The world needs a new word to describe aging people because technology means we gain more from experience then they lose from age. The learn earn retire society is dead. Long live active full lives.
There is no reason for most people to retire and there are a multitude of reasons why our careers beyond 65 should be pinnacle careers.
But we do not have a word that describes this population who are now in a superior position to serve.
We need a neologism to enhance the social dialogue.
Wikipedia.org defines Neologism: A neologism is a newly coined term, word, or phrase, that may be in the process of entering common use, but has not yet been accepted into mainstream.
I have asked readers for suggestions and we have many. Keep them coming. Please review and scatter the one you like to the universe.
Vote for Your Favorite
Send me the word you like best that describes people in or near what are considered retirement years who are totally capable of serving and earning in a fulfilling, fun, important way.
Here are the ideas that readers shared.
#1: “Bloomers”: Call us Bloomers… Boomers showing what we’ve got. (6)
#2: “Experience enhanced – I think that might fit use that have been around. I’m 69 and I have lost of experience, good idea, good luck.”
#4: “ZOOMER”. (1)
#5: “We’re dooers” . What can we be called? While others are talking about it, we make it happen.”
#6: Sagers. (6) For the past several years I have used this phrase: “I’m not aging, I am sage-ing”. And that is what I say to friends who have more candles than frosting on their birthday cakes. It seems/ed to work for me in my effort to acknowledge all the knowledge and life experience folks past 50 have. You are so right, we do need new words and terminology to truly describe the valuable, contributing members of society we really are.
#7: Super Citizens , Transitioned Citizens , Super Seniors , The Awakened One’s – Second Timer’s – Second Time – Awakened One’s – The Alchemical One’s TAO’s – The Predecessors – Renewed Predecessors – Reborn Predecessors – ReBorners – Born Again Senior’s – PJ’s for Portal Jumpers. Let me know your thoughts and I can throw some more against the wall or push the envelope and or we may co~create a few.”
#8: The enabled(s): I am not sure if the plural is acceptable, I guess grammatically not, but it’s a neologism.
#9: Experience to burn – Experience cum laude – Past the learning curve – Age qualified.
#10: The Wise Ones.
#11: The Wiseacres.
#12: The Recycled Youth.
#13: Sumaa, Surmata, Surmaui. From one of the surviving mature audience. Or Taquine the anagram for antique. I like Surmaui; Sur= over/above, Maui= a demi-god, part of the Hawaiian creation story, who captured the sun. Above the god that captured the sun. Actually the female is in charge of the spirit/creative and the male the intellect/material. The women are all touchy feely while the man blindly drives the intellect not asking for directions from anyone.
#14: Very Experienced Aviator.
#15: GROWNUPS. Love your new challenge. this is an ‘off the top of my head’ instant answer . I am older than you and get more active every day. I work with high school students, college students, parents with mid=high to high school students, and am shocked about how much they have missed in their lives. They have along way to go to be considered ‘grown up’. I know this is not the type of answer you want, but that is a good brainstorming start, along with WISDOM, LOGIC, etc., which the younger generations have yet to discover. Will work on it and try to coin a new one that covers us.
#16: Pioneering Immortals or Tech-Boomers”.
#17: Geriachiever (noun) (root word “geriatrics”) geriable (noun) geripro (noun) (1)
#18: Disciplinarian. Gary, I call myself a disciplinarian now, at the age of 73. And I can do much more than I ever could before…when I was much less disciplined.
#19: Experienced Elders.
#20: Chapter Two Crew. We’re not retired. We’re just reloading.
#21: 2nd Stagers. (1) We have learned our life lessons through our teens, 30’s and 40’s. Now we are in the second stage of our lives where we get to use all the knowledge we have gained and actually enjoy ourselves without all the peer pressure we may have felt to conform in our first stage of life. (1)
#22: Wisevoirs. This is the plural form of wisevoir – ‘wise’ with a French suffix added and an accent on the ‘e’):
Where does wisdom merge with depth of experience and age? The answer is from the reservoir of wisdom; i.e., wisevoir, and we are the “wisevoirs.” Cheers!
#23: Hiperboomers. High performance baby boomers.
#24: Learning endowed.
#25: Middle aged sophistocates.
#26: Trail blazers.
#27: New breed of visionaries. I agree a name is needed for those of us who can dream forward into reality without allowing doubts of others to detain us. I traveled to Kenya alone at age 28 and moved there at 31. I simply never believed I could not. Have always lived by “If I can dream it, I can create it”
#28: Active Elders.
#29: Action Elders.
#30: Perserving Patriarchs.
#31: Neocapables. Newly empowered by technology, tools and your concept of pinnacle careers!
#32: Vital Visionaries.
#33: Experiencially Gifted. (1) I have noticed this in every area of life, for many years. I have begun to refer to our generation as the. We teach better, we preach better we play music better, we come up with more ingenious solutions to every-day delimmas, leaving the younger generations with mouths agape. Our vocabulary is better, we have a more comprehensive understanding of the implications of world news, and know where the references originated. We even learn technology quicker, in spite of the more severe learning curve. We deal better with the restrictions of the failure of the infrastructure, as we remember how, from before it became part of our daily existance. We read more, and can write and read cursive. In short, we have more personal resources in just about every area. Our long term memories serve us well. Thank you for asking. Sincerely, Great Grandma Jo, Retired (but not really) music teacher, homesteader, home remedy enthusiast, fiber lover, organic gardener, horsekeeper, humane soc. volunteer etc.
