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Nine Cruel Truths About Most Industries for Older Workers

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I cannot tell you how many calls and emails I get from industry people who are so stressed out and concerned about things that have not happened yet. There are certain things that we must all face about the industry that we LOVE to make our lives and careers easier…click “next” above or below—————————–

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We MUST Know When to Move On

Some of us will wait until hell freezes over to make a move that we should have made 10 years ago. I see it all the time. It’s called Denial. People won’t accept the fact that it’s just time to move on and do something else. They cling to what once was and wait for opportunities that no longer exist or that 300 other people are waiting for and in that time there is so much more they could be doing. Everyone that I know of that has been hired in the industry recently was caught by surprise and/or someone approached them. We have to face the fact that if we have not worked in the last couple of years, it’s CERTAINLY time to think about doing something else. —————————–

We Think it will Last Forever

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I was having a conversation with an entrepreneur yesterday about doing business in the industry. He was congratulating me on having such a great handle on radio and being successful with Radio Facts. I told him I’ve worked hard and I am thrilled that I’m on top right now but I’d be a DAMN fool to think things will always be this way, which is why I am constantly introducing new product and reinventing Radio Facts and separating myself from the pack. Enough about me and Radio Facts, how does this apply to you? Understand we are indeed in control of our own destinies if we CONTROL OUR OWN DESTINIES. If we leave it in someone else’s hands we will ALWAYS be disappointed. So while things may be GREAT for you now this is not the time to relax it’s the time to WORK. Plan for your future, invest and prepare for those lean times because in this industry that we love THEY ARE COMING! —————————–

We Turn our Backs on Those No Longer Working

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I used to be SO insulted when people did this to me. I hear people all the time at the labels and radio stations say they just dont’ have time to deal with former industry people. The main reason cited is former industry people want to reminisce and then ask for help. Is this wrong? No and yes… read the next section to find out why…. —————————–

We are forced to realize it’s a business FIRST

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Yes my industry brethren and sistrens. We are immature and foolish if we think the world revolves around us when we are not able to bring anything to the table and contribute but we are only coming with our hands out. I know it sounds cruel and mean but the favor that you did someone 20 years ago has probably been repaid 20 times. In addition, someone has done YOU a favor and could very well be complaining about YOU not returning the favor. People working in the industry are trying to keep their OWN damn jobs and remain relevant. This is an incredibly stressful industry that has been cut by more than half since 2000. People have to progress forward instead of looking back in order to keep coming back… to work. Why not call an old acquaintance with an idea that can help you BOTH. —————————–

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