New start and restart with 40 and 50 Plus: opportunities for silverback in mid-life

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Listening to the Kassandrarufen from economy and politics, the demographic change floats over us like a sword of Damocles. Our society is getting older - and the youthful offspring are missing. Or is the matter of age simply a matter of perspective? Best of HR –®

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Katharina Daniels Best of HR –®Katharina Daniels worked as a journalist and PR consultant for the Focus, manager magazin, ADAC or the German Social Accident Insurance.


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The young savages with 40 or 50

What is old, what is young? In our society there are different opinions and evaluations about what is old and what is young. And it shows how great the balancing act is - and how varied the range of possibilities.

In political careers, a mid-fortune is still a young poacher, a 30-year-old is considered a “greenhorn”. In the majority of the HR departments, on the other hand, dwindling performance and low flexibility are already attributed to employees or potential applicants in their mid-40s.

The special abilities of the silver ridges

Reason enough to consider the phenomenon of an aging society from the very opposite perspective. The following questions arise:

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  • What have we, who are no longer young and not yet old, with special abilities?
  • What paths are open to us?
  • And how do we succeed in developing and implementing ideas and desires for a very long-term career - and thus also individually - meaningful life?

Time of change

Because with an increasingly higher life expectancy, more and more people want to live beyond the age of so-called retirement from their professional activities.

“Time of upheaval and departure” is what GEO Wissen called this phase in our lives in a 2012 themed magazine. “The change potential of the elderly is immense,” says the New Yorker Professorin Ursula Staudinger im SPIEGEL Interview “Life is a construction site” from August 29.8.2013, XNUMX.

Change concrete

From the very beginning of our lives, we have the opportunity to discover completely new perspectives in many different ways, from dreams that we have perhaps not lived, from our memory-books - and with our experience to new, perhaps surprising ones Life plans.

But after we have answered the question of what opportunities are open to people in midlife, it now becomes specific: How can you use your potential? Because one thing is clear: starting over is not a privilege of young people.

The older the better

It is our experiential knowledge that - cleverly used - empowers us in the middle of the world for the rapid classification of impressions and events - and gives us the power of precise judgment.

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Renowned neuropsychologist Ernst Pöppel puts it on the formula "the older the better". In the middle of our lives, the attention peaks at which our brains are ready to absorb completely new things are further apart than those of the young - Pöppel speaks of the slower metronome.

We combine differently in age

On the other hand, in the wave valleys between two so-called oscillation points, there are greater possibilities of combination for everything that bursts upon us. We process and combine different impressions more sustainably and draw from our experience.

An invaluable advantage when it comes to reorientation. And, in this way, really to achieve the will-forming process, from a first timidly flourishing idea, which could still be possible.

Volotion - with deliberation and intensity

In science, this process is known as volition and means that the truly volitionally gifted person pursues his goal with care and intensity at the same time: "An arrangement of self-regulatory strategies in which explicit action tendencies dominate over pure behavioral impulses" as a study by Management Academy Review formulated (Kehr, H. 2004, 29, 479-499).

In this will-forming process, the willingness to change reflects on his current situation, embarks on the introspection of his abilities, qualities and motives, and creates a landscape of ideas, which could now be possible - in order to decide on a goal.

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From will to implementation

A very big, important step in this “career” of will. Now the step in the implementation is only a small one.

This process can be learned and especially people in the middle of life can draw on the abundance of their already lived life and their judgment in the important balancing processes. The decisive one Impuls for the implementation of the careful planning, the author Harald Martenstein may have realized that "what does not happen now will never happen again".

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