“Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep going.” – Ivan Hall
Winston Churchill wrote that he never thought of retirement. Indeed, England called him to be the wartime Prime Minister during the greatest crisis in its history. He was 65 years old and led his country to victory. Interestingly, his party forced him to retire when he was in his forties. But he continued to work by writing articles and serving in the backbench of Parliament. The people forced him to retire after the war, but he persevered and became Prime Minster later in his life.
Most people have many productive years left after retirement, but you have to want to overcome the “youth movement” and age discrimination. You need to decide on what to do with the rest of your life. You will have the time to start a new career, lead a different lifestyle and enjoy numerous successes.
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Is Retirement the Gateway to a Life of Action or a Life of Isolation?
Seniors aren’t content anymore to accept the gold watch and then be delegated to a life of isolation. It might be fun and relaxing for a while, but eventually boredom sets in and it becomes difficult to spend the days in forced nothingness.
After the travel and the honey-do projects, spending time with family and friends – and don’t forget sleeping in – you can become so bored and inactive that depression can set in, changing your health and outlook on life.
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My Personal Experience After Retirement
When I retired early due to my vision and hearing loss which made working as an Audiologist difficult, I decided to pursue a new career writing grants, blogs, and content for clients. I am glad technology exists to allow me to work from home and have more time to spend with my wife and dog. My wife and friends serve as editors and advisors to my writing. The last five years has been exciting and fulfilling. There is never a dull moment in my life!
But retirement can be a very active and exciting time for seniors. Rather than finding a job, which can confine you to certain hours of the day, think about starting an online business.
Start a Home-Based Online Business
Online businesses can be very rewarding, both financially and intellectually. You set your own hours and supplement your retirement income nicely from an online business when done properly.
Don’t worry if you feel technically challenged. There are many universities, colleges and online courses that offer specially designed courses for seniors on everything from computer programming to simply getting to know your computer.
A Purpose to Your Life
You’ll be learning a new and exciting way to fill the hours of the day with project planning and marketing that will not only boost your income, but will provide a way to keep your brain power sharp.
The intellectual challenges you face now can turn into incredible opportunities in the future. You will be challenging your brain to stay active and delay the effects of memory loss.
Starting an Online Business with Little or No Cash
Learning about available opportunities on the Internet can provide you with a boost in income that can be stimulating and profitable – and with very little startup costs. If you have a computer and know how to use the Internet, you can start your own business.
Not only will you have extra money – but you’ll have the added satisfaction of building and growing your own business. It’s easy to become overwhelmed when beginning anything new.
But if you keep yourself motivated by joining blogs and other ways of keeping in touch with seniors just like you, such as social media groups, you’ll soon master the strategies of making money on the Internet and be on your way to a new and exciting life-after-retirement.
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How To Expand Your Network On LinkedIn
“My golden rule of networking is simple: Don’t keep score.” –Harvey MacKay
LinkedIn members have access to the following:
- Have the chance to connect with decision makers
- Conduct research
- Display their experience
- Solicit recommendations
- Establish themselves as experts in their field
- Increase their reach to new customers
By seeking out the right connections and asking to be introduced to new connections, you can increase your contacts exponentially.
You should think of LinkedIn as an online “Chamber of Commerce” networking meeting. Accordingly, your LinkedIn profile and activity should be conducted like you are at a business meeting. The people you meet here care about what you can do for them to make their business or themselves better.
In order to expand your reach, use the tools that LinkedIn provides such as:
- Company pages
- Share articles
- Share posts
- Share videos and slideshows
This will give you the opportunity to virtually interact with the most people who may become valuable connections. Unlike other social networks, it’s important to be more choosey about who you connect with. You can help by:
Crafting a Compelling Profile
- Include your best “head and shoulder” picture
- Fill out the profile completely
- Develop a strong headline
- Develop a summary of your background
- Even include your business related extracurricular activities
- Include your community and charity activities.
- Remember to use keywords in every part of the profile
- Choose bullets and lists over long sentences
- Allow for plenty of white space
- Include various forms of information such as links to presentations, PDF files, videos and more.
