Most of us know that the stereotypes about 50+ workers are usually the opposite of the truth: We actually have lower absentee rates and greater job performance and problem-solving ability, largely due to experience—on the job and in life. But employers who consciously or unconsciously believe the stereotypes won’t hire the workers who would prove […]
What Will You Do with Your Most Innovative Years?
Studies, such as by the Kauffman Foundation and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, consistently show that innovation increases with age, despite the popular examples of Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates. They are notable largely because they are counter to the norm, which is vast numbers of innovators in midlife and beyond working away […]
Designing Your Future
Just last year, surveys showed a large majority of Boomers planning to continue working past retirement age, some by necessity and some by design. But already we can see signs of economic recovery in the latest numbers from MetLife Mature Market Institute, with 52 percent of Boomers born in 1946 saying they are now fully […]
Is the Glass Ceiling Half Empty or Half Full?
When we look at women’s power in the workforce, whether running their own businesses or working as executives or on boards in the corporate world and academia, we can view the situation as negative or positive depending on our focus. Obviously, women are still underpaid and vastly underrepresented in positions of power, although this is […]
Positive Aging Does Not Mean Denial
Positive Aging is the latest meme for describing new approaches to life post-50, approaches that focus on changing the conversation about aging to encompass the reality that the years ahead of us hold more potential, not less—for meaningful work and business, making a difference, and living lives of significance, value, and visibility. I am wholeheartedly […]
The Retirement Age Myth
Whenever I read about retirement age, and how it has changed or is changing, all I can think of is “What difference does it make?” Why, in this day and age, do we even have a “retirement age”? Maybe in the past, a particular age could be associated with a time when people were physically […]
Boomer Summit Gets to the Bottom Line
Bravo to Mary Furlong for pioneering the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit for the last 10 years. Advocating for big business and investors to not leave money on the table, she is a leading visionary voice bringing big money attention to us, the 50+ market. The summit is the place to be for big money to […]
Connecting the Dots
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
It's Never Too Late
Sometimes rock bottom is the best foundation for building something incredible. Chris Gardner, 57, the homeless man who transformed his life and made millions, is a shining example of this. His story is told in his autobiography and the movie based on it, The Pursuit of Happyness.
I’m an aging junkie. No doubt about it. And proud of it! I turned 69 on Monday, and it’s no accident that I’ve just returned from the Sixth Annual Positive Aging Conference, sponsored by the prestigious Fielding Graduate University of Santa Barbara, California, and I’m now attending the highly regarded Boomer Summit, presented by Mary […]
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