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Having success after sixty.

How Do You View Life?

How do you view life?  You know, the concept that we are given this one opportunity to create our earthly experience.

Are you optimistic about your life?  Do you feel that you have control, for the most part, over your life’s path?

A number of years ago, I sat through a 4 session course given by a PhD psychologist, about the power of our words for our life.  She explained that our self-talk and/or our outward verbalization/interpretation of things we experience, impacts our lives greatly.  Do we verbalize negativity about a situation we are experiencing?  Not a good thing!

We need to view life the way we want to experience it.  If our life is not perfect, how could we view it in more positive ways?  What can we do to create the life we want?

Have you ever thought in terms of creating your life the way you want it?  If you have not, consider this now.  We are in control of our life.  We can do whatever we decide to do.  And we can do it now!

This is the time.  This is not a dress rehearsal.  This is the gift we have been given.  How do you view your life?  If you are not happy, now is the time to change that.  Now!  Do it now!


The Way We Were

Memories, lyrics and music by Marvin Hamlisch and originally sung by Barbra Streisand, is one of my all time favorites.  It is the song I think of whenever I think of Marvin Hamlisch, the prolific composer.  The movie, The Way We Were with Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, to me is synonymous with with this song.

As you are probably aware, Marvin Hamlisch died suddenly on August 6th after a brief illness.  He was 68 years old.  Unbelievable!  Such a gifted person!

Here is an article that contains detailed information about the life and accomplishments of Marvin Hamlisch.

Three Oscars, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards over four decades of his life.  Wow!  That’s real accomplishment!

Personally I was astonished at the number of familiar songs listed in the article, written by Marvin Hamlisch.  Perhaps you will be surprised too.

Marvin Hamlisch certainly belongs here at Success After Sixty, as he was continuing his career and had future engagements and projects scheduled.

What is your favorite song written by this gifted composer?

Worry Less And Live More…

LegalShieldWorry Less and Live More.  This is the new branding for the company I’ve been with for the past nine years.  The company is over 40 years old not 60.  However, many people over 60 have great success with this company.  It’s a great company to represent and a much needed service that we offer.

This is a short promo of the three television commercials that have recently been introduced into four test markets–Charlotte, Denver, Phoenix, and San Diego.  Bill boards in Phoenix and Charlotte.  Exciting times for us.  The company has never advertised before…forty years of word of mouth.  Things were good, now we believe they will go to GREAT!

If you know of anyone who is curious about what we do and what we offer, let me know.

A Detroit Success

Diana Lewis has been a local network news staple since the middle 70s.  When I moved to Detroit in 1981, I watched Diana Lewis on the 11:00 news on Channel 7, our ABC station.  (Those were the days that I still watched local news.)  She was also on in the early evening.  She was the face of news broadcasting in Detroit.

A few years back Diana Lewis introduced her daughter Glenda Lewis, who got a position on Channel 7 as well.  Not to replace her Mother, Glenda had the weekend gig.  Two totally professional images of Detroit.

Recently Diana Lewis announced that she is stepping down in October.  Until I heard an interview, I didn’t know that she is 69 years old.  Wow!  What a great role-model for women.

Here is an article from the Detroit News about the announcement.

Remember the Rocky movies?  Diana Lewis appeared in the original Rocky, portraying a reporter using her own name.  Interesting.  According to the article she did some other non-news reporting things as well.

What a great success of a career Diana Lewis has had.  According to what she says, she’s only leaving the front of the camera.  She will still be active with charity work and other meaningful activities around town.

Four Assumptions

Last week, Stephen Covey died of complications of a bicycle accident a few months ago.  He was 79 years old.  I’m sure you are aware that he is the author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which was a best seller and sold over 20 million copies.

Stephen Covey will be remembered by many for his contributions to the business world and also to family relationships.  So many of his business concepts translate to the family unit.

He will be missed.

Due to new technology like YouTube, we have Stephen Covey on this video talking about The Four Assumptions for life.  This one is from a few years back and of course, relevant forever!

You can check out YouTube for other Covey videos.  I like to keep short what I post here, so sometimes it seems like it gets cut abruptly.

Champions Not Seniors

The Champions Tour of PGA used to be the Seniors Tour.  Wow!  I like this name so much better.  How about you?  I’m not sure when they changed the name, but it’s been a while.

This past week the 2012 U.S. Senior Open took place at Indianwood Country Club in Lake Orion, Michigan.  Like the U.S. Open, this is hosted by the USGA, not the PGA.

If you are a non-golfer, you may be confused about the names.  If you are a golfer, you may also be confused about the names.  It’s taken me a while, but the PGA is for professional golfers.  The pros under 50 years old play in these events and the Champions Tour for professionals over 50 years of age.

