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Facebook's Oldest Intern: How a 60-year-old fitness trainer reinvented himself with the most unlikely of companies
Several years ago, I faced a major health crisis in my life. Honestly, I didn't think I would come out alive. It was a very difficult time in my life, filled with depression. I'll never forget what my mother told me. "Mel, you have to reinvent yourself." Boy, was she right. When you are faced with obstacles and crises in your life, it requires a response. People respond in different ways. When you respond with a major life shift goal, and look to the future and not the past, that's when you begin to get on track to stay on track. That is why I love today's BOOK OF THE DAY, " Facebook's Oldest Intern: How a 60-year-old fitness trainer reinvented himself with the most unlikely of companies," by Howard Waldstreicher. This man understands the key to reinventing oneself. I highly recommend this book. Order your copy today!
That’s what I thought when the pandemic hit, and I was struggling to pay the rent at the gym I owned. I had created HalfHourPower, a proprietary training system for athletes, and had taken my method on the road opening studios. I was burnt out from the business after so many years anyway. At age 60, could I really get back into tech?
I was twenty-plus years out of this industry and corporate work in general. But I had been keeping myself biologically young and strong with diet, training, lifestyle, and some genetic good luck. I knew I had things to offer if only I could prove myself an asset to these companies (and to myself). I just needed one shot, and as my mother always told me, “It only takes one.”
I started applying. Nothing – no acknowledgments, no responses, no signs of life. I applied everywhere. I applied for programs set up for people re-entering the workforce. I tried to use whatever connections I had. I networked. I got certifications in data science and data analysis and practiced regularly. Crickets.
My wife was my biggest champion, though, and she encouraged me to apply for a job posting at Facebook. “There’s no way,” I said incredulously. “Facebook? The best of the best?”
Howard Waldstreicher was first a programmer, then after the dot-com implosion, went with his passion and opened up a fitness studio called HalfHourPower- the leader in 30-minute interval training. During the pandemic, he reinvented himself again and became a data engineer at Facebook.