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Ageless Entrepreneurs - Thomas Green Podcast interview

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“If you’re going into the second half of life and just hoping that the world is going to be rosy and that everything is going to come up flowers and you’ll be fine, I think you’re taking a pretty big risk. There is less risk in becoming more resilient and finding a way to make some further contributions. It can be based on a profession you had, or a community you love, or a market you love and want to contribute to. My advice is that it’s not hard, it’s just new.” --- Rick Terrien Link to the Youtube video Link to the Apple Podcast audio

Ageless quote - 'If you love what you do the word retirement does not exist' - Michael Smolens

"Even today at age 70, I am starting some major new businesses all over the world, and there is nothing encore about them. If you love what you do the word retirement does not exist, as retirement is doing what you want to do each morning when you get up, and I have been doing that my whole life." Michael Smolens Ageless Startup. Start a Business at Any Age. Page 16 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelsmolens/

Ageless quote - 'Planet-friendly business models are an ideal pathway for older entrepreneurs to create sustainable change, while adding to their own resiliency and the strength and value of the markets they serve.'

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"While the increased demand from all stakeholders for the corporate world to invest in smart, sustainable, reproducible solutions is abundantly clear, there is far less recognition of the many contributions that older entrepreneurs make to sustainability innovations and applications. Similarly, the role of older founders in developing sustainability-centered companies has received relatively little attention. Planet-friendly business models are an ideal pathway for older entrepreneurs to create sustainable change, while adding to their own resiliency and the strength and value of the markets they serve. Older founders recognize that what endures is not the hype or any fame accreting to business formation and growth, but sustainability models designed to regenerate rather than extract resources. Entrepreneurs of every color, ethnicity, and background are coming to understand that their mission is to leave a better, more sustainable world as a legacy for thos

Ageless quote - 'The circular economy - late-life careers are a wise reuse of the talents, skills, and knowledge developed over lifetimes of work and inquiry.'

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"Circular economy business models keep products, equipment, and infrastructure in use for longer, increasing the value of these resources. Principles that underpin circular economy thinking include reducing waste and finding innovative ways to repair, recycle, and reuse materials by returning them to the value chain. This is an intrinsically attractive strategy and business model for ageless entrepreneurs. One could even make the case for considering new, late-life careers as a wise reuse of the talents, skills, and knowledge developed over lifetimes of work and inquiry." Rick Terrien ### From: Starting Up Smarter. Why Founders Over 50 Build Better Companies. Dr. Mary J. Cronin. This quote is from my chapter which concluded this great book. Models for Regenerative Sustainability. Rick Terrien Page 287

Ageless quote - 'Founders in the second half of life will find abundant overlap of purpose with younger entrepreneurs. This is a unique time in our cultural and commercial history where these kinds of multigenerational partnerships can be formed around shared causes.'

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"Young and old alike can be innovation partners in this new world. While older entrepreneurs have lifetimes of experience and networks to share for the common good, young people have been born into a world where existential threats are a clear and present danger. Young people do not have the luxury of ‘kicking the problems down the road’. They feel their timelines for finding solutions are shrinking. There has always been a strong sense of urgency in younger generations to make change happen quickly, but this movement is being magnified by the multiple system failures endemic in the world, including climate change, food systems failures, and rampant pollution endangering health and life. Founders in the second half of life will find abundant overlap of purpose with younger entrepreneurs. This is a unique time in our cultural and commercial history where these kinds of multigenerational partnerships can be formed around shared causes. Mentoring can and should be multidirecti

Ageless quote - 'Instead of just asking "Why me?" ask yourself these questions to determine if becoming an entrepreneur after you retire from your job is a smart move for you.'

"Why is an ageless startup right for you? When you consider your options, you’ll likely see that the question perhaps shouldn’t be “Why me?” but rather “Why not me?” Consider this: You have skills and knowledge that have taken most of a lifetime to accumulate. You have the time to build a new career slowly and thoughtfully that can reflect the values you want to leave for those who follow. You have networks of friends, colleagues and connections and that are unique in history. You have the passion to make a difference and time enough on the planet to not care what others think about you." Rick Terrien Source: Mar 26, 2020 Entrepreneur Magazine. 26 Questions to Help You Decide If a Late-in-Life Business Is Right for You. Rick Terrien. Article: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/346439

Ageless quote - 'To reap a so-called longevity dividend you need to make sure that you set up the infrastructure to make that possible' - The Economist

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This is a great new quote from The Economist in support of the longevity infrastructure we're building at the CAE. Unlocking the potential of older years The Economist. Dec. 21, 2021 (6:04) “In the rich world 90% of people will now reach their 65th birthday and most of them will have plenty of healthy years ahead of them. Encouraging people to make use of these healthy years could unlock economic potential that’s being lost in retirement. To make the most of this increasing life expectancy, to reap a so-called longevity dividend you need to make sure that you set up the infrastructure to make that possible . More flexible ways of tapping into, say your pension savings, to employers taking a more open-minded approach.” (6:40) Emphasis added Youtube link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJCr5WJapm8

Ageless quote - 'I chose to see them more as obstacles to overcome, rather than mistakes.' - Martha Davis Kipcak

Are there any mistake(s) you can share from your own current career? Every day should be an opportunity to discover and grow and correct whatever didn’t work before. There were definitely disappointments and gut punches and states of bewilderment. But I chose to see them more as obstacles to overcome, rather than mistakes. " Martha Davis Kipcak Ageless Startup. Start a Business at Any Age. Page 16

Ageless quote - 'Cultivate curiosity and tenacity and wonder. Listen more. Talk less.' - Martha Davis Kipcak

"Work every day to maintain good emotional, spiritual and physical health. Cultivate curiosity and tenacity and wonder. Listen more. Talk less. Stay active and engaged in people, in ideas, in what truly brings value to life." Martha Davis Kipcak Ageless Startup. Start a Business at Any Age. Page 16

Ageless quote - 'Nothing is as exhausting as people who refuse to own any error, intentional or accidental. Own your shit.' - Martha Davis Kipcak

What is your best piece of advice you would share with someone in the second half of life considering entrepreneurship? Own your shit. "Nothing is as exhausting as people who refuse to own any error, intentional or accidental. Own your shit. People will respect you for it. And you can respect yourself. Work every day to maintain good emotional, spiritual and physical health. Cultivate curiosity and tenacity and wonder. Listen more. Talk less. Stay active and engaged in people, in ideas, in what truly brings value to life." Martha Davis Kipcak Ageless Startup. Start a Business at Any Age. Page 16