That's what he claims in the biography "Captain Fantastic" by Tom Doyle.
Proof of that, Elton John claims, is that no American radio station will play his latest album "Wonderful Crazy Night." It has received good reviews.
Not long ago, American singer/actress Madonna made the same kind of claim about music promoters in Britain.
Here is the coverage in the Daily Mail.
Well, as employment lawyer Richard Cohen hammers in this article published on Abovethelaw, ageism is rampant both throughout America and the United Kingdom.
If you are aging and recently searched for a job, contract assignment or new client/customer for your business, you probably have experienced some form of discrimination. And you probably weren't wrong in framing it as due to your age.
But, some of the bias we experience professionally may be our own fault.
The latest creations of Elton John and Madonna may not be aligned with what the current marketplace demands. Success, as it tends to do, might have lulled them into missing the future.
It was Larry Page, chief executive officer of Alphabet, who observed that failure to thrive in business is usually because of not factoring in the future.
Yes, that tired buzzphrase is on the money: The future is now.
Continually in ghostwriting and speechwriting I have to change four things:
- How I market my services
- How I interact with clients, many of whom are 10, 20 or 3o years younger than I am
- How I strategically plan and then create the content
- How I position and package all that for promoting it in diverse market segments. (Increasingly we're requested to participate in content marketing on social media and public relations.)
The raw reality has always been that everything changes. However, in an era shaped by technology the change is faster and wilder.
There are those 40 years old in outplacement centers who can't land work. They simply haven't caught the wave of change.
On the other hand, there are business tycoons in their 80s, like Rupert Murdoch and Warren Buffett, who rarely miss signals of emerging and dying trends.
We go to bed at night and embrace the future in the morning. Yesterday had become irrelevant eight hours before.
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