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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.

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

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

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

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

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

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

– The Dalai Lama

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

– John D. Rockefeller

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

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

– James Madison

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

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

– Lao Tzu

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

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Alfred Adler

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

– William Shakespeare

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

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

– Jesse Jackson

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

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

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

– Optimism rules

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

– Charles Darwin

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

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

– Carl Rogers

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

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

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

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

– Lewis Carroll

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

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

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Edgar W. Howe

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– Henry Miller

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson