4 Things We Can Learn From ‘Weird Al’

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At 54, “Weird Al” Yankovic has the No. 1 album on the Billboard charts. “Mandatory Fun” is the first comedy album to hold that spot since 1963.

According to Richard Eisenberg, of PBS’s Next Avenue, people over 50 can do worse than take a page from the Weird Al songbook and apply those lessons to their own careers.

Take-away messages from the pop icon’s four-decade career include:

1. He didn’t bemoan the way his business changed; he embraced it.

    If your field isn’t like it was when you got in decades ago, don’t sulk. Change with the times.
2. He stayed current.

    If you are not keeping up with the latest technology and trends for your job, find a way to do so.
3. He got bold.

    When you are hitting brick walls and bureaucracy at work, get proactive and — like Yankovic — tenacious.
4. He didn’t take himself too seriously.

    When you’ve been working for 30 or 40 years, it’s easy to get a little grumpy or burned out at work. So look for ways to laugh or to make others laugh during your work day.
Watch the Weird Al Video 'Word Crimes'

 

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