I recently listened to an ESPN NBA Today podcast where host Henry Abbott and David Thorpe discussed the idea of “Royal Jelly” and basketball players. Royal Jelly is a special substance that worker bees feed to larvae in order to raise Queen Bees. The larvae are also moved into cells larger than the others. Abbott and Thorpe discussed the theory in regards to player coaching- that barring a few exceptions, all basketball players are similar in athleticism and that making one believe that he is truly great will raise his performance.
Upon hearing this I took it a step further. Can’t you say an entire generation was raised on Royal Jelly? That’s what some could say when they look at the Millennial Generation. We are a product of being fed the same Royal Jelly- the dream and conviction that anything is possible.
We can talk about how this idea has lead to the stereotype that Gen-Y is entitled and if this SNL sketch says anything– it’s that perhaps a Royal Jelly upbringing wasn’t the best idea. However I like to think that growing up feeling empowered to do what we want shouldn’t lead to becoming a spoiled brat or overly naive in your abilities- but confident to take risks and figure out ultimately what you are good at and live life to your true potential.
Do you think Gen-Y Grew Up On Royal Jelly? How do you think that will affect how we set out into the world?