Boomers everywhere are shattering stereotypes of declining productivity by starting new ventures and creating successful “next acts.” Here’s why.
We’re redefining “youthful.”
We’re younger than ever in energy and spirit.
At 67, Eileen Disken’s motto is “Age is a state of mind.” She founded Smart Bodies Fitness in Fountain Hills, Arizona in 1998 at age 53. She held the women’s world record for her 24-hour ultra-marathon win in the South Jersey Roadrunners’ race, had run the Boston Marathon, and competed as the first woman in the Penn Relay Marathon.
She now has 50 clients, many of them 50+ themselves.
We also seek plastic surgery to align our outsides with youthfulness on the inside. Our demand for eye lifts, jowl lifts and liposuction drive the industry. Hair color sales boom.
We know our purpose and passion.
Starting a “next act” can be our way of following our purpose and passion.
Frank Mack, 55, opened City Antiques in Roswell, Georgia at 52 as a family business in a 15,000 square foot retail space. His passion is “Recycling, repurposing and reloving antique furniture, antiquities and antique books. I’ve found my purpose.”
Vickie Barbos, 60, founder of Tuscan Manor assisted living home in Fountain Hills, Arizona, has an eldercare passion.
“Residents ask me, ‘Do you really think you can help me?’ I promise them I will, no matter why or when.”
Susan Howington, 55, started Power Connections outplacement and coaching service in Southern California when she was in her own career transition, at a crossroads. Her passion is making personalized connections for clients. “It’s how most jobs are found. That’s our value to them.”
Happiness is our first priority.
More than fame, fortune, expensive homes and cars, we value our happiness and the happiness of those around us.
Howington points out “Client exhilaration about their new job and future is what defines my team’s happiness as well.”
Mack’s bliss unfolds as he creates the largest collection of antique books and medical antiquities in Georgia. “I’m living my dream.”
We are authentic in our relationships.
Our relationships with clients, investors and vendors are infused with respect.
Frank Mack says, “We have a ‘main street’ atmosphere in the store, with incredible relationships all around. People love being here.”
Howington says reputation is everything in building Power Connections. “Our relationships are critical to providing valuable connections to our clients.”
“In eldercare, excellent relationships with families, workers, and the health care community are the only way to succeed,” says Barbos.
We know first hand the search for meaning.
We don’t want to “die with our music still in us,” to quote Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Disken’s days usually start before the crack of dawn with client trainings at 5 a.m., and often end at 6:30 p.m. “My clients are working their businesses, too. My commitment to them is to meet them whenever they’re available,” she says.
She plans to keep working “to whenever.”
Just like the rest of us.