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Morley Winograd + Michael D. Hais, authors, "Millennial Momentum"

COLUMN = GENERATIONS

Millennial experts Morley Winograd and Michael Hais have had careers that include entertainment and media market research (Frank N. Magid Associates), a stint in the White House (Clinton-Gore second term), technology and communications (AT&T), academia (USC’s Marshall School of Business and the University of Detroit) and—where it all began for Mike & Morley—Michigan politics (polling and Democratic Party Chairman, respectively).

They teamed in 2007 to write the first of two highly reviewed books on Millennials. Today, they speak, consult and write on how Millennials are remaking every aspect of American life: entertainment, lifestyles, leadership, work, technology, government, politics, education and community.

Their first book, Millennial Makeover, correctly predicted Barack Obama’s 2008 win through his creative engagement of Millennials, especially with social media. The toughest reviewer at The New York Times named it one of her 10 favorite books of the year.

Their 2011 book, Millennial Momentum, examines how Millennials are remaking every aspect of American life: entertainment, lifestyles, leadership, work, technology government, politics, education, and community.

Based in Los Angeles, Mike & Morley are also on-air pundits, monthly commentators on America’s changing demographics for the National Journal and frequent contributors to The Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post and New Geography.

Click here to read their GENERATIONS column.

And click here to read futurist Chris Carbone’s review of Millennial Momentum.

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust