Dr. Daryl Green

*Many of today’s college students lack the mental toughness and fortitude that are necessary to deal with economic turbulence.

Today’s youth must learn how to be mentally tough if they are to survive a turbulent economic future.

In reality, many parents have crippled their children by solving their problems for them and shielding them from making difficult decisions.

This reality can be seen in viewing ‘helicopter parents’ who micromanage their children’s affairs from infancy to adulthood.

This has resulted in an increasing ‘Boomerang Generation’ of young people who move back home and must depend on their parents for financial survival.

My co-author William Bailey and I wrote our latest book, Job Strategies for the 21st Century: How to Assist Today’s College Students during Economic Turbulence. It was especially designed for frustrated parents, anxious students, bewildered professors and educators, and those who deeply care for college graduates. Through our research, we have found that there is a huge disconnect between what organizations are looking for in potential employees, and what today’s graduates are providing.

In this financial crisis, college grads need to be mentally tough. It is easy to see how individuals can be discouraged with the current economic recession. According to the U.S. Labor department, only 47.6% of people age 16 to 24 had jobs in August. This is the lowest percentage since the government began tracking this statistic in 1948.

Mental toughness can be defined as the character attribute that allows an individual to stay in control while confronting adversity and navigating obstacles in life.

Generally speaking, many young people look for the easy way out of situations. Eric Thomas, a Michigan State University administrator and motivator speaker, speaks to the revelation when talking with young people. “The problem is you have never felt pain before. You’re soft. This is a soft generation. You quit on everything.”

Fortunately, mental toughness can be developed. Today’s parents can infuse mental toughness in their college students before they graduate in the following ways: (a) build a positive relationship with your children, (b) allow them to work through their own problems, (c) learn how to listen without offering any advice, (d) ask probing questions, ones that stimulate them to find creative solutions, (e) be honest and critical of their situation without being negative, and (f) encourage them to be around positive people. In most cases, it is a lot easier for parents to solve their children’s problems. Yet, it is a critical mistake over the long-term.

Dr. Daryl Green provides motivation, guidance, and training for leaders. He has been noted and quoted by USA Today, Ebony Magazine, and Associated Press. For media interviews or speaking engagements, please contact Mrs. Donna Gilliard at 865-216-9209 or [email protected] or visit Dr. Green at www.darylgreen.org.