Feeling Down On Your Luck? Read This.

There’s a lot of attention being paid these days to the angst of thirtysomething associates who fear the loss of their jobs.

So it was nice to read about 101-year old Jack Borden http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/09/28/older.workers/index.html who has been practicing in Weatherford, TX, for more than 70 years.

He still spends about 40 hours a week handling estate planning, probate and real estate matters, taking a mid-day break for a rest. He practices with his nephew and doesn’t figure he’d last long were he to retire.

“As long as a you are capable, you ought to use what God gave you,” he said. “He left me here for a reason, and with enough of a mind to do what it is I’m supposed to be doing,”

He finds work energizing. “I have to use a walker because of old age, so there’s not much else I could do except sit in my house. Why do that when I can not only enjoy life, but help some people?”

He was recently honored as America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker for 2009. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/DN-oldestworker_05met.ART.State.Edition2.4bffaa0.html

The charming video is on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlXmz4LKZTA

He particularly enjoys that he can help people who can’t afford an attorney, and has helped people who needed wills probated, paying court costs from his own pocket. “They say a man with one friend is a millionaire,” he says, noting that makes him richer than the national debt, “and that’s $2 trillion.”


2 responses to “Feeling Down On Your Luck? Read This.

  1. Do you really think that HE is doing the job????? He must have very good employee(s)…

  2. I’m 26 and jobless since graduating college, and so I’m getting a kick in the pants out of this whole thing.

    I can’t save money when I’m not EARNING any (sure, I made $1200 last year and $1500 this year doing temp work, but there are no steady jobs). My husband works part time at minimum wage. What is OUR retirement going to look like because so many of these people over 65 who “don’t need the money” won’t find VOLUNTEER work instead of taking income someone else does need?? The ones who say they only work for the satisfaction of working. Ha ha, no. If that were true, they’d volunteer. Liars.

    Nobody else can move up the ranks because these people just won’t retire. Because other people are stuck in entry level jobs, those entry level jobs aren’t opening up for new workers.

    So, older workers: Unless you desperately need the money, or you own your own business, please get out of the job market. You’re only hurting those who haven’t had a real shot to enter at all. Some of us want to start families, or worse, already have families we can’t support.

    But that’s not your concern, is it??

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