Yet, that's the model of professional success we had been conditioned to follow.
We were thrilled to be hired into the training program at P&G or Ford. We found out the rules. We conformed. Yes, we were Organization Men and Organization Women. Some of us peaked quickly and stayed for most of the rest of our career in middle management. Some rose to the executive level. Then most of us got the boot in middle age.
After getting ejected from Corporate America we hung out shingles. There were few jobs for the 50+ professional. We built our businesses. Soon enough we truly appreciated the tax advantages of being self-employed. Most of us did fine. Then the world of business changed in the 21st century. Shock, it kept changing.
In 2003, I conceded that the communications boutique which had been so successful since 1987 had failed. I started over. That time in social media. Then that field went through massive disruption. I started over again. Then The Great Recession came. Again I started over. For the past 15 months I have again struggled to put together another company. Its target markets are on the West rather than East Coast.
Things are going well. But I know that might not be for long. Soon enough I might have to again start over, that is, if I want to continue to work.
The pain comes when I look back to the good old days. Perhaps none of us should look back.