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"I have never defined myself by my age. I have always just been me regardless of calendars and clocks. It's others who feel the need to point out my age as if that makes some kind of difference with who I am. That is their perception and only changes me if I let their perception seep into my reality. My perception is that I am ageless. I was born yesterday. I live today. Tomorrow I will die. There's no real construct of time in that."
"My beliefs about life and spiritually may morph and change over time… that's ok. The key for me is appreciating and accepting those fluid beliefs as mine and no one else's. No judgment. No apology."
Ageism and Employee Mix
"The sad truth is that age discrimination laws were written not to protect the ages, but to provide guidelines for organizations when hiring/dismissing. If you read the age discrimination act, you will find that it is chock full of loopholes that allow organizations to get away with things like "youthanization RIFs" and other questionable age-related practices. There are a lot of amazing people who have been unfairly and illegally dismissed without cause. Often due to those loopholes. And unless you are someone who has won the genetic lottery and can hide your age through the interview process, finding work after being unfairly aged out of a career is nearly impossible. The sharpest hardest working employees I know are those that come with experience. And the best employee mix is one that includes older workers side-by-side with younger workers, learning from each other. Shame on employers who aren't building toward the best employee mix vs. dumping older workers for no good reason. If you've experienced this, hang in there. I trust and believe that good people who are skilled and experienced employees, regardless of age, will find work with a company committed to appreciating them."
"Experience has taught me that accepting a job offer is not a permanent decision. If you choose to take the job and you are unhappy, you are free to leave and find another. If you take the job and realize you love it, no harm done. Enjoy yourself."
"I don't like hearing people say, "I'm not creative." Everyone is creative. Creativity isn't an artistic expression, it's a process of analysis, application, and outcome. That may be the process of moving from an empty canvas to paint to framed artwork on a wall. It may be moving from a flat piece of sheet metal to cutting and welding to an installed balcony railing. Or that process may be moving from an empty spreadsheet to numbers and formulas to a YoY budget analysis. Creativity applies to everything and everyone is creative!"
"Keep in mind that interviewers (typically just the hiring managers) are rarely experts at interviewing. Their expertise lies in finance or marketing or development or engineering... some profession that isn't 'assessing candidates through conversation.' When you have an awkward interview, you may have been sensing their own discomfort with the process. As the candidate, it's part of your role to put the interviewer at ease with your casual charm and excellent credentials."