#34: The Influential Generation
#34: The Impact League
#35: The Luckiest Cohort
#36: The EC Generation (the Experience Counts generation)
Time Magazine’s Man of the Year issue from 1967
#37: The MYL’s (the Man of the Year Legion) Time Magazine’s Man of the Year issue from 1967 elected the entire “Twenty-five and Under” generation. Their impressive resume read: The Man of the Year ran the mile in 3:51.3, and died under mortar fire at An Lao. He got a B-minus in Physics I, earned a Fulbright Scholarship, filmed a documentary in a Manhattan ghetto, and guided Gemini rendezvous in space. He earns $76 a week with Operation Head Start in Philadelphia, picks up $10,800 a year as a metallurgical engineer at Ford, and farms 600 acres of Dakota wheat land. He has a lightning fast left-jab, a rifting right arm, and reads medieval metaphysicians. He campaigned for Reagan, booed George Wallace, and fought for racial integration. He can dance all night, and if he hasn’t smoked pot himself, he knows someone who has. He tucks a copy of Playboy into his concerto score as he records with the Boston Philharmonic. He is disenchanted with Lyndon Johnson, is just getting over his infatuation with Jack Kennedy – and will someday be President himself.
#40: New Breed Visionairies
#41: Hyperboomers. (3)
#42: Blooming cum lauders
#43: Techno sages
#45 Stellar Elders
#47: GEM (Geriatric Experience Master/Mistress)
#48: Choice Resourcefulness
#49: Masteleads We’re older, wise, competent. We are “masters”. The natives would call us “elders”. Naturally, we should be “leaders. Masters of their skills; elders of their families/clans, and leaders of others.
#50: Gen V Predating Gen X and Y. V for Victors, Virtual, Valor, Voice, Volunteer, etc.
#51: New Breed (1)
#52: Abs Short for ageless beings.
#55: “Lifeweavers Before the written word clans had the their storytellers who interpreted life thru legends . We could be life’s interpreters. We could be the “Lifeweavers”.
#56: SILVER BLOOMERS
#57: The EASA generation We are the Experienced And Socially Astute (EASA) generation.
Please send your vote for the word you like best to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Seven P Secrets of Self PublishingWhen you write, you can work anywhere.
Here I am working poolside in the winter, at our Florida farm.
Here I am with our hound Ma, working during the summer at our North Carolina farm.
Learn how to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose. I have been able to earn by writing in Hong Kong, England, the Isle of Man, Dominican Republic and Ecuador to name a few of the places I have lived. Anywhere I am, I am able to work.
All I need is my laptop.
That’s all you need too… a laptop to be free!
Before computers, a pencil and pad did the job.
Freedom is just one benefit you can gain from a laptop business.
Another benefit is income. Writing has brought me both our farms in Florida and North carolina, free and clear… plus a lot more.
Another good example of earning potential is my friend Hugh Howey. He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks.
Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon.com. This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.
That’s what he’s doing now.
Hugh and I playing chess (he beats me badly).
Writers like Hugh are great inspirations.
A couple of years ago Hugh left Florida, and moved to South Africa. He had a sailing catamaran built for him and now can sail the world while he continues to write.
Hugh explained it like this: And that’s the miracle of working as a writer: I can do it from anywhere and everywhere. The past few years, I’ve done a lot of writing from airplanes and airports while on business trips abroad. SAND was entirely written overseas while traveling through seven different countries; I think it’s a better story because of those inspirations. In upcoming years, I may be writing near your home port.
Hugh’s a super star writer and his success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person. He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership. But you do not have to be a million dollar a year earner or a traveler to benefit from writing.
The good news is… you do not need a huge success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle. Self Publishing can bring you a life that most people only dream of, as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.
May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.
What most success stories like Hugh’s rarely explain is the many hours of writing that was devoted before their self published book sales soared. Hugh, like most writers were journeymen first. Stardom came later.
Here are sevens secrets that can help you become a journeyman writer.
The secrets are a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income, freedom and fulfillment.
Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.
Merri and I are not writing stars. We are journeymen who have for more than 40 years, year in and year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.
Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars. Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.
In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably will be for you too.
First some history.
Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts” about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in. This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.
My story allowed Merri and me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.
That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.
Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.
Self Publishing has become a new business art form.
The seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.
Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing. Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology.
Everything is new… except the seven secrets.
Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many. We love this evolution due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps. The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.
The First P is Passion.
Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing. This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted.
Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all, you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets.
You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget. Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.
So the question is… What do you love to do?
What’s Your Passion: An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain? He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms. For example: “What Is Whiplash?”
The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read. These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.
There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business. It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.
Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings.
I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.
What do you love? If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf. Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art? Write and sell publications in these fields.
Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues? You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.
Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place? Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.
Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.
Be immersed in your passion and get paid well for it.
This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers. Extra income, more freedom and fulfillment are usually more than enough enough.
The seven Ps are:
#4: Profitably Priced Product
#5: Prospecting Pathway
The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar. We offered the camp for $1,500. 80 delegates enrolled. People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.
Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience. We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.” Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.
Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.
You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you. The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop. I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course on how to expand the profits of what you write called “Eventful Business” (also $299) all for $299. You save $598.
We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .
These courses are not theoretical. They describe, step-by-step, how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now. We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong annual income.
This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course. The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business. This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.
Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business. Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.
Here is a special offer.
Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product.
You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).
David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s. He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.
Learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.
For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners. He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.
David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small. From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.
David is an essential part of our web based business.
Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc. wrote: “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry. Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”
As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.
David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use. In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.
There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding. Expand your borders now! Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.
If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days. You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.
You also receive a report “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.
Plus you get more in the program.
You receive regular writing and self publishing updates for a year. Businesses usually need to evolve. Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses. Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year. We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.
My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:
- “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
- Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
- The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
- MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
- The business course “Eventful Business”
- Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year
We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within the first three months for a full refund.