The millennial generation may get a bad wrap, but we have many admirable qualities. We are passionate, free-thinkers, and embrace innovation and technology. Unfortunately, we also have a reputation for not wanting to do unpleasant or difficult work, being easily offended, and not respecting our bosses. The worst of our traits have been amplified by the lies told to us in public education.

Most of us went through over a decade of Statist indoctrination, laced with Socialism and Marxism. We came out believing that we could do anything we wanted with our lives, that we could always rely on others until we figure life out, and that an education entitled us to a good job and plenty of money. The truth is very different from this fairy tale.

You can’t just do anything you want with your life. If you want to have freedom and abundance, you need to make money. The amount of money you make is not based on how much you labor, but how much value you add to the economy. You might think of something that is very easy for you to do, but makes the lives of many people much better, and that idea will make you filthy rich.

Some consider this to be unfair because people work very hard at unpleasant jobs and still struggle to make ends meet, but it would be unfair not to reward people who vastly improve the lives of their fellow man. Your liberal arts degree is probably not going to benefit anyone else, so why should you be rewarded for getting it? It doesn’t matter how hard you studied if the knowledge you gained can’t be used to improve the lives of others.

So how can you tell what is most valued? Wages are the cost assigned to labor. High paying jobs are in higher demand. Taking one of these jobs produces tremendous value, and those who do are compensated accordingly. Many of these jobs require years of study, experience, and dedication, but not all.

If you are an inventor or entrepreneur you can attempt to solve a problem. A cheap solution to a common problem will become very popular. Even an expensive solution to an uncommon problem can be profitable. You might also teach a useful skill, or improve on an existing technique.

The main question that you need to ask yourself is this: “How can I improve the lives of other people?” Start keeping a notebook or journal filled with ideas. Think of problems that need to be solved, possible solutions, and outlines for carrying them out. As time goes on, you can refine these ideas into an actionable plan. Think about who your customer is, what they want, and how you can make them happy.

Many people believe that capitalism is based on self interest. While this is true, no successful capitalist is completely self indulgent. Success in a capitalist economy is dependent on your ability to demonstrate your value, and listen to others. The most psychotic cutthroat corporate shill still has to convince other people that their lives will be improved by doing business with him, and if he doesn’t deliver they will go elsewhere.

The belief that others will take care of us while we spend several years majoring in alcoholism and minoring in gender studies, on the other hand, is truly selfish. It is very unattractive to demand that other people subsidize a narcissistic fantasy. When those people have enriched themselves by engaging in voluntary exchanges that provide value to others, the demand becomes truly parasitic and disgusting.

We can change this, however. We can grow up, and overcome our programming. Our generation has the potential to change the world. Most of us have a drive to help others, and to be heroic. By channeling this energy into the market we can lift up the whole world. Online markets allow us to reach people across the globe, and bring value to their lives. We can embrace our independent and creative nature. Most of us don’t want to climb a corporate ladder, and that frightens the establishment. They know that they will be competing with us soon.