Create a Company Page
If you have a business, create a company page on LinkedIn. This will give you a chance to showcase what your business does without showcasing yourself. LinkedIn allows you to include:
- PDF files or “white papers” to describe and demonstrate what your business does.
You can also use paid LinkedIn advertising to promote your business page.
Join Groups Strategically
Groups on LinkedIn offer an extraordinary opportunity to establish your expertise. Once people see you as an expert in your niche they’ll start asking to connect to you.
Within Groups on LinkedIn, once you join, you can contribute to discussions, and start discussions. You can even create your own niche group in order to go even further with establishing your expertise.
Join relevant groups that consist of your target audience and groups sponsored by your competition to learn from their expertise as well.
Expanding your network on LinkedIn is almost as simple as just asking to be introduced, but do make sure that your profile is perfected before you get too active.
I can help you develop a great profile that will assist your readers to get to know, like, and trust you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s start a conversation.
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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Using LinkedIn
“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” –Oscar Wilde
Do you want to ensure failure on LinkedIn? Here are four essential steps to ensure your LinkedIn profile will not attract attention from anybody at anytime.These steps are the best way I know to ensure failure and destroy your presence in cyberspace.
LinkedIn is a powerful networking community of professionals. It’s much easier to screw up on LinkedIn than on Facebook or Twitter. Sharing your child’s potty habits seems to be the norm on Facebook. LinkedIn though, is not like that. It’s a place to share professional updates and information about your industry. It is not a place to debate politics, or discuss your hangover.
Here are four mistakes to avoid when using LinkedIn:
- Please Do Not Use a Fake Name
LinkedIn is a repository for your professional life. The worst thing you can do is to be anonymous. I know there is a lot of concern about people getting private information about you off the Internet, but this is not the place to worry about that.
On LinkedIn, being found is the name of the game. If you do not use your real name, the one you use at work and in business, you will not be found. If people find out later that your real name is different, you’ll lose trust.
In addition, you will want to ask for endorsements and recommendations from former colleagues and you can’t do that if they don’t know who you are. You must be authentic on the LinkedIn network in order to make it fruitful. If you cannot do that, and be yourself, you may as well not join.
- Avoid Using a Terrible Picture or Posting No Picture
Your photo on LinkedIn is a graphic representation of your most professional self. It’s okay if you work at home in your PJ’s, but on LinkedIn, its important to try to capture a good close up image of your face (what you have on won’t matter).
People want and need to see your eyes, nose and mouth. It’s how colleagues will recognize you, and how new people will react to you. First impressions count!
Avoid images common on Facebook. This is not a dating site, a beachwear showcase, or displaying your team’s sportswear. Facebook demands creativity to attract attention and the background is almost as important as the person in the picture.
On LinkedIn, it is your face that matters and the background is not noticeable. You can use your camera on the computer or smart phone to take a close up picture and then post it to your profile.
- Do Not Create a Half-Hearted Profile
Some people join LinkedIn and are so overwhelmed by the profile that they skip parts or just never finish it. The profile is key to:
- Your ability to connect with others
- Obtain recommendations for work that you’ve done
- Provide the social proof that shows you as the hardworking professional that you are.
Fill out all aspects of the profile that you can and then take note of the parts you’ve not completed. Find ways to fill out the profile completely. Why? Because your profile’s goal is to have people know, like and trust you. Without trust, they will not contact you.
Wait! There is hope. You can develop a powerful profile that will attract people to your profile and begin the process to get to know, like and truat you.
I can help you develop a great profile that will generate attention and leads. You can contact me below, on LinkedIn, or by email at email@example.com.
- Non Participation Can Kill You
Ok, you created your profile. You jumped in by connecting with current and former colleagues. Now you must participate in the discussion.
You can do this by offering information to discussions on LinkedIn groups. You can also read articles posted by your connections with your comments. LinkedIn is social media such as Facebook, so you can “like” and “share” updates from others. This is a great way to build trust and promote reciprocity.
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