Proof that Baby Boomers can Reinvent Themselves

Change is Inevitable

If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.General Eric ShinsekiNewmanProjectLogo

The older I get, the more I appreciate my parents, especially their ability to reinvent themselves. The need for reinvention among baby boomers is a growing trend according to USA Today. And US News reveals 10 ways retirement today is a brand new ball game, unlike any other time in human history.

For years my mom has been reinventing ECFA to meet the needs of the time as captured here on this television spot.

In the past, my dad’s brainchild—The New Man Project—received coverage on Fox News for its work with prisoners.

And yet he’s mixing up the way he accomplishes that all over again.

Just this month, they’ve narrowed their focus. They’re now devoting nearly all their time to building quality fine furniture. And to achieve its mission of leading prisoners into productive lives, they integrated a new “ARC” program. franklinStoolChairs_hover

Adopt A Returning Citizen – ARC

The ARC program was developed to allow individuals, churches, and businesses to become involved in helping men successfully return to society from prison. For some returning citizens, facing an unemployment rate of 65% makes finding a job with a family supporting wage very difficult.

When you take into consideration lack of education, limited skills, felony record, drug addiction, temporary housing, and no drivers license, it makes it nearly impossible to find contemporaryCoffeeTasustainable employment. Financial donations given on a monthly basis, are used to hire men who desperately need a second chance. These donated funds are used exclusively for the wages of men employed by The New Man Project, and may be tax-deductible.

The New Man Project receives no federal or state funding. We are dependent on selling the furniture we make for income and the gracious giving of individuals who have compassion for the chronically underemployed. If you truly want to make a difference in a person’s life, please consider becoming an ARC Member. Family sustaining employment nearly triples the chance of successful reentry, and can bring hope and healing to individuals and families.

Don’t Believe the Lies

The Baby Boomers I professionally coach often start out by thinking they don’t know enough to compete in the job market. Many believe they’re technologically incompetent or that they’re too old to reinvent themselves. Unfortunately, this unbelief is toxic. These lies paralyze them and repel other potential companies and clients from actually hiring them.

In a recent Business Insider article, the writer identified 20 People Who Became Highly Successful After Age 40. You’ll probably recognize many names on the list. Several were in their 50s and 60s and one was even in his nineties.

459749_114718705398648_392978012_o1278085_141781412699678_318222688_oI am so proud of my clients who say YES to themselves and their dreams at any age. Take for example Pete and Pat Gano, a couple in their early eighties. Neither of them ever wrote a book and still they don’t want to die with their story still inside them.

As a result, they joined Author Academy Elite and they’re making that dream come true in real time.

The only factor limiting your success—at any age—is simply you’re own self-limiting beliefs.

The ultra successful realize that reinventing themselves is a daily discipline and one they can’t afford to skip.