Starting Over is no longer for Millennials whose startups failed. Or middle-aged corporate executives who were laid off. Those of us over-66 are also engaged in career turnarounds.
No, we are not among the poverty aged. Between our entitlements like Medicare/Social Security and passive income we're not forced to eat dog food.
It's more that we want to continue to work. The challenge on that is that the marketplace has become forever volatile. Everything keeps changing. So, every now and then we have to start over.
Most recently my shift was from focusing entirely on providing social media content back to my long-term field of executive communications. That is, ghostwriting and speechwriting. Social media had been glutted. Meanwhile, the demand surged for ghostwriting and speechwriting.
Although the money is lots better, the adjustment has been brutal. Evidence of that is that I put on some weight.
The typical client for executive communications needs the book ghostwritten or the speech put together pronto. "At my age," as the saying goes, I'm pulling all-nighters. Also, the quality of service expected is higher. After all, the client is usually a Fortune 100 businessperson or a brandname celebrity.
In addition, I have had to modify my LinkedIn Prolife and nurture other networks.
When I first hit professional headwinds at age 58, I assumed that once I turned around my business, I could settle back in. I am amazed how unaware I was how the new world of work operates.
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