Many people believe Millennials to be distracted, selfish, and often lacking motivation. I’ve met many Millennials that perpetuate that stereotype. But when it comes to equestrian Millennials, the stereotype turns cruel. To many we are spoiled, we are inherently wealthy, we are lazy, we hire other to do the dirty work, and we only think about our horses. Well, one of those may be true. As you can see, thoughts of my horse are dominant in my life.
The unique thing about Millennial equestrians is that we have an insatiable thirst for success. While some are deserving of the cruel stereotypes that surround us, many are undeserving of that unfair standard. There are many Millennial equestrians who have spent their time as a working student, working 14 to 16 hour days – I myself lived that life for almost three years. Many of us have to work over 60 hours a week to be able to afford our horses, horse shows, and expenses that come with our passion. We have learned that we need to work hard, be humble, and dedicate ourselves to our careers in order to meet the standards of financing our hobby.
“Why should we hire you?”
“Because as long as this job helps me afford a horse, I’ll be the best employee you’ll ever have.”
— Starting Over (@DejavuEq) February 19, 2016
While my hobby for riding horses is my first love, it helps fuel my passion for marketing. As stated in the tweet above, I will put in whatever hours necessary to afford riding. That work ethic comes with a smile, because I understand that not only am I blessed to love my job, but they help me live a life that makes me marvelously happy. It’s no surprise that happy employees make for a happy work-culture. Motivated employees produce the ideal foundation for delivering high-quality work on a reliable deadline.
It is thanks to my love of horses that I have learned to defy the stereotypes. I believe in working hard, I am not afraid of long hours because I have done them before. I believe in doing what is necessary to ensure that I am able to provide myself with the things (read: horses) that will bring me happiness in my life. I am not afraid to make mistakes because I am close friends with gravity and dirt. I am kind, because I’ve been taught to be humble and that no one is above having a surprise interaction with the ground, a bad day, or troublesome outcomes.
As I make my way through my daily extensive to-do list, getting everything done is not something that I’m worried about. While I may sleep a little less and worry a little more, everything will be completed on time. I appreciate how rich the life of an amateur equestrian is. My life is filled with passions, hobbies, unique assignments, creating innovative content, and filling my life with the assortment of things that bring me happiness. While I always dreamed of being a professional equestrian, I wouldn’t trade my life as an amateur for anything. Well, maybe for the opportunity to work with Michael Jung, but now we’re just talking crazy.