“You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years, And get pats on the back as you pass, But your final reward will be heartache and tears, If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.” -From The Man In The Glass by Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr.
When you work in the credit union business, you can always be proud of how you make a living. As a movement, credit unions do not aim for profit or charity, but for service. Credit unions offer affordable interest rates members may need to get through a rough patch and improve the quality of life for families across the country. Credit unions make small loans that replace a broken air conditioner in the summer or help warm a home in the dead of winter. The positive impact credit unions make on middle-class families is astounding, and business is done with members’ well-being top of mind.
As a millennial, I intuitively know that our generation wants to make a difference in our communities. The Telefonic Global Millenial Survey found that 62% of millennials worldwide believe we can make a local difference, and 52% of American millennials believe we can make a global difference. As people who are passionate about service, we must invite more business- and community-minded millennials into the credit union movement because it is a business where loving your neighbor and building a stronger community is a part of the job. The credit union philosophy and the overriding mindset of our generation tremendously coincide. The person in the glass smiles back when we help other people.
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