“Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. Winston Churchill left us with that gem and millennials are taking heed. The good news is that we have so much rich history that we can learn from in this country. This generation of young adults are taking a long hard look at this country’s more recent history in an effort to make a brighter future.

I read a really great post yesterday by one of our Millennial All-Stars @rachennial entitled, The Long After-Party ( What stood out to me in this post was the careful assessment and analysis of the behaviors of Gen X’ers and Baby Boomers that led to many of the challenges that millennials are faced with today.

This analytical approach and exercise is one that is shared by many millennials that I have the pleasure of speaking with. Unlike Marty McFly, millennials can’t physically travel back in time to undo actions that have already taken place to alter the future. Or can they?

More and more millennials have adopted the mindset of action over accusation.

They realize that their generation is faced with a lot of challenges and that they have a lot of work to do. Instead of spending their energy figuring out whom to blame, they are spending their energy figuring out how to fix things. Millennials understand that part of the restoration process for America requires understanding how we got here in the first place. Millennials are asking themselves; “What choices, decisions, behaviors and policies of generations past do we want to avoid or do away with?”

Millennials aren’t blaming Generation X and Baby Boomers (well, not all of them) for many of the issues we’re faced with today, but they also refuse to take all the heat. The leaders of this generation are looking back at leaders of past generations, particularly Baby Boomers. They are looking at parents, politicians, corporate CEO’s and Church leaders. They are evaluating how similar they are with these leaders and what needs to be different. It’s obviously not all bad, but a lot needs to change.

Millennials look up to their parents and have heroes just like young people of all generations.

There are excellent role models and mentors for them to follow and that provides invaluable insight, guidance and direction. There are a few unique differences with this generation’s relationship with those heroes though. Millennials want to know your story. They don’t just want to know what you’re doing now and how to do that well. They want to know why you do what you do, who benefits the most and how did you get there. They want the full narrative. Millennials don’t want to be like their heroes, they want to be better.

Millennials may not be able to physically go back in time, but they use the ability to look back in time to help them see a brighter future.