The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Old Is Gold …

Yes I’m back, how happy are you about that?

Actually don’t answer that, it will only upset me.

So one of the things my parents taught me is to be interested in the things other people are interested in.

This bit of advice has basically been the foundation of my career.

By spending my time out of the office, out of focus group rooms, out of the marketing bubble … I’ve been able to meet people and hear stories that have had a huge impact on the work I’ve done and the opportunities I’ve had.

However there is one group that I’ve found has always been the most interesting.

The elderly.

I’m not saying that because I’m fast becoming one of them, but because they have reached a point where they’ve worked out who they are and what they like, better yet – as I wrote last year, they now recognise the things that are important versus the things they thought that were – the things that ended up undermining their potential.

The elderly – which for me, is basically anyone over the age of 65, even if they feel they’re 25 – don’t give a shit about playing the politeness game, they just answer things as they it.

Don’t get me wrong, there can be times where hearing their views and theories on life can be very scary indeed, but in this era of convenient soundbites and curated conversations, it can be liberating because as Barbara Bush once said …

“Never ask someone over 70 how they feel, because they’ll tell you”.

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a lot of planning ego bollocks to get to that babs bush line.

almost worth it.

Comment by andy@cynic

and its all a bit fucking bullshit when this is written by someone who can talk your fucking ear off if you just ask him to pass the bloody salt.

Comment by andy@cynic

Rob is Gob?

Comment by John

Definitely with a b.

Comment by DH

He can talk with a mouthful of marbles.

Comment by DH

Well that means Rupert Howell was even more intelligent than I thought because in my reference, he wrote “Robert is the perfect gemini, sometimes he acts like he is 7 and sometimes he acts like he is 77”.

I was 24 at the time.

Comment by Rob

Mental age and fashion age?

Comment by John

I quite liked Barbara Bush. But then next to her husband and son, who wouldn’t.

Comment by DH

From all reports, Mrs Bush was quite the character even before she was the first lady. Important points for those starting out in their career in this post Robert.

Comment by Lee Hill

Yep, but it doesn’t matter who tells you or how many times you are told, you only learn it when you age into it.

Comment by Rob

Pearl necklace.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Red card Billy.

Comment by Rob

you filthy sad twat.

Comment by andy@cynic

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