Thursday, July 1, 2010

David Harder A GREAT AGE

David Harder

My greatest fear in today's economic landscape is that too many American workers will give up their hopes, dreams and aspirations. A recent Towers Watson survey indicates that over 70% of American workers are hunkering down and planning to stick to their old jobs. That same reputable firm put out figures that over 80% of our workers don't like their jobs! By lowering our personal expectations, we also lower the productivity, innovations and standards of the workplace. There will be many essays to come on this topic. Let's take one selection at a time.

In the months ahead, let's examine a few of the myths / beliefs that get in the way of career/work/employment satisfaction. Some of us are holding onto mediocre jobs because we believe we're too old to change. Some of us end up in that terrible place because when we were kids, we went for, "it's just a job." Now we are fifty and sixty and we need to change! What happens to those kids that pursued their dreams? What happens when they make it to the top? Do they quit for mandatory retirement? Broadcast journalism has certainly been accused of ageism. Let's look at the evidence:

Morley Safer - 79 Morley is an integral part of 60 Minutes for decades. At almost 80, we still find Mr. Safer in flack jackets in the battlefield with a childlike curiosity that makes him such an interesting journalist to watch.

Diane Sawyer - 64 America's class act! How many women become world news anchors in their sixties and boost the ratings?

Barbara Walters - 80 She will be holding the mike when asking, "How do you feel about the end of the world?"
Christian Amanpour - 52 Yes, in this crowd, 52 is a toddler, but she's aged twice as quickly by bringing middle east terrorism into our living rooms.
Anderson Cooper - 43 Because you can see he loves it and you know he will still be here at 100.
Bob Simon - 69 Engaging in news stories as if he was 40.
Dan Rather - 79 The gold standard of in your face reporting. (In comparison, Geraldo's a 67 year old thug)
Katie Couric - 53 Shows her colon, gets mud slung on her ratings, Katie has whatever it takes to get 90 - gracefully.

Charlie Rose 65 Does 65 with greater vitality then many 40 year olds.
Brian Williams - 51 Will be with us for fifty-one more years.
Charlie Gibson - 67 The grandfather of 60 minutes.
Andy Rooney - 91 Hasn't he been 91 since the beginning of time?
Walter Cronkite - 93 Walter quit in 1980 and said, "I regretted it within twenty-four hours and for the rest of my life." What would have been if he stayed on the air?
Betty White - 88 She's not a journalist but what 88 year old can talk about her muffin on Saturday Night Live?
The point of today's essay is do something that you love and do it well.

 It is never too late to find something that you love and to also do it well. If you have that, you will be vital!

All the best,
David Harder

President & Founder, Inspired Work
(310) 277-4850

THE INSPIRED WORK PROGRAM has led over 35,000 participants into vital, rewarding, successful and engaging relationships with their work - all within two days.

In 1990, Inspired Work developed a philosophy that work is the biggest relationship we have. We spend most of our waking hours getting ready for, driving to, being at, driving home and recovering from work. Twenty years ago, we defined the learnable skills that would allow anyone to have a wonderful relationship with their work. We created a Socratic curriculum and in just two-days you walk out of the room with insights about your purpose, your life's work, how to best package yourself and seven life skills that lead to success with all professionals. To date, over 35,000 participants have used the program to create new and re-newed work lives:

"Remarkably, self-knowledge emerged and I left the program with a renewed lie purpose. I highly recommend The Inspired Work Program with my personal testimonial as well as having

witnessed the transformation of each participant in the program."
- Erica Phillips, Award-winning costume designer

"Now I know why I am here. I have a clear-cut focus with short and long-term objectives. I feel empowered, liberated, resourceful and confident."
- Anne Chen, Sony Pictures Entertainment

"My wife left an executive position she held for 23 years - it was her only employer. The Inspired Work Program gave her the confidence to define and find a position more fulfilling, exciting and

profitable than ever. Anyone who wants to get the most out of their ought to run - not walk to this program. The insights are that powerful."
- Barnet Bain - President, Metafilmics

We can take you to a place where you can see how to be successful and happy with every important aspect of your work!
We will show you how to do the work you love successfully!

We guarantee you will solve that problem about work that has bothered you for a long time!

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