Introduce Yourself! Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Tyler Sherman. Engineer, musician, fiancé, real estate owner, and objectivist. Living in Arizona, I spend my days designing process improvements for a semiconductor factory in Chandler, and nights recording my weekly DJ radio show and prepping for upcoming weekend bar and corporate gigs. As any engineer, I have a heavy interest in current consumer tech, while balancing such urge for high spending with a interest in personal finance to build a stable future for those I love.
What does the ‘millennial mindset’ mean to you?
As millennials, our vast access to improved technology and information gives us multiple advantages over our predecessors. We are living longer, healthier lives, which gives us the ability to work multiple careers, experience greater leisure with a longer retirement, and live more efficient lives with faster communication, if we so choose.
How do you think you’ve embraced the ‘millennial mindset’?
This is why I chose to experience multiple careers at the same time. Engineering flexes the left side of my brain, providing me with much greater compensation than I feel necessary while I look to solve technical problems for 40 hours a week. DJing satisfies my love for nightlife, excitement, and music, while getting paid for something I would often do for free at the same time.
What’s one stereotype millennials have been given that you dislike or think is invalid?
The majority of the stereotypes given to millennials are the same that have been given to every younger generation:
“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”― Socrates
It is easy to take a snapshot in time and make a generalization about a particular generation. I would hope everyone can identify this and work to judge individuals by their own actions. But to answer the question, a sense of entitlement. Whether it is praise, money, or other support from the community at large (government included), millennials are expected to have a heavy sense of entitlement in all areas. I don’t know how this could be measured, but I find such a mindset to be repulsive in my own life.
Tell us one achievement you’re super proud of:
Completing my undergraduate and graduate degree in Chemical Engineering is what I am most proud of. Playing for a crowd of 30,000 people during 2016’s NYE block party in Arizona comes in a close second though!
Tell us one obstacle you’ve had to overcome & how:
I have been very fortunate in my life, with very few hardships, but for me the largest challenge of my life has been organizing myself to be able to balance both my engineering and music career paths. Moving to 1099 (independent contractor) work is no simple task and comes with many complexities compared to going into a simple job that tells you what to do and when and where to do it. It requires drive and passion.
What advice would you give to other millennials wanting to break the 9-5 lifestyle?
First really make sure it is what you want to do. Some W2 (traditional employee) jobs come with a lot of benefits that can’t be ignored: health benefits, proof of income for loans, etc. That doesn’t mean that these benefits can be found outside of traditional jobs. With the rise of the computer science industry, much of the freedom of working from home and with flexible hours or from any place in the world can be found while working for a large corporation.
Second, I would make sure you know WHY you want to do it. What are the end goals and why do you want to get there? Will it make you happy?
Lastly, I will take from the great book, “The One Thing,” by Gary Keller. This will work for all goals of all aspects of your life. If your goal is to break the 9-5 lifestyle, find the realistic replacement and give it a timeline. Say it is in 3 years. Then define what you need to achieve in the next year to hit that 3 year goal. Then define what you need to do in the next 3 months to hit that 1 year goal. Then next month, then next week, and day, and hour! The method removes our fear of daunting tasks by organizing and scheduling out bite sized pieces that are much more manageable.
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