Twilight ; a condition or period of gradual decline following full development, achievement, glory, etc.
I am in the twilight of my career. I have accomplished a lot, have a few trophies (literally and figuratively) and have no regrets.
I have been writing on some of the most prevalent HR and Talent blogs for several years including Fistful of Talent, TLNT, ERE, Workology, and the SHRM blog.
I have had the honor of presenting at close to two dozen major SHRM conferences since 2006 and another 30 plus conferences in the HR stratosphere.
I have some major metal too. Winning the SHRM National leader of the year in 2007 and HR Executive Honor role in 2010 are nothing to sneeze at. With the HR Executive magazine accomplishment, I finished as a runner up to Lazlo Bock at Google. Unfortunately, no one ever remembers the runner up. Do you remember who lost to Kansas City in the Super bowl last year?
As an educator, I have instructed hundreds of our current HR and business leaders. My life as an educator dates to the late 1970’s as I can honestly say I taught over a thousand kids to swim, many are connected with me on social media and this may be my one of my proudest accomplishments of all.
Of course, my proudest accomplishment is my daughter Morgan’s success as a student and professional as a civil engineer. We do a lot wrong as parents and adults, but sometimes we do a few things right. My contributions to my daughter’s success are definitely more meaningful then my own.
So now I have a few good years left to do a precious few things to write my own legacy.
I am starting a doctoral program this coming week as I am just a few short years from retirement and social security. Many of my family and friends have challenged me. Why not just kick back and enjoy this time?
Well, I am not ready to kick back just yet. Yes, I love playing pickleball, golf and tennis whenever I can. But I still have some goals to accomplish. Getting my Doctorate is one of them.
I want my next few years to be about helping others and what better way then to enhance my own knowledge to give back to the next generation.
Maybe I am not as relevant in the HR community and that is ok, my voice is silencing to a whisper. But I still have a lot to give to the HR community and will continue to as the opportunities present themselves….