Talkin’ About My Generation
Talkin’ about My Generation are words from the hit song “My Generation” by the English rock band The Who, first released in 1965 and which became one of their most recognisable songs.
Remember the words:
“People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Just because we get around (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
This is my generation
This is my generation, baby” and so on.
Well, the song kept going around in my head the other day and it got me to thinking about my generation – The Baby-Boomers. Baby boomers were born between the years 1946 and 1965, during the demographic post World War II baby boom.
As a group, we have been considered to be the wealthiest, most active, and most physically fit generation of our time. We also grew up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time.
Now approaching or having retired, we will be bringing a range of life experiences and expectations that are overwhelmingly different from those of previous generations. We are the first generation to face the new ‘third age’, bringing unprecedented expectations including a long and healthy retirement.
Individuals, employers and governments, are becoming increasingly aware that our retirement from the workforce will have a major bearing on economic and social well-being, long into the future.
My generation is also one that is questioning the retirement paradigm.
Not happy with a gold watch and few short years to our expiry date, we are looking down the barrel up to an extra forty years before our demise. That’s an awful lot of doing nothing if you don’t have something worthwhile in mind for your so called retirement years. After all, just how much golf, bowls and travel do you really want to do for this long, assuming of course that this is affordable.
In our time, we fought hard to bring about reasonable working hours with fair pay for all and a health system available to all. Now today we see it being whittled away. We introduced systems to see to it that people were looked after during their retirement, but due to government ineptitude and financial market incompetence, not to mention that we are living so much longer, many have been left out in the cold for the duration of their retirement.
The reality of the 21st century is that pensions and superannuation funds are not going to cut it for the majority of boomers and those to follow. Like our forefathers before the mid eighteen hundreds, most of us are going to be required to work for the entirety of our lives.
So these seem to be our choices: 1) Retire and struggle if we don’t have sufficient finance in place. 2) Don’t retire. 3) Get another job, if possible. 4) Start our own traditional business. 4a) Buy a franchise 5) Start your own home based business – more commonly recognised as a Network Marketing opportunity.
This last option, your own home-based, network marketing business has many advantages –
1) Low start-up cost. Typically less than five hundred dollars.
2) Work for yourself, but not by yourself.
3) Be part of a team.
4) Full training is usually provided.
5) You get to work the hours you choose, from very part time to full time participation.
6) You get to make a worthwhile contribution and play a valuable role in society.
7) You choose your remuneration by the effort you expend.
8) Develop a recurring or royalty type income for life.
9) Build the lifestyle you want with the money and the time to enjoy it!
10) Be involved and “die before I get old”.
Many of my generation, I believe are again going to step to the fore and show the way to the future by providing for themselves and those they love in an ethical way by means of the network marketing model.
Would you like to know how you can create your own independent, rewarding and well paid lifestyle business? If so, you can give me a call on +61 428 242 918, or +61 7 5427 9618. Or email, firstname.lastname@example.org I really would welcome the opportunity to talk with you.
Ron and Sue