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Boomers: The Unexpected New Wave of Entrepreneurs

Michelle Arbeau
Michelle Arbeau

More boomers are eschewing retirement for a new adventure: entrepreneurialism.

Baby boomers were the generation most responsible for the 20th century megasurge in advancement, achievement, inventions and innovation. The years 1900 to 1999 comprised a succession of quantum leaps in all areas: money, health, education, technology, societal paradigm shifts and more. Yet, almost two decades into the 21st century, there have been very few major steps forward. Why is this phenomenon happening now?

Boomers grew up with the mentality of a cookie-cutter life plan. If your dad was a dentist, then optimally, this would be your career path. If your family ran a business, then it was a given you'd be the successor. 

Societal pressures, standards, beliefs, morals, and a much more restricted mindset gave little room for stepping out of the box and paving your own road. It was really a few trailblazers who were brave enough to go against the status quo.

Fast forward to 2018. That "I can be anything I want" childlike outlook is a reality for most of us in the developed world. Boomers are now just warming up to that idea, and we're about to see decades of wisdom collide with unbridled freedom of expression. That's a recipe for an all-star entrepreneur.

In my own business, the past two years have seen a massive influx of boomers coming to see me as a client to seek advice about one thing: careers. No longer are the expected "retirement in droves" going to occur with this particular generation, as we once assumed. Oh no. We're poised to see a landslide of older, wiser, experienced entrepreneurs hitting the scene.

There's one major flaw in all of this, and it's the issue of bridging the gap between their lack of tech-savvy abilities (as a whole), the tendency toward an old-school sense of business operations, and the lingering tinge of fear whispering to them, "Is this normal? Shouldn't I be retiring?" 

Many of the boomers showing up at my office are women (90 percent +), and all of them say the same thing to me: "Michelle, I've worked this job all my life, and now I want to do X." The X is always stepping away from a job and into the world of entrepreneurialism. Most feel like they must have taken a wrong turn, missed the boat or just plain lost their mind. After reassuring them (multiple times) they're at the right time, place, and moment in their life to do X, and further explaining the why behind it all, their fire is lit and thus it begins.

Jobs are going to be scant later down the road. However, with more of an entrepreneurial-based society emerging at the same time, what does this mean for the economy? How we obtain services and goods, importing/exporting between countries – the whole nine yards? Currency as we know it will eventually be replaced by more of a "bartering system." Not your primitive kind of bartering like during the horse and buggy days but a new era of bartering, as more unique, eccentric entrepreneurs dominate the business world.

As more boomers realize their true passion and purpose, there is an excitement in the air that something monumental is about to hit. 

Are you ready? I sure am.

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Michelle Arbeau
Michelle Arbeau Member
Celebrity Numerologist Michelle Arbeau is considered the #1 Numerologist in the World, Two-Time Bestselling Author, Motivational Speaker, Featured Columnist & Face/Brand of She has a Hollywood clientele base that includes Twilight vampires, Big Bang Theory actress, Pirates of the Caribbean actor, NBC Director, Celebrity stylist Carrie White, Actresses Candace Cameron-Bure & Lori Petty, Comedian George Wallace, Legendary singer/performer Thea Austin (Rhythm is a Dancer), American Idol Finalist, David Hernandez, Emmy Award-Winning Choreographer Doug Jack, Celebrity Makeup Artist, Etienne Ortega (makeup for ALL Kardashians to Christina Aguilera & many more), Katie McGrath (J.J. Abrams wife), Malaku Quisada (star of Invite Only Cabo on Bravo TV). A media favorite and considered an expert in her field, Michelle is frequently a repeat guest on national outlets such as CitiTV, CBC Radio, Kool 101.5, CTV Morning Live, Breakfast Television and the History Channel. As founder of Authentic You Radio/TV/Academy/PR/Publishing, Michelle has interviewed many of the top authors, speakers, and celebrities in her quest to inspire and empower others to live with authenticity. Michelle has a numbers-themed documentary is in the works with famed documentary creator Emmanuel Etier who has worked closely with Sharon Stone to create documentaries such as Femme: Woman Healing the World starring big names from all over the world like Maya Angelou and Marianne Williamson. In late 2016, she launched her own jewelry and products line called Soul Numbers Jewelry & Gifts. Number based, real gemstone sterling silver jewelry and all natural ingredients in the healing/manifestation bath oils and sprays. She is the host of her own radio show at the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood called Life By The Numbers covering topics of spiritual growth, current affairs, celebrity news and more through the lens of numbers. Michelle also writes a syndicated monthly numerology horoscope column published by popular sites such as,,, & Michelle is also the Featured Columnist & Face/Brand for the largest lottery results website in the US ( with over 8 million unique visitors a month. She writes a featured weekly predictions column with professional in-studio videos at Global Voice Broadcasting Studios in Hollywood which is included as an integral part of Lottery USA’s website. Her bestselling books, The Energy of Words: Use the Vibration of Language to Manifest the Life You Desire and Soul Numbers: Decipher the Message from Your Inner Self to Successfully Navigate Life are the product of combining her love of numbers with her passion for helping others to find purpose, meaning and joy in life.