How Being "Old" Makes Me More Successful

When we were in our 20s and 30s we had
many advantages in life. Do I need to list them all? I don’t think so. We are
very aware of those advantages… both the real ones and the imagined.

But, as we age, we begin to realize
(hopefully) that with all the disadvantages of growing older there are many,
MANY advantages that come along with it as well.

When I was “let go” from my job at the
age of 48, I was finding it hard to remember those supposed MANY advantages of
getting older.

After all, I was a middle-aged,
over-weight (not that THAT had anything to do with anything – just thought I’d
add it here), unemployed secretary that had no idea of what the next step
should be.

To say that I was scared and
directionless would be an understatement.

Fortunately, I quickly found out about
working as a Virtual Assistant, also known as V.A.

A Virtual Assistant is basically what
I had been doing for over 20 years as an Administrative Assistant, but it’s
done in a remote location (i.e., home office, while traveling, or maybe in a
coffee shop somewhere) and normally as a freelancer.

And, even better, I found out about working as a Virtual Assistant when
you’re a “more mature” person

In the Physical Office

My age in the physical office was
always evident. And, even though I take good care of my skin and am not overly
concerned with the thought of my aging (in fact, I feel blessed to have lived
to get to this age) – others do have perceptions about it.

My FACE told others that I may not be:

  • As
    quick and efficient with social media.
  • Very
    technologically savvy.
  • Fast
    enough up and down the staircase.
  • Using
    words that were considered “cool.”

Whether these things were true is not
the point. It was the perception – at least in my mind.

In the Virtual Office

Working in a virtual world changed all
of that.

  • The
    skills I had gathered over the last 20+ years were the things that shined.
  • I
    could predict patterns from my office experience and be proactive with those
    patterns instead of reactive.
  • I
    could work faster than others and give input at the same time because I’d done
    it all before.

The look of my aging face meant
nothing to my clients. It was all about how well I was performing the work.


Working virtually actually evened the
playing field for me.

Because I spoke as someone with
wisdom, confidence, and knowledge, my rates were higher than those that weren’t
able to speak of such experience.

My client connections were strong and
long – because I knew the value of finding the right clients and working hard
to keep them.

And, I loved every minute of my new
job. That is a sure win-win.

What could be better than that?


Well… except… maybe the feeling that I
now had an advantage over those “youngins” back in the office.

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What advantages do older people have
in a work setting? Do you work with people younger than you? How do they look
at you? How would you like them to look at you? Would you consider working
remotely from a home office? Please share your thoughts with our sisters!