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10 Signs You’re Over the Hill

Over the Hill – Simply defined as “past one’s prime”.

Over the hill in football could mean you’re 35 years old. When I was 20 I thought anyone in their 40’s was over the hill. I’ve since pushed that number back quite a few years. If you’re an actor and you’re Betty White, over the hill could mean you’re 100+. But what about in the business world? Many think of retirement in their 60’s. Tell that to Warren Buffett. But in the context of your work and career, over the hill could be a wide range of ages. It really has a lot to do with your productivity and attitude. It can hit people at all ages. Here’s our list of the top 10 signs you may be over the hill…

  1. Your body is in the present but your mind is in the good old glory days. You constantly say we used to do it this way. Nothing new is ever as good as it once was.
  2. You have no goals. I once talked to a gentleman in his 80’s who said he didn’t buy green bananas anymore because he didn’t want to plan that far ahead. Now he was over the hill!
  3. You’ve used all your sick days and it’s only February. Unless you really are sick.
  4. You’re a horse and buggy kind of guy. This is the guy that thought the automobile was going nowhere. It’s time to get a smartphone and get connected.
  5. You make frequent use of “it’s not my fault”. In fact it’s never your fault. If “it” is bad then what ever “it” is, you had nothing to do with “it”.
  6. You’re drinking more than three 5-hour energy drinks in an 8-hour day. Do the math.
  7. You’re consistently in a bad mood. If you’re too sick to smile then you’re too sick to be at work. Go home! “He has a good attitude with the customers, but not so much with his coworkers”. Not good enough.
  8. You’re a greeter at Wal-Mart. No offense but if that’s your prime, I would hate to see what the downside looks like. But I do know people that would like to retire someday and get that job so they can have a reason to get out of the house and see all their old friends.
  9. Your grapevine is larger than your advocate line. You share more gossip than you do business. If the list of people sending you business or advocating for you internally and externally is shorter than the list of people sharing the latest scoop with you, then there lies the problem.
  10. You are who you are. You’ve arrived and you have it all figured out. When you get to the point of thinking you can’t get better every day, that’s the day you’ve begun to get worse and you’re now sliding down the hill.

The good thing about being over the hill in the business world is that you can make some adjustments and begin making the climb again. Have any to add to the top 10? Let us know.

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One thought on “10 Signs You’re Over the Hill

  1. I like the term “Vision Implementers”. That definitely applies (or should apply) to work and life. Thanks for stopping by my place. Glad you enjoyed my post.

    Posted by findingorderincorpusa | February 10, 2012, 1:59 pm

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