No Barriers: An Aging Population breathes new life into entrepreneurialism


“Age is no barrier. It is a limitation you put on your mind.” – Anonymous

We’ve all seen the hamster running in a wheel. He is going nowhere, but he is fast. This concept is clearly understood by the workforce is aging and the business climate is outsourcing or looking to the younger generation to fill important roles in the workplace, but often demanding more from existing its employees ..

“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. “- Douglas MacArthur

The Chrysalis Corporation notes that” Starting in 2012, nearly 10,000 Americans will turn 65 every day. ” The quality of health care has resulted in the population living and working longer. However, this population expresses a level of dissatisfaction with their current job.

Consider the following statistics regarding job satisfaction.

42% Coping with emotions burn

33% feeling at a dead end in the current job

21% looking for a new job in another company

20% Look for a major career change

9% feel they do not have adequate training knowledge for the job

(Source: New Employer / Employee Equation Survey, Harris Interactive 2005)

Interestingly, the these figures do not necessarily reflect workers who are indifferent to work they simply reflect a growing dissatisfaction with business as usual.

“I could not, at any age, be content to take my place in the corner by the fireside and simply look on.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Many are discovering an entrepreneurial recipe that is giving them hope for a “different” future. The mixture I’m talking about includes the possibility to set your own hours, be your own boss and find something you’re passionate about.

There is phenomenal growth in business startups among those 50 years and older. Advances in technology and connectivity via the Internet are allowing an aging population to leave the workplace, doing something they love and restore their own destiny and, in many cases, identity.

“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.” – Dale E. Turner

One of the selling points of Internet entrepreneurialism is there is no age bias. The consumer has only to be interested in the product and rarely even wonders who the business owner is.

As job cuts become more apparent through downsizing or outplacement it is likely aging entrepreneurs will agree with Aldous Huxley who said, “The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”

Many successful startups in the online market today find their roots in the hearts of aging corporate workers who are tired of the hamster wheel, are willing to bring their life experiences to the world of entrepreneurship and are seeing again more comprehensive job.


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