Power Point: Feel the power of 50

November 1, 2008, 2:26 AM UTC

“Fifty is not the new 30. Instead, I think 50 is the new 50. Today, 50 can be whatever you want it to be.”

– Nancy Graham, just-named editor of AARP, the world’s largest-circulation magazine. Nancy, a dear friend, worked with me at Fortune 20 years ago. And after winding her way through Time Inc. –at Money and then at People–she’s in a sweet spot, serving America’s largest demographic and reaching 24 million homes. Nancy turned 50 a couple of years ago, and about the choices that come with aging, she says, “At 50, you can be a grandparent or a new parent or both. You can start a brand new career or become a volunteer. You’re officially a grownup, and you’ve earned the right to live life on your own terms.”

Not a bad place to be. For more on older strivers and thrivers, read my Wednesday post, Wisdom of the ages.

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