Two young athletes are running. the man on the left is wearing the running number 20 the woman on the right is wearing the running number 19.

I knew you’d follow up—you are so on this!

In Part 1 we addressed finance, contacts and the new you. This post provides 20+ options for you. As finance and numbers started our relationship, let’s address another number: age. 

Redundancy and experience

‘Oh, but I’m too old; no one will want me’.

Who is saying you are too old? Is it someone else? In which case do you really want to be with someone who discriminates against your wisdom and experience? 

Or are you bad-mouthing yourself? If so, what are you doing? Negative self-talk is not acceptable; it’s not healthy and it has no place here. It stops here and stops now. If you want to understand what is triggering your negative self-talk, then you might find Dr Steve Peters’ The Chimp Paradoxhelpful.

‘Oh, I keep getting rejected because I’m too old’.

Oh really? Did you know…

  • Colonel Harland Sanders was 62 before he had success with KFC.
  • American Blues Player Seasick Steve was 60 before someone discovered him.
  • Buster Merryfield (Uncle Albert) from Only Fools and Horses became an actor at age 57.
  • Ray Kroc only made any real money when he bought out the McDonald’s brothers at age 52.
  • Charles Darwin struggled financially until he was 50.
  • Chef Julia Child was 49 when she wrote her first cookbook.
  • Henry Ford achieved motorcar success at 45.
  • Sam Walton was 44 when he started Walmart.
  • Robin Chase 42 when she founded Zipcar.
  • Vera Wang was 40 when she joined the world of fashion.
  • Donald Fisher, cofounder of Gap Inc., was 40 when the first store opened in San Francisco.
  • Stan Lee achieved comic book success with The Fantastic Four at age 39.

Original source of most data on list above.

Look, I want to add more great people to this list. There is no reason that could not be you. I know one incredible lady in her late 70s who is self-employed and going from strength to strength. She is not a household name but she is an inspiration. It is possible.

Redundancy and the application of experience

You could always work for yourself. Why not? Age equals experience equals value. Obviously you will make sure that home and bills are covered, and after that, why not set up a business of your own. You have always known how you would do things differently and why. 

This could be your ideal time to make it happen. You could be checking out the trade shows, following the latest innovations.

Trade shows 



Redundancy and skills

The skills that have served you well can now serve as the foundations for new skills.

Boost your skills 

You don’t even have to leave home. Here are some excellent remote learning courses:

Share existing skills as an independent consultant

Which of your skills are most in demand?

How could you share your skills with others?

Share your skills by volunteering

Connect your skills with good causes 

For volunteering opportunities near you 

Charities in need of support 

Volunteer abroad

Sell your skills directly to the public

NatWest offer Business Consultancy Advice

Run an event where you speak or provide a workshop 

Sell your skills  

Sell your skills to another organisation

Pay someone you don’t know to overhaul your CV. Then register with a recruitment consultancy.

Redundancy and the other side

Listen to those who know what you are going through. I opted for voluntary redundancy when I was in my 30s, and it was the best thing I ever did. It felt bold and brave at the time, but it gave me great confidence and enough money to invest in my future self-development. It put me on a greater and more fulfilling path.

Redundancy and new horizons

Now is the right time to spread your wings. Yes, you could go on holiday or maybe you could work overseas. New horizons await you. Perhaps this is your time to explore working overseas.

Perhaps for the first time in your life you could get a coach. Top performers have coaches because it helps them get results; so could you. 

Redundancy and emotions

The intention of these posts is to trigger positive actions and emotions. Yet, I am fully aware that redundancy can trigger a time of intense emotion. Your life is undergoing change. The security of knowing that a set amount of money is going to be there each month is no longer guaranteed. This is bound to have an impact on your psychology.

To make the best decisions, you need to keep your brain’s neurotransmitters firing dopamine, endorphins and serotonin. The easiest way to fire them is to move your body. Walk for 30 minutes every morning. The exercise alone will get your brain firing the positive neurotransmitters of dopamine, endorphins and serotonin, all of which help to lift mood. The better the mood, the better and stronger the decisions you make.

If low feelings have got a grip, then you need support and must talk to someone. An EFT practitioner can provide a non-invasive, drug-free route to addressing the negative thoughts and energy; aid the redirect of your inner energy so it circulates on a positive journey through your system. If you don’t even want to leave the house, the practitioner might work with you via Skype. 

For more on EFT, check out ‘Intro to EFT – Tapping with Brad Yates 

Coaches can be found on

Conversely you might prefer a counsellor or a psychotherapist 

Redundancy and the future

Redundancy gives you the opportunity to explore future possibilities. I appreciate that you took the time to read this and wish you every success in your future endeavours. This is the first step towards your new life.

Redundancy is a time of great change, and it is also a time of empowerment. 

The inspiration for this post comes from the work of Adams 2009.


Adams, G. (2009) Overcoming Redundancy. Oxford, Infiniteideas. ISBN 978-1-906906821-26-5

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