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I recently had the supreme pleasure to give my ‘Ignite Your Life’ keynote speech to a group of engineers, business owners, entrepreneurs, educators and governmental leaders. To say I felt like the dumbest guy in the room would be an understatement, however I loved it and meeting them. As I told the group hanging out with really smart successful people is a precursor to self-improvement.
It was a great day!
Hosted by the Capital Area Manufacturers Council (CAMC) at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University, and a regular event coordinated by Michelle Cordano, this social/business gathering brings together women and men who want to see our economy thrive and improve.
For example I met Jeff Metts, President of Dowding Industries, and his right hand Rebecca Roberts, Executive Director. Andy Storm, President and CEO of Eckhart and his Director of Human Resources Stephanie Schanher, Jim Bunn, business services Liaison for Capital Area Michigan Works, and Julius Diaz the new Director of Human Resources for Emergent biosolutions, just to name a few. These executives want to move the needle higher and create positive economic momentum.
The demands of the 21st century workforce are dynamic and intriguing, never before imagined. Working to not only encourage upward mobility, these demands will include-
- Learning and education
- Growth, including spiritual, physical and intellectual
- Goals and the ever changing need for re-evaluation, creation and modification of them. Using acronyms such as SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) to challenge us daily on the journey of incremental self- improvement.
- Continual performance evaluation, both on a personal level as well as professional
- Customer focused employees
Together building a new mindset of ‘Exceptionalism-ness’ will overcome many of the obstacles that are becoming pervasive in the 21st century. This mindset will take collaboration and teamwork, and a new paradigm must emerge to really embrace this potential forward momentum. Multigenerational giving and mentoring, training and sharing must occur for continued upward mobility.
In a recent article in Time Magazine, Paul Taylor wrote about Millennials and their “Economic Indignities” where they “unlike their parents and grandparents, this is a downwardly mobile generation, (ouch) with smaller incomes, less wealth, (ugh) more debt, higher unemployment and fewer homes than their parents’ generation had at a similar age”. Stepping to the aid of our children, and for some our grandchildren, has never been a more serious issue. The knowledge economy may hold potential, but only in randomized pockets of success, for the vast majority of millennials the future could be bleak.
That is if we do not do something about it!
As I say on my radio talk show ‘Boomers Rock’ “through adversity grows opportunity”. The intergenerational upward mobility and the confidence growth that is necessary for becoming part of the new normal of ‘Exceptionalism-ness’ is upon us.
The marginalization of certain age groups is the future draining of our talent pool, what will we do to combat this trend?
The best way to battle betrayal is through giving back, to caring and to loving and reaching out in new and better ways. The new-new normal is a time of reflection and re-evaluation of our principles. My speaking to the CAMC really opened my eyes to the concern of these business owners and leaders in finding the next generation of talented skilled trades, fabricators and creative builders. Filling the collective pool of talent, 21st century creative hands on workers and doers, will take ingenuity and it will take effort.
We all may live in the most technologically advanced world ever and the Millennials may be the best educated and omnipresent consumers of technology, but without hands on functional workers, here in our state and other states in our country (manufacturing employs more people than any other category in Michigan) our way of life will not reach the potential that it can be.
And these careers pay really well!
‘Exceptionalism-ness’ will take all of us to get our house in order and dream better dreams. For example, the “Believe in Amazing- The Superintendents Speaker Series” that a group of my friends and I are developing will raise the bar to a new level. This group includes Dr. David Hornak, Superintendent of the Holt public schools, Brian Town, CEO of Michigan Creative and Jeff Fuhrman, President of Third Coast Media.
The Superintendents Speaker Series
In this seminar series we will share ideas, talk about positivity and acknowledge good things that are occurring in secondary education all while building community outreach and brainstorm the next new-new things. Introducing leaders of industry to students, bringing artistic outreach and inclusiveness to the forefront, are just a couple of ideas for our speaker series. Hosted at Holt High Schools auditorium this event brand new event will bring talent, excitement and positivity to the community and public.
