As some of you know, I like to read the blogs of other Agile thinkers. I also follow some of the bloggers in the marketing/social media space. Most of you have not ever heard of Kyle Lacy or Dan Zarrella. However, you may know the name Seth Godin. I have been reading Seth’s blog for the last couple of years, which has lead me to buy a couple of his books as well. So right up front, IMO, I think some of Seth’s posts are purely created to get some idea out that has been clogging up his brain. However, occasionally, there is one that really strikes home.
Fifty is the new thirty is a post that stuck with me. Maybe because I am fifty-one, though I would like to believe it is more likely due to my feelings about getting older in the work environment. I see a lot of my friends who start a job, get comfortable, and then are shocked when the rug is pulled out from underneath them. What my friends don’t realize is:
- Unless things change dramtically, our 401ks and IRAs are not going to grow at the same rate they did in the past.
- Events outside of our control will continue to dominate the landscape for the forseeable future.
- At fifty, we will work for another three companies before we retire.
- Our parents will have used up all our inheritance.
So what do we do about it? Have a big pity party for ourselves? Yes, it sucks. I hear ya. It’s not fair.
Nope. That’s not the American way. I agree with Seth’s points. As a fifty year-old, I have seen a lot.
- 15% raises with 20% inflation.
- Gas prices going up 20%
- Multiple economic busts
- a laptop the size of a brief case weighing 50 pounds be replaced by an iPad
As the end of the baby boomers, the odds on us retiring at 70 are not very good. So, what do we do about it? I am going to continue to do exactly what I have been preaching: KEEP LEARNING!
How am I going to do that? I am going to keep trying to stay young. Not just buying an iPad or an xbox, but learning to surf, kayak, and sail board. Walking races, and enjoying my treadmill. I am going to continue to read technical books, and continue to spout off on a blog.
Enough about me. What are you going to do for the next 20 or 30 years? Mope?
Thanks for coming in today.