Mind the Gap
The company I work for is a startup. It began a couple years ago in someone’s garage and now there are 20+ names on the phone directory. Several of the people on the phone directory are listed as “consultants”. They are actually retirees looking for a way to leverage their talents into a part time gig that has the potential to provide a nice return.
And it makes perfect sense to me. With the baby boomers reaching retirement in record numbers, and yet with many years of life expectancy ahead of them, there is only so much golf one person can play. And in each of us there is a desire to create and contribute that recreational activities like golf and travel cannot fulfill.
Being in mid-career, I have the perspective to see the benefit of their mindset. Early on in my career, I brought energy and a willingness to learn. Now, after having been knocked around enough, I know how to avoid the mistakes and to focus on what will have the most impact. And in the future I hope to continue to learn and evolve my skills and bring a profound level of wisdom and a patience that I see our “consultants” display on a regular basis.