The Greatest Opportunity of Your Life – Being older means it’s YOUR TURN!
In your 20’s you were excited about the opportunities along the road ahead in the decades ahead.
When you approach or surpass 50, you can get excited again.
That road and decades of healthy and active life are still ahead. In fact, never before have you been better prepared to make them the best years of your life.
It’s your turn so forget planning for retirement. Don’t let ageism block your road.
Embrace boundless opportunities in employment, entrepreneurialism, self-employment and other new and exciting ways to earn an income if you need and want it. Live with passion and purpose. Have the health and wellbeing in mind, body and spirit to “die young at an old age”. Be relevant and have a life that matters.
New insights and ways to view your life from New Way Forward’s Paul Long.
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Podcast Transcript: The Greatest Opportunity of Your Life – Being older means it’s YOUR TURN
Congratulations, today is your day, you’re
off to great places, you’re off and away. Dr.
Seuss Oh, the places you’ll go.
This is more than a kids’ book, and in fact,
this could be one of the greatest gifts you
could give someone over the age of 50.
Stay with me on this. Now I’m in the bedroom
where when our sons were young, I’d read to
them every night we still got some of the
books Goodnight Moon. There goes a truck, Dr.
Seuss books. This wasn’t on the shelf. We
gave this book to each boy in one of their
graduations. And in fact, this is a very
popular gift to graduates because Dr. Seuss,
in his amazing way, really lays out what life
ahead is going to be like. The exciting part
the things you can do, the places you can go,
the things you can achieve, and also the
scary places, the dark places, the hard
places. But the fact that you’ll get out of
- And what got me to thinking is, is that
when you’re graduating from high school or
college, there’s this road ahead, this road
ahead of possibilities of things you want to
do, places you want to go, things you want to
accomplish, differences you want to make. In
the decades of life ahead. Well, when you’re
approaching so-called retirement age, you’ve
still got decades ahead, you’ve still got
that road of possibilities ahead of you,
except you now have decades of life behind
you in which you’ve learned a lot about this
and you’ve learned what you want and what you
can do, and maybe you haven’t been fulfilling
some of the really important things within
you. Now you’ve got this literally fresh
opportunity to do it. And that experience
plays a big role, as Dr. Seuss says, you look
up and down streets, look them over with care
about some, you will say, I don’t choose to
go there with your head full of brains and
your shoes full of feet. You’re too smart to
go down any not so good street. If you decide
to think about this and take this
opportunity, this quite frankly, gift of life
that now is afforded to us and future
generations where we’re not just living
longer, we’re living healthier, longer and
more active and the way society and
technology and business and everything else
- The opportunities abound. I mean, you
would not be alone. There are the mega trend
that’s going on right now is people over 50,
60, 70 or 80 are continuing to work,
sometimes because they have to and sometimes
because they want to or both. Sometimes
they’re even pivoting careers. And every week
you hear about some new configuration about
older workers staying employed longer,
whether it’s phased retirement or legacy
workers, special projects, consultants or
whatever and entrepreneurs. Boomers lead
millennials two to one by two to one margin,
double the number of startups every year and
have the highest likelihood to succeed. In
many cases, it’s because, hey, it’s my turn.
I want something to do. So this book Oh, the
places you go might help someone just get
past this notion of traditional retirement.
And very often it’s just a notion you planned
your whole life, but you haven’t really
thought this one through and open up a world
of possibilities that could be one of the
greatest gifts of life. And you know, it
might seem daunting at first, and you got to,
you know, put some work in some homework and
think about it and everything. But the
possibilities are great and and as Dr. Seuss
says. And will you succeed?
Yes, you will.
Indeed. Ninety eight and three quarter