Discussion Assignment 0.1

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      One can be an Elder at the international level of a Desmond Tutu or a Bill Clinton and one can also be an Elder at a community and even at a family level. It is not for everyone to gain wide recognition for their wise Eldering. But at some level we are all Elders to someone and can make a difference to that someone’s life.

      What are my qualities as an Elder
      Where do I see a role for myself as an Elder?

      Although the participants in The Elder’s Journey may never meet and many would like to remain anonymous, it is much easier to “talk” to someone if you know a little about them.
      So a third task in this Assignment.

      Please give us a brief “bio” about you.

      As an example – this is mine.

      My name is Alan61147

      I am 67 years old, retired in 2012 – which means that I now have 2 jobs instead of 1. The first is working with Entrepreneurs to help them establish and grow their own business. The second, is working with people going into retirement. I’m a” Baby-boomer”, born in Iran in 1947, grew up in Zambia, university in Cape Town, BSc in Industrial Psychology, married and 4 years working and hitch-hiking around Europe, back to South Africa for a “proper job” in Human Resource Management. 2 kids – daughter and son. Then mid-life crisis, pack in the job, started a Consultancy focused on Service Excellence. Not content with that, started an Outdoor Adventure company and a Publishing company. In 2006 formed a Partnership working with young Entrepreneurs to help them establish and grow their businesses. Divorced and re-married, step-father and now a grand-father.

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      John Brandow

      Born in 1947 in Germiston. Grew up in the poorest of poor white families in Benoni Small farms. Got a immune system that is even today keeping me from all illnesses and sickness. After Matric spent 2 years in the SA Navy, then started in the bank as a cashier in 1967 through to 1999 when I left the bank as a senior manager. Got married in 1971 and this year will see our 48th anniversary. Started my own business in 199 and still going strong after 2 failed ventures, 1 liquidation and up and running as an estate agent and a few other ventures. love the outdoors, avid photographer, playing some golf, touring the country whenever the urge catches us. Live in a Retirement village with a lot of Elders. Leading the pack . 30 year plan in place . No place for retirement , rather refirement. Running a few blogs and facebook pages. The one that gives me the most pleasure is the new one “This is South Africa”

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