So you’re finally accepting that you’re closer to being a fossil than you are a hatchling. Good for you. Embrace your age if it happened to bring along some wisdom for the ride. If age came alone, well…ah…you can always brush up on the wisdom part by reading and listening more often followed by a period of reflection.
Here in Canada, more and more people are realizing that older workers are making up the bulk of the employment picture. People are working longer for one thing in these days and the days to come, even the Government is considering raising the age of receiving a pension from 65 to 67. The other thing too is that numbers wise, there’s just more of us in the older worker category than ever before.
Used to be that people used a pretty wide brush to whitewash anybody over 55 into the category of being put out to pasture. Past their prime, slowing down, easing into retirement, not long for this world, getting out the ol’ rocking chair. If you buy into this, well, get out your suspenders and settle down for dinner at 4:30p.m. then toddle off to bed at 8:30p.m. with your cup of Ovaltine.
ON THE OTHER HAND….
Because of the very fact that older workers are making up a better portion of the employed these days and in the days to come, you’ve got every reason to believe that you’re what the people want! See your age as a strength – and this is paramount – that is desireable. Stop apologizing for your increasing years! What have you got going for you? Try these on for size:
You’re experienced, you’ve got life experience, you’re emotionally stable, you’re past your child rearing years, you’ve got energy because of advances in medicine and fitness that older workers 30 years ago didn’t have. You’ve got the wisdom to continually learn. You’re closer to most companys’ most desired customers – the ones with money to spend. Older customerrs ‘get you’, not some kid who still has teenage acne but has a tag that says “Manager” on his lapel at McDonalds. You’re way past trying to climb the corporate ladder and so you won’t be leaving the next job for a raise at the competition like that 20 or 30 year old co-worker. You might have reliable transportation while the Yuppies are still taking the local bus. You DO know what punctual means and put it into practice.
Turning your perceived weakness into a strength only works if you believe it yourself. How can you hope to convince someone else to believe you’ve got what it takes if you don’t believe it yourself? Open up your front door at home and get out your broom… Sweep out lethargy, self doubt, negativity and criticism. They’ve been living with you for too long. Now put out the welcome mat for Confidence, Self Esteem, Pride, and Self Efficacy and Competence.
Oh, and a little baking soda on those chompers will do wonders!