Hi everyone! It has been awhile since we connected at “Sizzling After 60.” The world certainly has changed. We are living and loving differently. The pandemic of COVID-19 has forced us to look at life and all that we bring to it, and what it brings to us in ways we could not have imagined. Many of us have tragically lost loved ones. For thousands, the world has simply turned upside down.
And yet, this is also a time where we have been forced to prioritize how we use our time.
I took a break from SA60 given a heavy schedule of teaching and consulting. Teaching marketing to both undergrad and graduate business school students at Loyola University was tremendously gratifying. It was remarkable to discover that I loved teaching and had a gift for it.
It did, however, take a lot of work, energy and training, once we had to move teaching online when COVID-19 hit. As I’ve often said, even doing what you love requires balance to avoid burnout and undue stress. So, I stepped back from writing my blog, but I was so glad to see my readers visiting past articles.
As we all are looking at our lifestyles now and determining what is working in the “new normal,” there are amazing discoveries being made.
Many are finding new skills that they didn’t know they had. From bread baking, knitting, writing and home schooling, to decorating, painting, landscaping, counseling, singing, consulting and more, isn’t it wonderful to find out how GOOD you are at these new skills and gifts? Many of you are finding that you are not only good, but EXCELLENT at them.
And that is my point. Excellence has no expiration date. YAY!
This time of staying in can be a time of reinvention and rejuvenation. Of looking at yourselves and thinking about what you’ve always wanted to try your hand at. Who knows?
You could start a new career, side hustle or a bona fide new business. According to an article in the Los Angeles Daily News, “The highest rate of entrepreneurial activity in the U.S. is among those 55 to 64 years of age, according to The Kauffman Index of Startup Activity.
AARP indicates that the most important reason for men to become entrepreneurs is to be their own boss; for women, it is the desire to follow a long-term passion. Other reasons include dissatisfaction with…