Showcasing all that is good, and working toward and helping everyone achieve greatness, multi-generational in nature, community collaboration in scope we are going to make a difference. Building a new mindset, hope and a long term future for our local communities, setting the bar high and working together for all of our futures.
You just gotta light the kindling to start the bonfire that can be greatness!
Hope begins with faith, and leadership is enhanced with outreach, it will be all of us together that can make an impact. The time is here and the time is right to become ‘Exceptional’!
Meeting the executives at the CAMC meeting and delivering my “Ignite Your Life” seminar was really a blessing, I thank everyone who attended for their kindness and positive response, and it was wonderful.
Let us all think about all of these issues, because we all can make a difference, we can all be part of the solution. All it takes is faith!
If you would like to continue this conversation, or if you are looking for the spark to light a fire in your organization and people, contact me for availability in speaking to your group or organization.
Get ready because this is a group event and we want everyone to feel included, heard and part of this game changing process, as we say in radio, “stay tuned”!
Let’s change the world together.
We are the ‘SOUL-U-TION’
We are living in the most exciting of times. Where the economic determinism of the MiddleLiving demographic (people 45-75 years) meet what Adam Grant shares in his newest book “Originals” Vuja de.
Vuja de is the reverse of Déjà vu, where we are experiencing something familiar, (in this case retirement), with a fresh perspective that enables us all to grow new insight into an existing or ‘old’ (as Adam Grant wrote) problem.
The aging of America and the world for that matter has put a completely new spin on the 20th century antiquated concept of retirement.
In other words Vuja de!
Economic determinism is a theory that economic relationships (such as being an owner or capitalist, or being a worker or proletarian) are the foundation on which all other social and political arrangements are built. Mix together a population that is living longer, healthier and more robust with entrepreneurship, the time willingness and desire to do something profound we MiddleLiving people hold the keys to the economic engine of change.
Recently I heard a lecture by Stephen Hawking and he talked about information and the burning of an encyclopedia. The question was, do you still have the information contained in the now burned encyclopedia? Some may say no, the book is destroyed and useless. Others on the other hand may say, as Dr. Hawking stated, “Yes, just in a much harder form to derive the information”.
Comparing the 20th century belief of retirement and now the 21st century reality of life is the same as Dr. Hawkings encyclopedia analogy. Same message, a different spin on the information.
The perception of retirement as exciting can be intimidating, but it creates an environment rich with excellent opportunities to create new markets, products and services to be explored and created by newly freed retiree’s.
Just because the 20th century said retirement was supposed to be a certain way, (take your gold watch and go sit on the couch and watch Archie Bunker) does not hold water in the 21st century.
We MiddleLiving people can be catalysts for social change and leadership, for entrepreneurial creative awareness, mentorship and helping, sharing experiences and talent. Look at some of these stats-
- In every single year from 1996 to 2007, Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 had a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than those aged 20-34.
- For the entire period, the 55-64 group averaged a rate of entrepreneurial activity roughly one- third larger than their youngest counterparts.
- These trends seem likely to persist: in the Kauffman Firm Survey, a longitudinal survey of nearly 5,000 companies that began in 2004, two-thirds of firm founders are between the ages of 35 and 54.3
- Additionally, Kauffman research has revealed that the average age of the founders of technology companies in the United States is a surprisingly high 39—with twice as many over age 50 as under age 25.4the know-how to operate a business.
As we all are living longer the statistics point to all of us discovering that living healthy can be a turning point. Look at this-
- In the next ten years, U.S. baby boomers will increase their annual spending on wellness-based services from approximately $200M to $1 trillion (Paul Zane Pilzer, The Next Trillion).
- Americans 55+ are the fastest-growing age group among gym members, up more than 266% since 1987 (IBISWorld).
- 82% of adults aged 50+ who use the Internet research health and wellness information online (Pew and American Life Project).
- Throughout 2012, more than half of U.S. online consumers used fitness electronics, and more than one-third planned on buying a health-related gadget in 2014 (CEA).
MiddleLiving people between the ages of 45 and 75, is a key adjustment period in everyone’s life where change is inevitable, granted.
