"Many people in the second half of life want to make a contribution back to their communities and their world.
They want to pay it forward, to take the knowledge and skills they have developed with the support of others and make a difference in the lives of others, to serve the industries they know and love, as well as to help communities they live in or are communities of interest they share with others around the world.
Others have an extensive skillset (often cultivated in a leadership role) that they want to not only use, but monetize for the next phase in their professional life.
Perhaps they have skills and know-how, but aren't sure how to make it a business.
Or perhaps they have the spark of an idea borne of years in the corporate trenches that they are ready to create a startup around."
I wrote Ageless Startup because I was concerned that my peers did not have enough options to thrive in the workplace as they aged.
Under normal circumstances this was a significant problem. We are now well beyond that.
Traditional employment options for older workers will be diminished as we work our way out of the pandemic shutdown. There will be fewer jobs initially and the ageism bias in workplaces will only grow stronger.
Now is the time to create more and better options for ourselves.
So how do we frame this so we can take effective steps now?
When things return to ‘normal’….
• All existing organizations will need to be nimbler and more resilient. This was a clear trend that will only get stronger. This is true for employees as well as employers.
• It seems likely that existing organizations may begin offering ‘phased retirement’ programs to help older workers transition to their next roles in life. This is an almost ideal way to launch a new enterprise while you still h…
AARP just posted a nice review of Ageless Startup in their inaugural newsletter for Purpose Prize winners and fellows, May 2020.
"This past April, Rick had his first book, "Ageless Startup: Start a Business at Any Age" published. The book provides a roadmap to kick starting an entrepreneurial journey at any age. It offers tips and insight in to entrepreneurship and contains interviews with past Purpose Prize Winners and Fellows. The book embodies the core mission of the Purpose Prize." (emphasis added)
"Rick Terrien is a 2015 Purpose Prize Fellowand an entrepreneur repeatedly recognized for innovation excellence. He spent his career building creative business solutions to address societal problems. He received the 'Fast 50 Award' from Fast Company, the United States Small Business New Product of the Year Award. And now, he can add ‘author’ to his list of accomplishments."
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