Marc Middleton is Rebranding Aging.™ The Founder and CEO of Growing Bolder, Marc is one of the leading voices in the active lifestyle movement, a multiple Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and journalist, documentary filmmaker, magazine publisher, adventurer and worldclass masters athlete. The author of Rock Stars of Aging®, Marc is now working on his second book – Rebranding Aging™ — How to Stop Growing Older and Start Growing Bolder™.
Marc is the co-host of the Growing Bolder® TV and Radio Shows, executive producer of Surviving & Thriving, editor of Growing Bolder® Magazine, author of Rock Stars of Aging®, director, videographer and writer of the feature length documentary film, Conquering Kilimanjaro.
Marc speaks regularly on positive aging, personal reinvention, reprogramming ourselves after decades of brainwashing about aging, chasing and achieving dreams, the keys to active longevity, marketing to the 50+ demographic, and the power of storytelling.
Marc became one of the media industry’s very first bloggers — filing daily online blogs from the 2000 Sydney Olympics for a network of broadcast affiliates. He was one of the first to recognize the power and influence of the rapidly growing 50 + audience and the coming cultural shift that would change everything we thought about the possibilities of life after 50.
Determined to position himself at the intersection of emerging technologies and the impending age wave, Marc took a huge risk in 2006, walking away from a news anchor job to launch the multi-platform Growing Bolder network. Since then, Growing Bolder has built one of the world’s largest libraries of active-lifestyle content, producing shows for all platforms and custom branded networks for the retirement and healthcare industries.
Marc’s Growing Bolder Manifesto:
Remember when we thought the future was filled with limitless possibility? When there was time to do anything? There still is. It’s never too late. Dreams don’t have an expiration date. There’s still time to learn a new instrument, pick up a paint brush, start a new business, get back into shape or even get into shape for the first time. Anything is still possible. Dreams are not about age. They’re about attitude. Stop Growing Older. Start Growing Bolder.™
We’ve been programmed to give up. Brainwashed into believing that when our skin begins to wrinkle, our dreams begin to die. The stereotypes of aging, embedded in our national psyche, make us fear what can be the best days of our lives. With few exceptions, Madison Avenue, the mainstream media and Hollywood all underestimate our passion and our potential.
Ageism, like racism and sexism, is rooted in fear and ignorance. And it threatens the future of everyone, because age is a fate only the unfortunate escape. Refuse to accept the negative stereotypes of aging. If your mind believes them – so will your body. Stop Growing Older. Start Growing Bolder.™
Are you unhappy with who you are, with where you are in life? Do you long for more? Then go find it. Quit waiting for life to find you. And quit waiting for permission to find it. Get off the couch and get into life. Happiness is not about age. It’s about attitude. Stop Growing Older. Start Growing Bolder.™
Be optimistic about your future and take a leap of faith. Pursue your passions. Find your purpose. And don’t say you don’t have one. You just haven’t found it yet, probably because you stopped looking. Finding passion and purpose is not about age. It’s about attitude. Stop Growing Older. Start Growing Bolder.™
And don’t quit when you fail. Because you probably will; at least at first. Everyone does. To be afraid to fail is to be afraid to live. The only question that matters is how many times are you willing to fail before you succeed. Success is not about age. It’s about attitude. Stop Growing Older. Start Growing Bolder.™
Move Forward but give back. Help others, anyway you can. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s day, and maybe even their life. Making a difference is not about age. It’s about attitude. Stop Growing Older. Start Growing Bolder.™
Believe that the rest of your life can be the best of your life. The most powerful weapon in the war against ageism is the simple example of an ordinary person living an extraordinary life. You can be that person. Stop Growing Older. Start Growing Bolder.™
In his spare time, Marc lives a Growing Bolder® lifestyle. He likes to paint, write, travel and is a multiple world record-holding masters swimmer and a nationally ranked high hurdler in masters track and field. He has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with a group of cancer survivors and always preparing for his next great adventure.