We're excited to introduce Lindsey Stutheit, founder of Millennial-focused site Ditching Dumb, to the TWG Community today! Not only is Lindsey on the fast track to becoming a known influencer to 20-somethings looking to make an impact in their careers, but she's also local to me – just over the Colorado state line in Wyoming! Read on to learn more about what's on the radar for Ditching Dumb, Lindsey's day-to-day routine in running the site and her take on the apparent flaws in today's workforce.
Q: What inspired your to launch Ditching Dumb? Do you have a history in blogging, or is this your first blogging venture?
I don't have a strong history in blogging. About a year ago I started learning about websites, keywords, code, and building information sites. So I've slowly been learning the language and understanding the monetization of websites. I decided to start blogging because I felt like it was a good opportunity to build a business I could be proud of. Making money off of AdSense is great, but also very impersonal. I wanted something that allowed me create products and feel like I was really helping people. So Ditching Dumb
was born. It's a no-nonsense blog about how to be an adult and get yourself together. I feel like a lot of us millennials need a little assistance in this area – I sure did!
Q: In your opinion, what are the top three challenges that Millennials face in the workplace?
I feel like there are so many. I personally struggled in this area to the point where I quit on a couple of occasions. Problem 1 is management
. There seems to be loads of micromanagement going on in the workplace. I feel like millennials want to feel like there is room for creativity and another way of doing things. We grew up with technology and sometimes we see easier, more efficient ways of executing tasks. Sadly, we end up getting penalized for using them or suggesting them because our superiors don't even know what we're talking about. Problem 2 is the 'good ol' boy' system
. We didn't grow up in a world where this was used or used well. We tend to feel like if we do great work we should be recognized for that. So it is very defeating to see jobs go to other people because of who they know and not what they can do. It feels stupid and pointless to continue to put in high quality work. Problem 3 in my mind is education and job "qualifications."
I feel like if you have a brain, when you read a job description with a 25 bullet list of minimum qualifications you kind of feel like you lost already. It feels like companies really push high quality workers away with this need to over-define a position. Like I said, an intelligent person is going to be like "Yeah, I'm not doing that for $13.50 an hour." I feel like a better approach is a small qualification list that promotes a high-functioning individual with the expectation that there will on-the-job training. This allows people the opportunity to learn and grow into a job and make it their own. Long answer – sorry not sorry.
Q: Walk us through your typical workday – if a typical workday exists! How do you balance life, work and blogging?
A: I get up around 6 a.m. I make a fresh breakfast, drink some coffee and put together a lunch. By 7, I've got my computer out, and I'm doing the little things: email, Twitter, checking on some accounts. Around 8, I put on real people clothes, a little make-up, and play with my animals for a sec. 8:30-ish I'm back at it. Writing an article, trying to work a connection, email, Twitter, etc. By 10:30, I need some fresh air and take my pups for a walk. When we get back I either eat lunch or head off to a part-time gig. I work 4 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a local retailer. If it's not a work day, after lunch I get back to writing, editing, and connecting. I feel like the biggest thing I can get done by the end of the day is to have found another opportunity, another person I want to collaborate with, or another place to market my wares. By 3 or 3:30 I'm kinda done. So I have a snack, and head to my garage for a workout. 5 o'clock rolls around and I have two dogs starin' me down for another walk. When we get back its 5:30 or 6 and dinner time. After dinner, I do one more round of Twittering and emailing and check out for the day.
Q: What are some of the future product offerings that will be associated with Ditching Dumb in the future?
A: We just released our first product during launch day, which is a menu planning service. A nice solution for busy millennials to eat real food and improve their health. So the next thing on the docket is some sort of fitness guide or product. There is a ton of fitness stuff out there, so I'm not sure how I'm going to differentiate yet. I'm thinking something to the effect of making a home gym or turning your living room into a workout space. Again, trying to aim at the busy, working 20 or 30-something looking for a real solution to their fitness irregularity. I'd also love to start creating some fan wear (t-shirts, etc.), an e-book, and start marketing a public speaking package – eventually. I need a bigger audience first!
Q: If you could give your pre-grad self one piece of advice – what would it be?
A: So many options here! Honestly the one thing I would want to have know was: that playing by the "rules" and following the advice of others was never going to lead to a satisfying career. But rather, a career that would be good for me would start when I started making decisions that were about me and for me. You totally need to be "selfish" to make a life you actually like!
Keep up with Lindsey and Ditching Dumb on social media on Facebook and Twitter, @DitchingDumb, and stay tuned for more exciting services and offerings in Ditching Dumb's store here.