What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back? - A Stick!
For years we’ve been told how powerful they are, how life changing, trend setting, invincible – on and on. Sheer size buoys the claims and baby boomers have certainly lived large in both their eyes and the eyes of the watchers. Question is – can they continue to carry it off?
To stay on the cutting edge of anything you must embrace change. Experience is a wonderful teacher only if you learn the lesson. The future comes regardless of your participation and so again, will you be up to the task?
Many foist the idea that the boomer generation created its own values or worse abandoned them all together. Not so. Boomers like all generations had their values instilled by their parents, loved ones, significant others, teachers, etc. We are all products of our past and the consensus among professionals is that by age 5 or 6 we have a significant portion of our adult personality and values. To change those values requires one to first identify them, then to consciously set out on a course to change them and many agree that that task is at least daunting!
Golden Boomers (those already retired or able to retire) find themselves in a pivotal position. We’ve all heard the “Golden Rule” and the newer version, “He who has the Gold … makes the rules.” These golden boomers statistically do have the gold (80% or more of personal financial assets) and continue to influence markets. They find themselves at the proverbial “fork in the road.” Drive off into the sunset, living the good life? Contributing to society and remaining relevant? Or something in-between? My experience is that in typical “boomer style” they want both!
Embracing change, as mentioned above, is difficult. Identifying our core beliefs and values requires work – to list them and rank order them is even more arduous. However, it is a must to position oneself for the future. Creating your very own “Personal Strategic Plan,” becomes a must. Whether you’re a Golden Boomer (age 62 -65) or a “mid-stream” boomer (age 54 – 58) having a Personal Strategic Plan will benefit you and your family greatly.
Boomers were told not to trust anyone over the age of 30 back in the ‘60’s … what are today’s youth being told? (What goes around … comes around) How can that perception be disarmed? As this largest of all generations comes to terms with its power and influence, they will indeed become Golden. Positioning themselves to serve will for many require change - change that will be discovered from introspection and identifying core values and beliefs.
Unless you want to be perceived as a “stick” you need to find the way to remain the boomerang you were born to be. “Old (man/woman), has been, over the hill, out to pasture, not relevant, tired, gone fishing, geezer, hag, nag, etc,” are all terms we’ve thrown out to the generation before us … NOT US … I’m a boomerang and as one of our very own famous boomers has coined … “I’ll be back!”
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