One career advantage about being an aging Baby Boomer is that our enemies, those with a grudge against us, and our unethical competitors die off. That leaves us, unlike many Millennials, with a fresh start. If we are self aware and can let go of the past, we can travel the rest of our professional journey without those badmouthing us, tainting our reputation. They also aren't around to remind us of the mistakes we had made.
The rub is that some of us are still fighting those emotional and spiritual battles, years after those miscreants have passed on. How we can get freed?
One way is to simply look at the names of leaders in our profession. They will probably not be the powers that be of our time. Yeah, forget it.
Another way is the increasingly popular healer: meditation. There is a version of this for every mind. My first stop was the Shambala Buddhist temple. That was good for the basics of meditating and the fundamentals of Buddhism. The next stop was a mindfulness group at a local church. Now, like Goldilocks I found a setting that seems just right at the New Haven Zen Center, New Haven, Connecticut. The community of monks and one Buddhist nun embraces the Korean Kwan Um school of zen. There are no fees, although donations are welcome.
A third way is to observe how quickly and gracefully winners are able to shed their old skin. They don't seem to look back. For example, BUSINESS INSIDER founder Henry Blodget the publisher is light years from his days as a player in equities. Former newspaper tycoon News Corp's Rupert Murdoch seems to be letting out the ink in his veins.
During the past several years three of my enemies have kicked the bucket. With them have gone three monsters of my mind.