Reaching this period in our lives is not ‘Mid-Life’, not hardly. Mid-Life is a precursor to the inevitable crisis and is a term that came to become accepted in the 20th century.
It was the beginning of a slow decline into uselessness, it is a completely false belief.
Realizing you are mortal is an opportunity to redefine your life, and with it our living standards, quality of life, financial stability and health, MiddleLiving is a key to ‘Economic Determinism’ in that everything we have done, learned, experienced and developed is our foundation to the next level of a great life.
It is the adjacent possible, the window of opportunity, it is the next new-new thing.
That is if we go for it!
The train named ‘Economic Determinism’ is waiting at the station, are you going to get on board?
Have you ever heard me say “Ignite Your Life“? Stick around because you will!
Anyone for a glass of Vuja de?
You need a primer for your resolution or life change?
One thing you never want to do if you are hiking through the woods and come upon a cave is startle a mama bear and her cubs. It could end very badly!
Using this thought as a launching pad for self-improvement (which is my thing as everyone knows) I hereby Christen the New Year and everyone’s resolutions and accomplishing those goals- “The Mama-Bear Mentality”.
First lets define the characteristics of a mother bear and substitute cubs (babies) with self-improvement, goals, dreams and desires.
To start, she has babies (Goals). She keeps them in quiet places and is always close to her cubs (dreams). She is wary of all animals and is incredibly protective of her cubs (negative influences). She will generally always attack any animal that she believes is a danger to her young babies (staying focused on the end game). Beyond that she teaches her cubs (Life-Long learning) how to survive on their own; how to hunt, fish, and prepares(physical fitness, mental clarity, nutrition) them to leave her and hopefully reach adulthood.
What are the characteristics of a mother bear?
What is she like? What does she do?
Mother bears are affectionate, protective, devoted, strict, sensitive and attentive with their young. Not unlike people, bears can be empathetic, fearful, joyful, playful, social and even altruistic.
Sounds a lot like humans huh!
We are all (bears and humans) individuals and have unique personalities. And we all desire feeling positive and a contributor to society, not some giant narcissistic taker right (unless you are a Grizzly and then you are allowed narcissism because no one is going to mess with you or change that bad ass personality)!
Much like humans mother bears have many very solid qualities and then some, did you know that Bears are fast; (as are human mothers when you mess with her kids), they can run more than 60 kilometers an hour (37 mph) – that’s twice as fast as an Olympic sprinter, (you ever seen a really pissed off mom?). In fact, a bear can outrun a race horse over short distances, but has little endurance (kinda like me, quick for about 10 meters). To put their speed in perspective, bears can run 15 meters per second (50 feet per second). To understand that speed Usain Bolt can cover 12.2 meters per second.
Don’t mess with ‘Mama-Bear’ unless you are looking for trouble!
I want to develop my own ‘Mama-Bear’ mentality. Since self-improvement is the daily objective I have decided to protect my personal objectives. You could also apply this mentality to your new you, whatever you have decided do.
In my ‘Mama-Bear’ mentality being a staunch protector and advocate for my cubs (self-improvement) if any part of my life does not benefit the goal, to the curb with you! Of course everything in moderation and small steps but I think you catch my drift here right. The ‘Mama-Bear’ mentality is all about helping facilitate growth, independence and self-sustaining behaviors that will help in my quality of life and happiness.
How I cope with change and deal with controversy in my life is all on me, and with my new ‘Mama-Bear’ mindset nothing will interfere with my mission. You mess with my cubs (life) and you are in for a big ass whoopin!
As one of my favorite bands (get some on your gym playlist) ‘The Beastie Boys’ sang “You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party”!
Life can be one huge and fun party, you just gotta have the right players on your team! That’s why ‘free-agency’ came to be! Players, yes they can be traded and or released!
So from the ‘Mama-Bear‘ perspective everyone I gotta protect myself, my goals, my dreams, my self-improvement, and I hope you will as well!
(For more hilarity from my boys the “Beastie Boys” here you go!)
Happy New Year
Remember this one? Tone loc, “Funky Cold Medina”