We all go about this life of ours acting on our beliefs. And if you believe it’s too late or you’re too old for that thing you want to do, you’ll find all sorts of evidence to prove that to be true.
If you, for example, believe it will be too hard to find a job or change careers or (gasp!) launch a business after age 50 you will hone in—like a freakin’ laser beam—on every long-term unemployment story and everywhere you look you will see people that appear to be more successful and younger than you.
Or you may find yourself obsessing over all the depressing stats you hear. You may have heard AARP’s recent report citing that older workers experience considerably longer job searches than their younger counterparts and 44 percent of workers over 50 feel that they’ve personally experienced some form of ageism. Lovely, isn’t it? And we were horrified by a recent stat from the Urban Institute suggesting that HALF of full time workers between the ages of 50 and 54 will be let go from their jobs. 50 percent!
Clearly, we all need to be working together to shift the perception of what it means to be over 50.
But There’s More Here to See
If 44 percent of us have experienced ageism, that means that 56 percent haven’t.
And even if (gulp) 50 percent of 50-54 year olds lose their jobs, the other 50 percent won’t.
We’re on a mission to change the culture around aging entirely.
Now, we’re not suggesting that you “look through rose colored glasses” here. On the contrary, we’re on a mission to change the culture around aging entirely. Ageism is, unfortunately, alive and well.
What we are suggesting is that you don’t have to wait for the culture to change. You can become one of the outliers.
So How Do You Defy Ageism and Make This Career Thing Work for You?
You begin by changing your beliefs.
In fact, that is how every positive change happens.
You begin by choosing beliefs that will allow you to live the life YOU want to live.
You need to begin by choosing beliefs that will allow you to live the life you want to live and grow into being the person you want to become.
And you need to choose these whether you believe them at this moment, or not. When you do you will start looking at yourself and the world through a different lens.
We work with hundreds of women that dare to “age boldly” and are rewriting the rules of what it means to grow older. They are pivoting their careers, changing their lives, launching their dream businesses (the ones that seemed like a ridiculous fantasy until now) and are drumming up the courage to put their creations out into the world.
These women made a commitment to themselves by joining us at Camp Reinvention. They are smart, ambitious, and itching for a change. They have so much to offer and so much more life to live. They are committed to (finally) being true to themselves and in many ways they feel like they’re just getting started.
Does This Sound Like You?
If yes, we have a challenge for you. We’d like you to embrace our 3 core beliefs, the beliefs that will help you create whatever positive change you want to create.
Try them on for size.
- Belief #1 – It’s NEVER TOO LATE to pursue a dream.
- Belief #2 – The life you have lived so far does NOT dictate the life you can create for your future.
- Belief #3 – You are more ready than you think you are.
Play with them. And start noticing…Look for the late bloomers. Listen to the reinvention stories. And pay special attention to the women that decided (yes, it’s a conscious decision) that it’s not too late to live their dream.
Dana Hilmer and Wendy Perrotti are the Co-Creators of Camp Reinvention, the only transformational program and private community for women 50+ who are eager to break the stereotype of what it means to grow older and create a second half of their lives they’re wildly excited about. Together they’ve coached over 2,000 hours, have developed hundreds of hours of original content, been featured on countless podcasts, television and radio shows, reached over 2 million people on their own podcast, and trained leaders in dozens of organizations that include PepsiCo, Aetna, Yale University, and InDemand.