Millennial Game Changers: A Part of Something Bigger



By Brittnay Dawson, Norfolk Area Chamber Director of Talent Development & Recruitment

We hear it all the time. The talk about specific individuals doing momentous things that are challenging and inspire the way we live and think—and in a really big way.

Millennials often get a bad rap for challenging the status quo on not only how we live, but also in the workplace. This generation, now the largest generation in the workforce, has decided to not just play the game, but change the way the game is played.

Traditionalists may have difficulty adjusting to this shift in mindset, but no matter if you prefer to keep things the way they once were or you are embracing this new mentality, these “game changers” are strong leaders and can bring immense value to your organization.

What defines a game changer? Here are a few commonalities you often will find:


They have the heart of a lion.

Game changers are fearless and exceptionally courageous. They often have a strong personality and are the driving force within their organizations. They are not afraid to take risks or tackle challenges head on, because on the other side of fear is freedom and opportunity. This mentality helps them break down barriers in communities and in the workplace, opening up new possibilities in creating change.


They have their head in the game.

Like the mindset of an athlete, game changers know that working toward their vision and goals will require continuous training. This training is not only with their body, but also with their mind. They create a strategy toward achieving goals within their long-term vision, but also adapt to change when necessary because their focus is strong. Every day they are working on their strong game, gaining new skills and knowledge, and becoming better players.


They are really good at failing.

A true game changer knows there is much to be gained from failure. Failure not only creates new opportunities to grow, but it also allows new levels of creativity and teaches how to overcome adversity. Being really good at failing means seeing the bigger picture and practicing resilience and perseverance. Game changers are open to the journey, because in those critical ¬moments often is where the biggest opportunities exist to think big and reach maximum potential.


They overcome obstacles.

In both life and business, there will always be roadblocks to some degree. A game changer does not give up and just turn back around. They look for new paths to get to their destination, or in some cases, pave their own way. They understand the depth of certain obstacles is based on their own perception, but also to accept those that are outside of their own control. Game changers become excellent problem-solvers in adverse situations and use big thinking for out-of-the-box solutions.


They don’t make excuses.

Game changers are very self-aware and willing to accept responsibility for their actions and situations. They are committed to their decisions, but do not blame others when they do not receive their desired results. Having the ability to admit mistakes and make the necessary changes can help their teams and organizations progress toward their goals.


They are a part of something bigger.

Many people desire to have meaning and purpose in their lives and work. Game changers are the living example of this mentality. They work hard every day to be a part of something big, creating a force far bigger than they could achieve by themselves. They know the power of being engaged in their work, life and community. What they do and say does matter, and it does have impact. They are willing to step up to the plate for the greater good.

Overall, game changers are the people who are natural leaders, avid problem-solvers, and they inspire meaningful change. They are innovators and creators, and often see things that others do not. They are what can take organizations from ordinary to exceptional, and are continually shaping a new reality and way of living in this world.

Millennial game changers take it one step further, as they also grew up with a new wave of technological advancements and diversity acceptance. More than ever, this generation is motivated to build powerful movements, and they have the resources to help them spread their message and ideas.



In what ways are you a game changer? Share with us some actionable steps you are taking to change the game in your life or place of work.



Brittany Dawson

Brittnay Dawson

Director of Talent Development & Recruitment | Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce
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Brittnay Dawson attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she received her BA in Psychology, focusing on advertising and public relations. Following graduation, she launched her own photography and marketing business in Destin, Florida, working with small businesses on their image branding and digital marketing content. Brittnay has worked for national clients including the New Balance line for Heidi Klum (HKNB) and Rachele Brooke Smith. She is currently a monthly contributor to JMG Lifestyle, a millennials and entrepreneurs resource magazine.

Back in Nebraska, Brittnay is the Director of Talent Development & Recruitment for the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Program Director for Norfolk Now where she works to attract other young professionals and families to the Norfolk area.




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