The USGA is the United States Golf Association.  They create the rules, update them and do many other golf-related things that I’m sure I’m not aware of.  They also host the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open.  I guess they decided to continue with ‘Senior’ in the name of this event.

Here is an article from the Detroit Free Press about this event of last week.

This is a video clip of Tom Watson, who played in this event.  The first couple minutes of this press interview, he reveals that he spent his summers on Walloon Lake in northern Michigan.  Interesting, I had not heard that before.

Tom Watson is in his early sixties and looks great.  We attended this event on Friday.  It was fun to see so many of the players we’ve seen for years on TV or at the PGA events in which they played for years.



Andy Griffith Remembered

Remember Andy Griffith?  The actor and the show of the same name?  Of course by now you have heard that actor Andy Griffith passed away July 3rd apparently of a heart attack.  He was 86 years old.

When I first heard the news, I immediately thought of him in The Andy Griffith Show with Ron Howard, Don Knotts and the other various interesting characters.  As I was reading about it, I realize that I was actually a teenager when it was aired.  I know I didn’t watch it every week, but enough to get what was going on.  It was just so iconic!

I remember Ron Howard growing up on the show and I remember acquiring a liking for the character of Don Knotts, after a season or two.

Here is a video, one of many to be found online about Andy Griffith and the show that was a ‘one of a kind’.  We probably didn’t fully appreciate it at the time for the pureness of the characters and story-line.  Actually at the time as a teenager, I believe I found it a bit corny!

Andy Griffith also starred in Matlock for a while in the 80’s and into the 90’s, but for me, I’ll always remember him as the Sheriff of Mayberry.  What about you?  Were you a fan of Andy Griffith?

Great Concepts

This was written a while back and I thought it was worth a repost.  These concepts are timeless.


The main reason and motivation I had for creating Sixty Something Now was to allow people in our demographic to learn about what is going on with others.  Who is having success?  Who is creating what they would like to have now?  How are they doing it?

Over the past couple days, I attended a business event where I got some really wonderful nuggets that apply to this concept and wanted to share them.  I would imagine that there are many people who will read this and will resonate with these ideas.  For some these may be new.  But perhaps for many of us, as it was with me this weekend, a good reinforcement of some pretty down-to-earth philosophies.

Question:  What is the secret to succeeding?  Answer:  Get up one more time than you fall down.

Question:  What do I need to do and how long will it take to be successful?  Answer:  Do whatever it takes for as long as it takes.

Question:  What will be the cost (financial, emotional, etc.) of doing something to create my next success and what if I don’t succeed?  Answer:  There’s a cost to doing it and a cost to not doing it.

The gentleman presenting at this event is in our demographic (sixty something) and used a thought-provoking comment relative to the idea of being successful now, for people like us.  Yes, you are at whatever age you are now.  But in two years will you not be two years older, whether or not you jumped in to accomplish something new, continued along your path to success or… did you just choose to sit by and do nothing?



Just A Little Further

This was written some time ago, but it is worth the read.  Great lesson.


“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”  Napole0n Hill wrote this in his classic Think and Grow Rich.

Have you read this important book?  If not, I would highly recommend it.  It was written many years ago and has been suggested as must-reading by every personal development expert I’ve ever heard.  Not only that, but some friends and associates of mine, as well as people I’ve met through networking have indicated they have gained insight from it.  And these are people who don’t necessarily know or care much about personal development.

What are you working on that perhaps you are feeling up against a wall about?  What project are you ready to quit because it is not going as well as you thought it might at this point?  Well, maybe it’s time to get back to it and see how you can get it done and complete the task or project.  Maybe it’s time to look at your project from another view.

A week or so ago, I wrote about Thomas Edison.  He had lots of inventions, but the light bulb was apparently a bit of a challenge.  Edison had a great outlook.  Apparently, he was being interviewed about the success that he finally had with it.  When asked about the 1,000 failures he had on his way to being successful, he replied that he had not had failure, only success in the 1,000 experiments to learn how not to make the light bulb.  Now that’s a mindset!

Napoleon Hill had some amazing concepts in Think and Grow Rich, but the concept of taking that one more step that may lead to your success just makes sense, especially today when we have so many things available to get done what we need to do.

What is that one more step you need to take?


How do you relate to these concepts?

Oldest College Graduate

With graduation season upon us, I was checking for something about an older person graduating.

Well, this story is about the oldest college graduate.  Thought you might find it amusing and amazing.

Who do you know who is graduating from college?  How old are they?  O.K.  That’s rhetorical.  And…  How many of us who are ‘older’, tend to think we are too old for ...whatever...

We are whatever age we are…  And whatever we want to do…  The years will pass and we get to be that much older.  Now what?  What if we decided early, to become the person we wanted to be and we got started.  What a great concept!