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Older Workers Must Be Proactive About Their Future

Entrepeneur 21 May 2020 01:00
Older Workers Must Be Proactive About Their Future
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Rick Terrien is the author of Ageless Startup: Start a Business at Any Age, via  Entrepreneur Press. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound.

The world has changed. This is not a drill. Older workers are especially vulnerable to being left behind. No matter what our career is, we are all facing a new normal in our work life. There are more than 100 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 40 and 65. All of us need to consider new options to create value and work in the future. If older workers wait for help, we will likely find ourselves waiting a long time.

We need to get ahead of this entire problem, not just the immediate issues this crisis presents. Planning for the recovery means taking stock of where you will be working 10 or 15 years from now — or even a couple years from now.

You can choose a course for yourself of just keeping your head above water in roiling business currents, or you can take active steps right now to build more economic resiliency into your life. A better approach is to be proactive about your future and begin building more stable platforms under yourself.

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