When you're a Boomer, it's bound to happen eventually - someone uses the expression, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." It's meant to slam everything from our lack of technological sophistication (a complete myth) to our desire to start a new career after decades in an existing one (we're doing that daily now).
Well, this week, Boomers everywhere could draw inspiration from the very subject of the quote - an old dog. It seems Stump, a Sussex Spaniel, won Best in Show at the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show. Not only is Stump the first of his breed ever to win the most prestigious award in the dog world; at 10 (70 in dog years), he's also the oldest. (BTW, did you know the Westminister show is the second oldest continuous sporting event in America? Only the Kentucky Derby is older.)
Stump came out of retirement to compete and no doubt some of the young whippersnapper dogs snickered and whispered to one another, "Can you believe this dude? He doesn't belong here! He's washed up already!" Reckon old Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee showed 'em, huh?
I see a lot of parallels between Stump and today's Boomers who are re-entering the workforce or deciding to postpone retirement:
> Neither sees any reason to retire when there's more to be accomplished;
> Even if we've had a health problem or two in the past, it doesn't mean we can't come back stronger than ever and ready to work;
> We're eager to please. We still have a lot to offer and if you give us a chance, we'll show you just how good we can be;
> We don't see what all the hub-bub is about regarding age. Most of us don't even think someone's old until they reach 74. (That's what the Edelman/Strategy One Boomer Insights and Implications Study revealed, anyway.);
> We love adventure travel. Stump plans to travel the world now with the younger pups, something we Boomers love to do too, whether for work or play (and preferably a little of both).
It's worth noting that this was Stump's 51st career "best in show" win, proving once again, 50 doesn't have to be the end of a pro's career - it can just as well be the begining.
I hope Stump rakes in the endorsements. A thumbs up for Stump is a thumbs up for mature workers everywhere!