A new start after 60: ‘I was fired at 64 – so I faced my fears and started my first company’

A new start after 60

If you’re looking for some inspiration about moving into a green job later in life, here’s a nice story about a guy who created a sustainable packaging company at the age of 64:

When Paul Tasner was 64, he was called to a meeting with the chief executive of Method cleaning products where he worked as senior director of operations – only to find that the meeting was an exit interview. It was shortly before Christmas 2009; San Francisco felt festive. His wife and friends were waiting for him at a restaurant. “We said our hellos, and I said: ‘I’ve been fired!’ They all laughed.”

Tasner told them he wasn’t joking. “Much was drunk” that night, he says, and instead of feeling anxious about the future, he began to feel good. “I know that’s a weird thing to say, being fired. [But it was] a chance to do some thinking about what comes next.”

He had spent 40 years in manufacturing, packaging and distributing, and had excellent contacts. Consultancy paid the bills but “felt like quietly fading into the woodwork. I wanted to go out with a bang. It was the last chapter in my career. I didn’t want to end it on a boring note. So I put a considerable amount of pressure on myself to find that interesting opportunity.” Read the full article on The Guardian.

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