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Keep asking “What’s next?” and pursue it relentlessly!

Aging is not a fate unless we volitionally choose to regard it as such.

I don’t!

Never have. Never will.

I learned decades ago from George Plimpton, American journalist, writer, literary editor, actor and amateur sportsman, to be part of life and not a spectator of it…at every age.

My decades in the music business as a producer, engineer, performer, and songwriter brought me in touch with superstars who continue to influence me through my career rear view window, especially in my seventh decade on this wonderful planet:

Chuck Berry: On his 90th birthday he debuted a new album.

Tony Bennett: Entered his tenth decade teamed with Lady Gaga and maintained a busy touring schedule while holding on to his persona as a king of croon.

Willie Nelson: He may remain irascible, but his prodigious outflow of new albums shows he’s in a motivated mindset.

John Mayall: Long considered the father of British blues, he’s grandfathered many of England’s most prodigal sons —Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and Jack Bruce. He still tours relentlessly and, equally impressively, still blows a mean harmonica.

Buddy Guy: One of the few remaining true blues icons, he’s still out on the road in his 80s, showing the same grit and confidence in his fretwork as he did when he famously chummed around with Jimi Hendrix. Eric Clapton once declared, “Buddy Guy was to me what Elvis was for others.”

Ringo Starr: As hard as it is to imagine there’s a Beatle in his 70’s, his All Starr band is still stable 30 years on.

Bob Dylan: At an age when most senior citizens have long since retired, Dylan continues to tour relentlessly, pausing only to take time to accept his recently awarded Nobel Prize for Literature.

So, WTF regarding retirement. Been there. Done that. Uninspiring. I’d rather keep asking “What’s next?” and pursue it relentlessly!

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Put Off Retirement and Find Another Gig You Like

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects the trend of older people working to continue, estimating that 13 million Americans age 65 and older will be in the labor force by 2024. While earlier generations viewed retirement as a time for rest and relaxation, in the last 10 to 15 years, the retirement age has crept up to 68. As of February 2019, more than 20% of Americans aged 65 or older were working or looking for work, a 57-year high, according to federal data. Continue reading Put Off Retirement and Find Another Gig You Like

AGEISM STRATEGIES FOR YOUR 50+ JOB SEARCH

In states that require helmet use for all riders (operators and passengers), 99% of motorcyclists wear helmets. Nowhere near the same compliance when it comes to age discrimination in the workplace. Although age discrimination in hiring is illegal under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), it’s clearly a research-supported reality that older workers have more difficulty landing new jobs than their younger counterparts; even when skills are comparable.  The harsh truth is that, according to a 2020 study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), workers 40 years of age and above are only about half as likely to get a job offer as younger workers if employers know (or surmise) their age. But, take it from someone who at 70 and 72 has been offered notable positions with major companies, it IS possible to secure meaningful work…you just need to know how. Continue reading AGEISM STRATEGIES FOR YOUR 50+ JOB SEARCH

CHALLENGE TO UP & OUT EMPLOYERS

Robotics and AI are rapidly changing the way goods are manufactured today but the typical career is still stuck in 20th century assembly line thinking. Employees take an entry level job, move up the ranks, get promoted, make more money and then are forcibly put out to pasture as part of the up & out employer attitude as to how business works. Up & out is based on the principle that older workers become a liability in their 50s and 60s and that younger employees have more to offer. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Continue reading CHALLENGE TO UP & OUT EMPLOYERS

International success at 46 is no “Fiction”

Samuel Leroy Jackson grew up as an only child in Tennessee, the son of an alcoholic father who lived away from the family. He was raised by his mother, a factory worker and supplies buyer for a mental institution. During childhood, he had a stuttering problem but eventually learned to “pretend to be other people who didn’t stutter.” Continue reading International success at 46 is no “Fiction”

How many doors are you willing to knock on?

How many doors are you willing to knock on to reinvent your career? Sara Blakely has knocked on a lot of them.

After a brief stint at Walt Disney World, she sold fax machines door-to-door for seven years. Frustrated by having to wear pantyhose in the hot Florida climate on her sales route, she experimented by cutting off the feet of her pantyhose while wearing them under a new pair of slacks. Continue reading How many doors are you willing to knock on?