A friend and I found ourselves in our 50’s, single, working more than one job each, respected in our professions, and wondering how we were going to retire. It became blatantly obvious that although we do use technology, increasing our skill levels had to happen.
The Happiest 50 Somethings, the Busiest by Choice
Judith and I have decided to pool our resources – financial, intellectual, ethical, and professional – to start a business together, and enhance our lifestyle. We have many role models:
- Consultants who hone their skills, then sell those skills to high paying employers.
- Retirees who have the will and drive to make a difference locally, volunteering or for extra income.
- Part time employees, who seek a balance of needed income and meaningful projects.
Striking out on our own feels like a natural progression by optimizing our professional skills.
The Psychological Wall
Our combined experiences, along with a continuing enthusiasm for work, and a wealth of information at our fingertips make this all seem possible. Being more flexible with where we work – at home or traipsing around the world – appeals greatly. This ability to work from home means that one stream of income will be 100% digital and the other two streams will rely on social media to draw clients.
This is where the 50-somethings can easily hit a wall. It seems that we have spent a lifetime mastering skills that soon become antiquated. After a while, we both started waiting out the technology until we really couldn’t wait much longer. This way, we got to skip a couple of generations and not clog up the minds with soon-to-be-useless technology. Take the phone, for example. The smartphone – iphone came on the market and we gave it all a pass while they worked out the bugs as our own flip phones were working just fine. When they died, we bought second hand iPhones and didn’t bother with data. Until we needed it.
Now that the businesses are starting, we have to figure out social media beyond the platforms we already use for work and family. All I can say is thank God we have 20-somethings who come to dinner and do their laundry. Apparently, we bred some resources.
If you are a 50 something…
Have you deliberately taken your career on a different route? Or are you thinking about a change?
Have you embraced the digital world because you want to steer your career or are you already immersed in social media and figure, “what the heck, I might as well see if I can parlay this into a side income”?
If you are a younger professional…
What do you admire in “experienced” professionals?
What drives you nuts about your elders online? (Kinda glad my daughters aren’t commenting on this blog.)