you going to tell me that I am guaranteed to live my life until I am one hundred years old? What if I die young? Mr Grant, your advice couldn’t be more wrong. My life is not guaranteed and if I have the time and money to travel and experience all of this now and I am going to do it. This decision is nothing but smart, even though you might think it’s completely irresponsible.
Mr Grant; as a girl in her mid-twenties I can say that I have no real responsibilities. My only responsibilities are to pay rent and be on top of my work. That's it. My paycheck is for me, and just me. I am going to use my money as I see fit. If you are going to tell me to put my money in the bank for “my future”, the answer is no. The future is now, Mr Grant.
As I grow older my responsibilities are going to change drastically. I will have a family to think about, a house to maintain, multiple insurances to pay and much more. Being responsible is to have in mind that all of this are my future problems. Unlike you, Mr Grant, the material things I own does not bring happiness into my life. Material things bring instant gratification to oneself that will eventually wear off. Experiences, on the other hand, bring authentic happiness.
Mr Grant, what is exactly your point when you say: “I can travel the world in my own plane today because I put in the hard work and became serious about my career when I was 25. Get obsessed with your purpose, and you'll find that your travel plans can wait.”? You of all people should know that not all of us will be lucky enough to build a multi-billion business empire like yourself.
Thank you Mr Grant for this article. It only made it easier for me to not follow your advice. As a happy and successful millennial who lives her live to the fullest every single day, I can conclude that your life was nothing but work. The difference between you and me, Mr Grant, is that for you “success” means “money” and “luxury”, for me success means living the life I pictured.
Work to travel, travel to live is my motto.