Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
Once, they were heroes.
The boyish, gauche, emotion-free humans who created businesses and made fortunes.
Hollywood made movies out of their life stories--movies that made them seem like boyish, emotion-free humans with a nasty streak.
But has their era passed?
This question burns my less-than-boyish soul after reading a new study from Harvard University's Institute of Politics.
This examined the entrepreneurial feelings of 18-to-29-year-olds.
It discovered that not many have them.
A mere 31 percent of them said that starting a business was "very important" or "one of the most important things in life."
More than half, however, had a different ambition: a stable job.
This seems quaint. Why on earth would they want one of those? Could it be because there are so few of these stable jobs out there anymore? Could it be that the sheer mercurial, haphazard, temporary nature of corporate life is getting to the young?
59 percent of these Millennials said that just having time to spend with family and friends is one of the most important things in life.
This would be a revelation if it didn't sound so, well, duh.
It's not that they're all raving do-gooders, even if it seems so on occasion. Only 24 percent said that having a job or career that benefits society is one of the most important things in life.
Which is a relief, as it's especially those companies that claim to be making the world a better place that actually aren't.
But surely, you'll be thinking, these are the very people whose heroes are icons like Mark Zuckerberg and several of the other young billionaire types.
In this survey, the respondents were given a choice of Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and, oh, Donald Trump for entrepreneur they most admired.
A mere 11 percent picked Zuckerberg.
27 percent preferred Steve Jobs.
But the favorite? None of the above. (Yes, Trump only got 7 percent. He might demand a re-poll.)
What might be driving Millennials to crave safety and stability?
The onerous burden of student loans? The knowledge that so few bright young things actually make billions? A reaction to the growing instability of the world as a whole? The knowledge that time is the most valuable thing in life?
All of the above?
Of course, the slight problem with these Millennials' desires is precisely that what they crave may not be available. As software and robots make so many jobs superfluous, there's a greater onus on creativity and inspiration.
But if you're inherently insecure and even frightened, how likely are you to be truly daring?
President Trump is going to have a lot of motivating to do.
Perhaps he'll ask Zuckerberg to be his vice president.