Generation of Hoppers


This is an age of plenty and more. Individuals in this generation feels that life is like an app where they must keep themselves updated on continuous basis. 21% of millennials have changed jobs in the past year which is thrice more than the previous generation.

70% of employed individuals of the current generation are even open to the view of job hopping. Not only with job, the individuals open are in life to just hop from one thing to the next without thinking about component of repairing, nurturing, enhancing or enriching already existing relationship or things in life.

Half of India’s population is under the age of 25 and by 2020 the average age of an Indian will be 29 years, with this attitude of hopping from one thing to another, Have you ever wonder what would be the progress or the Condition of this Country?

The current generation lives a life of a butterfly i.e.., randomly fluttering over things seeking for quintessential nectar from everything that they do or pursue. Most of the individuals from the current generation are narcissistic, materialistic, confident and loud and most of them suffer from something termed ‘Lightness of Being- an assuredness that allows them to move with an ease between identities, language and modernity.’ They are open to venturing into the untrodden paths that were dreaded by our forefathers.

Characteristics of Hoppers:

Research indicates that the individuals in these generation are impatient and seeking for instant gratification. They also lack patience and tolerance to wait. The following are the characteristic of them in life:

Changers: Constantly changing job profile and taking sabbaticals for the sake of studying or to pursue an interest/ passion of their choice.

Movers: Engaging in causal dating and relationship and keep changing relationships on constant basis.

Non-committed: Joining different classes by failing to commit to it and keep dropping out from it.

Fluctuaters: Fluctuating interest in different things over different areas.

Seekers: Actively seeking and pursuing different hobbies or passion initially and losing interest in it over a period of time.

Immediate pleasure: Constantly looking for options to take a break and to move around to different places for vacation or during weekends. Research indicates that 47% of members from the current generation love spending time in traveling than investing those resources for future like constructing or making a home, investing in gold or stocks etc.,

Disengaged: Low engagement in work they do i.e.., doing something for the sake of taking it up without having the commitment or engagement to produce quality output. Research states that 3 in 10 employees have low engagement towards their organisation or the work they do.

Rise in Freelancing: The trend of freelancer are seeing a rapid growth i.e.., a lot of individuals from the current generation are more open to the idea of taking up variety of jobs than committing themselves to one organisation. This trend is growing because of the freedom individuals have over their work plus it helps them to meet their professional advancement sooner.

Lack of morale or commitment: Don’t have a sense of belongingness either with other significant members or with the organisation that they work in.

Adventurous: Are not scared of taking risk and are less inhibited and engage in things for the joy of trying it out without worrying about the consequence of their action or behaviour.

Instant Gratification: Needs instant gratification of their needs without even thinking or worrying about the consequence of their behaviour and whether it is socially appropriate and possible for them to satisfy their need in this way.

 Logical Consequences that Hoppers face:

The following are some of the positive and negative consequences that individual who is a hopper faces.

Jack of all trade: Individuals are aware of the different opportunities and jobs that are available in the market and has an understanding and skill to perform all tasks required.

New vibe of enthusiasm: They bring a new vibe of enthusiasm and ease from which they move across and master in all the domains and possess immense energy to solve few of unresolved problem that have been existing for generations like disparity, corruption with this attitude of theirs.

Professional advancement: Capable of making professional advancement much earlier than the members of the previous generation, because of the individuals being smarter and having an awareness in different components.

Face boredom: Individuals who are hoppers experience boredom very easily and constantly require different activities to keep themselves stimulated and their goals keep changing over a period of time.

Lack of loyalty: As their interest and passion keeps shifting from one thing to the next, they don’t commit themselves or don’t stay loyal to one thing or person.

Chasers: Constantly chasing one thing or the other, don’t commit or work consistently to become an expert of something but keep moving from one thing to another.

Jealousy: Constantly paying attention to what others are doing and enrol themselves for it even without giving a forethought just because others are doing and he/she wants to prove a point to them.

Stress and Anxiety: Experience extreme stress and anxiety because of not having a strong rooting towards one thing or another and because of the multiple roles that they engage or engross themselves in.

Lack of Self-control and discipline:

Going in ways that their heart says, one day they will be extremely involved and committed in one thing and the other day their interest shifts and they move on to the next one without even considering about the first activity.

Deepen the Rooting!

The following are few strategies that could help hoppers to stabilise and have a rooting than constantly hopping from one thing to another.

Know what you want and where you are going: Engaging in self-reflection to get an idea about what an individual’s wants to do with his/her life and where they are planning to see themselves and how they are planning to move ahead.

Formulate short-term goals: By prioritising what is important and focusing on it by channelizing energy towards those activities.

Identify potential obstacles or trigger: That would stop the individual from moving towards his/her goal and distract them from achieving his/her goal making them to constantly move from one thing to another.

Set clear boundaries: Formulate clear boundaries for yourself knowing what you will and won’t do or engage in at any cost. This will give the individual clarity about themselves and what they want to do with their life.

Reward and Reinforce: As humans, it is common to have temptation and impulses to do something or the other that seems fancy to an individual, rewarding and reinforcing oneself when they keep themselves away from the temptation and impulses will help them stay on track and increase their behaviour of staying on track more by controlling and resisting their temptation.

Focus on the big picture: Formulate a long-term plan and keep working towards it and monitor yourself in the process so you have an idea of what is the purpose that you are serving and also help you forgo short-term temptation for long-term benefit.

Serving the significant: In a given day though an individual might indulge themselves in numerous activities, at the end of the day when they reflect on their day they will find only one or two activities that of greater significant to them and working on which covered most of the activities that they engaged in. This helps the individual in keeping them on track, by constantly giving them an idea of what is important to them.

Quit justifying action: Don’t encourage or defend your behaviour or action when you are not able to resist your temptation or impulses.

Become accountable: Take and accept responsibility for yourselves and the works that is assigned to do or the ones you take-up, so that this give you a sense of rooting and helps you to stay on track.

Self-control: Learn some effective coping strategies like relaxation and breathing exercise, so that you know how to refocus and redirect yourself and control your urge or temptation.

Motivate yourself based on your larger vision: Motivate yourself by providing feedback to yourself based on your larger vision of what you want to do and what purpose you want to serve. Don’t let setbacks make you change tracks of your vision.

Visual reminders of goals: Use stickey notes or other visual cues in the space you are living daily to constantly motivate and remind you to stay on track. The visual reminders gives a sense of clarity and purpose to you about what you are working towards and help you control or resist urge and keep you on track.

Build strong social support: A strong social support will help the individual to make smooth flow towards their journey by making them work through their problems efficiently and they constantly keep the individual on track without making them distracted.

Invest in future gain: Constantly acknowledge that you will reap the benefits of your behaviour in the future, so it teaches that consistency is something that will help you attain and cherish this gains.

A more successful person is not more courageous, more intelligent or more talent just more consistent!

Champions don’t keep moving, they just keep playing until they get it right-   

Bille Jean King.