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Dear Accountant

Nov 26, 2021

Whenever we talk about the younger generations, or the term millennial, what comes to mind is usually nothing good, right? But honestly, you and I were young once, when I was a teenager or in my 20s, it's always full of drama, agony, worries, insecurities - so when you think about it, most generations start off with a bad reputation. The younger generation rarely delights the older generations. I don’t think this is anything new. The post-World War II generation complained about the baby boomers. Then the baby boomers complained about Gen X - It’s human nature to think you know more than those who come after you, that your way is the best way, and that “these kids” are really just that - well, they are kids.

So millennials are considered entitled, selfish, and impatient, lazy and disloyal... there's probably some truth to that, or else people wouldn't say that... but my argument is that there's some level of truth to that for every generation when they are in their 20s to early 30s. Of course there may have been some slightly different aspects of what their weaker and stronger points were... but for all generations, there was some immaturity and self centeredness at that age.

I work with a lot of young kids, specifically with underprivileged and immigrant kids, first generation students, and they always reminded me of my younger self - full of untapped strengths and hope inside that I didn't even know I had! So how do we crack their code and figure out their motivation and engage them in life and at work?

This week I invited our youngest guest Sammy Warrayat on the show. He's the podcast host of "Successful Millennials Podcast", geared towards proactive and driven millennial born from 1990 to 1997 trying to find motivation as well as improve tactics to achieve success in the 5 major categories he defined - Happiness, Money, Health, Career, and Relationship - fully capture the impact of the rise of technology and social media being in the formative years instead of in adulthood.



Sammy is a fitness enthusiast, avid traveler, financial coach, money expert and so much more! After having a data analytics career throughout his 20s, he left Corporate America with a vision of helping others achieve financial independence and a successful overall life in health, relationships, and purpose through discipline and grit rather than just motivation and inspiration through his podcast and consulting services.


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Cecilia "Cece" Leung is a finance executive and CFO advisor to growing businesses who are ready to scale up financially and get ready for next-level opportunities. Cece is the founding partner of The Entrepreneur CFO, a global professional advisory firm helping growing companies with strategic decision making as they become financially and operationally ready for their next big thing. With fluency in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, paired with two decades of international financial services experience in New York, London, Switzerland, Hong Kong and China, Cece has worked with prominent firms including JP Morgan, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Ernst & Young, offering the best in-class solutions to Fortune 500 and growing companies worldwide. Cece is the author of the book Dear Accountant: Stories, Advice and Explorations, which offers up-and-coming professionals valuable insights and perspectives about the many career paths and opportunities under the accounting and finance umbrella.


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