When Leonard Nimoy left us earlier this year, the whole world mourned the passing of a beloved cultural icon. Even though he originally played Spock, the unemotional Vulcan, for a mere three years during the original TV run of Star Trek, he used it as a launching pad to explore a wide spectrum of interests.What few people realize is that he was also a mold-breaking role model for active and productive living beyond age 65. In 2002, at the age of 71, he published his ninth collection of poetry.
When he was 75, he produced Shekhina, the first of three fine-art collections of his photography. Even after he announced his “retirement” in 2010, he continued to do narration and voice work into his early 80’s, as well as putting in one last appearance as Spock in the rebooted Star Trek series.
Today, there is a seismic societal shift in attitudes towards growing older. If you are exploring possibilities for life in your senior years, you can join Leonard Nimoy in being an agent of change and an example of reaching the mythical retirement age and becoming more, not less, productive.
Entrepreneurial activity has been at its highest in the 55-64 age bracket for about a decade now. As a matter of fact, those aged 55 or over are starting businesses at a much higher rate that the 20-30 demographic. One AARP survey revealed that one in twenty workers who are 50+ and already employed planned on starting their own business, while one in five unemployed 50+ workers had similar aspirations.
Why Seniors Make Excellent Entrepreneurs:
1. Deep skill sets.
2. New perspectives on start-ups.
3. Networks already in place.
If you want to live long and prosper, remember Leonard Nimoy’s words: “That is the exploration that awaits you! Not mapping stars and studying nebula, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.” Don’t be afraid to pick a dream and boldly go where no senior has gone before!