I closed a post with this on Tuesday. These days, there is no such thing as having paid your dues and, the sooner you understand that, the sooner you’ll be able to keep being successful.
That is the problem with the older generation. Too many of them think they’ve “paid their dues.” Those of us in my generation know you don’t stop paying your dues until you retire. See, with a good enough idea and enough crowd funding, I can create enough opposition to disrupt a current economic powerhouse in a given field. With enough reading, I can create a theory that shakes the bedrock of science/philosophy. So, older folks, I’m sorry to burst your bubble but this isn’t 1987. You have to keep working/learning/grinding until the day you decide to begin collecting your retirement. Otherwise, we will see you, catch up to you, collect some wisdom from you, and leave you in our dust. Or you could run ahead of us, leaving bits of wisdom behind for my generation to feed on while you continue to excel. The choice is yours.
Make professional development a priority.