“Respect your elders,” they say.
Because elders “have been there” before you.
But have they?
Of course, my grandparents know what being in love, being married, having children, or earning a living, mean.
They can teach me about things in life that don’t change or haven’t changed!
But can my grandmother teach me what it means to be a career woman?
Can my father teach me about businesses in the Internet era?
Can he know the potential of a smartphone?
Unless your elders are people with vision, they cannot teach you much about how you can build yourself a life suited for the future.
Only YOU can do that!
So yes, respect your elders.
Just don’t blindly obey them.
And that includes your boss.