Why Reaching Out To The Boomer Matters

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October 11, 2012 by David Gillaspie

If you need a reminder to talk to those you feel a connection with, here it is: Do it!

They might be the real ‘Most Interesting Person In The World.’

If you see a man in incredible shape in his mid-sixties working out at your gym, say hello. Then stand back. He knows the secret so many missed: Don’t stop.

All you need to do is pay attention and follow his routine instead of something prescribed by therapists or trainers. He’s already done the work, and it shows.

He’s not talking, so it’s up to you.

Picture your average sixty five year old. How many see a ripped, tanned, gym rat who’s taken fitness to the next level?

Now imagine a guy, a tall guy, maybe 6’2″, under 200 pounds, as devoted to exercise as ballet people are to dance.

You wonder what makes a guy his age tick to keep him on track when so many drop out.

Is he a wrestler who overcame injuries to compete and never stopped competing?

A football player good enough for D-1 ball who never left the weight room?

Is he a Vietnam Marine who never stopped marching?

A friend of Special Olympics?

A mountaineer who faced Mt. Everest, Kilimanjaro, and the Swiss Alps?

Dennis Hass is all of the above. I watched him go through his workout routine for years and ‘borrowed’ his drills. With any luck we all get a little older and he made it look like a great thing.

Why go out of your way to tell someone of their influence on you? Why tell them they are a role model you look up to? Maybe it doesn’t matter to them, but it will to you. Besides, they’ll get a kick out of being seen as special by near strangers.

If you know anyone who sounds like Dennis Haas, tell them today.

Boomer Lesson: Build a network of people, a web, and show them they matter to you.

Better Boomer says make a difference to those who make a difference to you, then do it again. It’s called being a friend. A better friend.

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