Texas and parts of Arizona here are booming. So, why aren't there wagon trains of unemployed and underemployed heading from locations with few work opportunities? Full disclosure: I arrived in AZ on April 14, 2014. A fire hose of revenue from my business has been turned on.
Well, the major fear among Baby Boomers is: What will they be without their networks where they are now based?
Let's start here. In a digital economy, our networks are a click away. In fact, most of those on my New York Metro network I never met in person or even spoke to on the phone. We continue to do business even though I am on the other side of the nation.
Secondly, no matter where we are we are always building networks. Man is a social animal. Also, we know damn well we better keep our contact list fresh. A neighbor here in his 70s blew into town in his mid 50s. He had retired from commercial real estate but couldn't live on the pension. Through people he met in the neighborhood he got a waiter job. On a good night tips could be three-figures.
Third, it's a brutal reality that no one wants us hanging around a network unless we have some goodies to trade. The network we treasure might not treasure us when we are without professional prospects.
Takeaway: Networks are everywhere. The trick is to gain access.