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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 curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

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

– General Omar Bradley

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

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

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

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

– Abraham Lincoln

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

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

– Henry Miller

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

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

– Magical

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi