This past week I was given a gift. I attended and spoke at a virtual summit called Age without Borders. It was 7 days with 7 speakers per day on different topics related to aging across the globe. There were academics, entrepreneurs, young tech innovators and many others with years of wisdom and experience.
In the book the 100 year life by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott they predict a change in our lives. Much of this change is driven by technology which is causing us to re-consider what life may look like for us in the future and definitely how it will impact future generations. We slowly see the changes happening but often don’t step back to understand what this means and how we personally need to transform.
Life in the 20th century was more linear. We went to school and university (if we were lucky to do do), started working, married, had children, retired and died. Technology is playing havoc with this linear process and we need to understand the impact, what we need to do about it and how this can be a gift we need to experience. One of the biggest gifts is longevity. We are all living longer than previous generations. At the current retirement age we often feel young enough to want to continue to work and play for another season. This too is a gift of technology.
The innovation of the internet has changed so much about how we connect, communicate and work. It has opened up conversations about nomad and remote workers. It allows us to connect with almost anyone, anywhere on the planet. This changes our perspective and opens up many new opportunities.
Learning is now something we can do in any season of life. It opens us up to global speakers, universities and books delivered via an EReader. We can engage in webinars and group conversations via the web. We can coach and learn from any part of the globe.
The challenge with this gift is time and being sure about what we are passionate about. It will take time to experiment, engage and try many things. We need to fail at some of them to understand what we don’t want. We need to learn about setting boundaries and focusing on the things that matter to us. This too will be different, depending on what season of life you are in.
My challenge in coaching and in discussions with many over 50 is that I see so many settling for retirement in an old paradigm. They do not want to engage in new conversations, learn new technology and open up this gift into their lives. We can enjoy the travel, grandchildren and hobbies and still have time for learning. The learning can be in any area of interest or passion. You can engage and connect with others who share your joy. Learning at its best combines a mixture of on-line and off- line interaction. It starts with knowing who you are and what you care about and at the same time taking the risk of learning some new technology that will open these doors.
The gift I received this past week has opened up new conversations and connections. Has helped me solve some challenges I have with building my business in this space as well as a richness of listening to wisdom and love from around the globe about a subject I care about. What about you?