Vienna (Still) Waits for You

As the world becomes obsessed with Millennials, I'm spending more time thinking about Generation X (that's me) and the Baby Boomers. The one thing we all have in common (if only we took the time to realize it) -- goes something like this: "Vienna Waits for You."

That line, from a classic Billy Joel tune, describes how we can remain useful as we age. While the media puts "Millennial" in just about every headline -- sometimes in a shameless attempt to grab eyeballs and SEO scores -- many of us overlook the fact that Baby Boomers are among the top entrepreneurs in the world.

While many Boomers retire, others are launching businesses and creating jobs for themselves -- and the rest of us. At the same time, Generation X -- including yours truly -- continues to focus on life-work balance, raising families and some promising new business ventures along the way. 

As I continue my own journey to Vienna, I'll keep my eyes on all generations -- and the way they influence the world around me... With a little luck and hard work, perhaps my business partner (Amy Katz) and I will share more views on this in the not-so-distant future... Sometime before we reach our own respective Viennas, though I'm not sure it's really a destination. Perhaps it's more about the journey.

Oh, About Those Lyrics

In the meantime, in case you've never heard the Billy Joel song here are the lyrics: 

"Vienna"

Slow down you crazy child
You're so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you're so smart tell me,
Why are you still so afraid? (mmmmm)

Where's the fire, what's the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out
You got so much to do and only
So many hours in a day (Ay)

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through (Oooh)
When will you realize... Vienna waits for you?

Slow down you're doing fine
You can't be everything you want to be before your time
Although it's so romantic on the borderline tonight (tonight)

Too bad, but it's the life you lead
You're so ahead of yourself that you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you're wrong
You know you can't always see when you're right (you're right)

You got your passion, you got your pride
But don't you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don't imagine they'll all come true (Oooh)
When will you realize... Vienna waits for you?

Slow down you crazy child
Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while
It's alright, you can afford to lose a day or two (oooh)
When will you realize... Vienna waits for you?

And you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you can just get old
You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through (oooh)
Why don't you realize... Vienna waits for you?

When will you realize... Vienna waits for you?

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