The ferocious drive, which often can be an obstacle to success, tends to die down as we professionals age.
That phenomenon University of Chicago professor David Galenson researched and described in his 2007 book "Old Masters and Young Geniuses." Frank Lloyd Wright, born in 1867, didn't design Falling Water until 1935.
Some of those over-50 whom I coach tend to blossom as they let go of ambition and focus on discovering and leveraging their strengths. That unlocks creativity.
Even though they may at the time unemployed or have had a lackluster career they are finally able to tap into the source of what can be surprising success.
This pattern may be increasingly the situation in these volatile times. The traditional formulas for success aren't guaranteeing anything, at least not for long. Freed from believing in those, there is little to lose in experimenting.
One oft-laid off player on Wall Street found his talent for entrepreneurship. The current job he landed he hopes will be his last. His plan is to establish an enterprise related to classic cars. That could really take off as a nostalgia seller if Uber achieves its goal of eliminating car ownership.
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“Over-50: Outsmarting Your Comfort Zone” https://over-50.typepad.com/over-50/2018/05/outsmarting-your-comfort-zone-free-book.html
“Over-50: The Four Monsters in the Mind” https://over-50.typepad.com/over-50/2018/04/ageism-bites-.html