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Monday Mottoes – #232

crDepending on which type of industry you’re involved with, ageism can be a very real problem. The world just marked the passing of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, in his 70s and with physical disabilities and the world celebrated him. However, if you try to become employed or stay employed with similar challenges… how shall we put it nicely?

You’ll be kicked to the curb.

In many career niches, if you’re over 50 and competing with applicants in their 20s or 30s… guess who’s getting the job? Bottom-line: it’s cheaper for the company.

Really? Might save them money in the beginning, but might cost them millions in the long-run.

Which brings us to today’s motto, an absolutely brilliant quote coming my way from a freelance creative crdirector publishing earlier this month on LinkedIn:

“I’m not 54. I’m 22 with 32 years experience.” ~Louis Loizou

Love it. Love it-!

You can’t underestimate the power of experience. Think of medicine, politics, institutions of higher learning. They’re not searching for twenty-somethings to fill their top slots. Big mistakes can be made when employing someone with limited exposure and experience, someone who has only studied their specific focus and someone on a small salary… looking for their next position and who has little loyalty when it comes to your organization.  Mercenaries.

Yesterday, I found myself explaining to two college students what is Multi-Level Marketing (MLM). They did not understand the long experience that adults my age had encountered with MLM proponents hawking vitamins, beauty products, home-cleaning goods, vacuums and more. What if an acquaintance approached them? They might need part of the backstory to make an educated decision.

crRonald Reagan once turned ageism around when questioned if he was too old to be president at age 73: “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” Anyone who was around for the 1984 U.S. Presidential Debate (you were alive then, right?) recalls how Reagan’s quick thinking and witty repartee defined the evening.

With online applications so in vogue and de rigeur, with discrimination of any sort eschewed, why is there still a date-of-birth field? Check an “Over 21” box and be done with it.

Happy Monday, everyone! Try to act your age today… or not.

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