LeadU presents Fifty-five and Alive Encore


Fifty-five and Alive Encore

"Encore Stage" has been coined by Marc Freedman who’s authored, The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife. It refers to those of us who are getting older but are not yet old, comparable, I think, to what you’re calling the "55 and alive" stage that hasn’t yet been embraced as a discrete life stage.

Some of you know, I wrote about this stage as an economical stage that was missed by Demographers in calculating the spending habits based on age cohorts. It fits right where the red box is drawn on this rendition of a Harry Dent Slide.  I’m sure I’ve violated something, but hopefully won’t pick up the karma, smiley.

[I haven’t discovered yet whether good deeds alleviates bad karma, I guess that was answered by "…man doesn’t get to heaven through good works, eh… I wonder if that applies to the backdoor, hmmm] Ephesians 2:8-9 it reads “for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.”

55 and alive

Ok, here’s the rational for 55 and alive…

If we live to be 100 (natural is probably 120 x, y, and z lifestyle and epigenetic conditioning)… and we don’t have enough to retire, for various reasons, then we can’t any longer abide by the Dent Effect shown in that chart…

NOW, the question is, what does this cohort look like in terms of spending?  Is it going to continue to spend more as would be expected… and that is most likely the real argument.  But here’s my rational for yes for a time in transition… and then Seneca’s curve depicted around 70, rather than 50; because as you know, 70 will be the new 50, smiley (using 120 of course)….

We’re already at 87-89, and it’s climbing as averages are affected by longevity, and less by epigenesist, aggravated by SES, IMHO, as the rising tide of technology lifts all demographic boats… the real kicker is bacteria.  Are they going to allow it… hmmm. [Did you see that note that they found bacteria at the bottom of the Mariana’s Trench now that is deep! smiley]

I think it’s going to be great to watch what happens to us, and once we realize we won’t/can’t/shouldn’t RETIRE, what will we do?

Helpful Hint: Figuring out what your being, doing, having, becoming, and contribution are in this stage of life is going to be a real interesting proposition @F-L-O-W… and why not!

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    Mike R. Jay is a developmentalist utilizing consulting, coaching, mentoring and advising as methods to offer developmental scaffolding for aspiring leaders who are interested in being, doing, having, becoming, and contributing… to helping people have lives.

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