One includes those who are the defensive about aging. That shows, of course, and it turns off employers, clients, customers, and colleagues.
The other type consists of those of us who embrace that we have crossed that line from middle age. Sure, there are some organizations and prospects for your business who bypass us for younger professionals? So? All that matters is that we continue to make a good living, on our terns.
How did I cross the line?
On a Skype interview, a not-too-successful founder of a web-content company said, "You are old enough to be my mother." Stunned, I continued the interview. I should have just clicked off. When I had time to absorb that assault to my dignity, I sent him an email that I would not be available for assignments. Three times he contacted me by email asking why. I didn't respond. Had I been able to preserve the Skype video transcript, I would have made a formal complaint to the appropriate government agencies and trade associations.
What I gained from that negative experience is that I can and should choose whom I want to work with. As a result I now approach the labor marketplace from a position of strength. I am over-50. That is no longer a significant variable to me. If it is in the marketplace, I veered away from those organizations and people.