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Dr. Tom Hill, Successful After Sixty

The following is a re-post of a blog I wrote at the end of February.  If you didn’t see it then, you can enjoy it now.  Dr. Tom Hill definitely embodies someone who is successful after sixty.

At a recent event someone mentioned the name of a man whose book I had read last fall.   Dr. Tom Hill, along with personal friends of mine– John and Elizabeth Gardner, wrote Living at the Summit.  It’s an intriguing book and worth the read.  It’s written like a suspense novel with personal development concepts thrown in.

When I bought the book in the fall, I didn’t know anything about Dr. Tom Hill.  Since then I have learned that he is quite accomplished as a business coach and is a real linchpin today to many entrepreneurs.  The piece I find intriguing about him is that he’s had numerous careers and is in his mid 70’s.

To me this is exciting and gives me more reason to move forward with Sixty Something Now.  There are lots of people who are extremely productive after the age of sixty and that is the purpose and mission of this website and blog.  If we know there are others out there doing great work and making a difference, perhaps that will motivate us to continue with our idea.

You can visit his website by clicking:  Dr. Tom Hill

Who do you know over the age of sixty who is a linchpin?

Eleanor Roosevelt…Certainly Successful After Sixty

Following are quotes of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), which were sent to me by a friend.  There’s an interesting website that contains quotes from numerous people whose names you would recognize.  Click here to link to that site.

As an aside, I feel a special connection to Eleanor Roosevelt.  My first given name is actually Eleanor.   However, my grandfather had blamed FDR for a demise in his business years before, due to some programs the president had created in the country.  Because my parents were living with my maternal grandparents when I was born,  he forbid my mother to call me that name in his house.  She insisted on keeping the name but I’ve never been called that!

Now the quotes:

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.

I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.

It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.

Successful After Sixty

Tuesday is success day.   I recently heard someone talking about Thomas Edison’s success and decided to learn more about him.  After reading the biography of him by Gerry Beals,  I have realized what a success he was through most of his life, even extending on into his 80’s.

Thomas Edison had 1,093 patents in his name by the time he died in 1931 at the age of 84.  The last one he got when he was 83 years old.

He had an interesting life from an early age.  He was born in Ohio and the family moved to Port Huron, MI when Tom was 7 years old.  It was there that he had his only formal education which lasted twelve weeks.  Partly because of his hearing problem and partly because his learning style was different, his mother decided to teach him at home.  It is thought that he probably had some learning disabilities and today would have been categorized as ADHD with drugs administered to subdue him.

Mention was made of his extra large head and wide forehead.  There is no question that he thought about things in a very different way and had a unique learning style.  Between the ages of 12-14, he had read numerous classics and other significant books.

Thomas Edison was extremely industrious as a young boy and was creating quite a good income very early on.  One life lesson he learned after his first invention, the Electronic Vote Recorder, which was denigrated by the politicians, is that you need to create and invent things that people want.  Hmmm…Marketing 101.

One of the things mentioned in this biography is that Edison ‘seemed driven by a superhuman desire to fulfill the promise of research and invent things to serve mankind‘.  Only in the late 1920’s did he slow down a little, due to some health challenges.

What an inspiring person.  Personally, I’ve never spent much time studying him before, but after reading about all of his inventions, I realize we have him to thank for so much more than just the light bulb.  This information came from his website.  Wow, having a website in your name after you’ve been gone almost eighty years, now that’s a well-deserved tribute!