Age Doesn’t Matter -- Octogenarian Business Leader and Philanthropist, Al Weatherhead, Proves That 85 Is The New 65

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Weatherhead, Author Of The Power Of Adversity, Says Age Is No Obstacle To Continued Success

According to the most recent statistics available from the U.S. Census Bureau, 6.2 million Americans age 65 and over were either working or actively seeing work. That’s no surprise to Al Weatherhead, who at 85 years young is still an active business leader and concerned philanthropist. “Age is no excuse for giving up,” says Weatherhead, whose popular book, THE POWER OF ADVERSITY: Tough Times Can Make You Stronger, Wiser, and Better, shows how to overcome life’s many stumbling blocks.

Who is Al Weatherhead? He is CEO of Weatherchem, a private manufacturer of plastic closures for food, spice, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical products. If there’s a spice or seasoning container in your kitchen with a top that shakes from one side and pours from the other, the top is most likely derived from the original Flapper that Weatherhead and his team created. He is also the man who’s endowed schools at Harvard, Columbia, and Case Western universities.

Weatherhead knows the pain that results from life-changing adversity: he has struggled through the death of an infant son and two failed marriages, and a life-long battle with alcoholism. He has suffered from depression, crippling rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease. Yet against all odds, he has been extremely successful, both professionally and personally. He reconciled with his father, found love with his third wife, and is the proud father of three grown children. And though the last few years have brought new struggles, including extensive back surgery, Weatherhead stays active – going to the office, exercising, writing, endowing universities and medical facilities, and offering advice to those who feel overwhelmed by their struggles. At 85, he recently completed a new ten-year plan for himself.

In THE POWER OF ADVERSITY, Weatherhead explains that the key to gaining strength from hardship is to change how we view challenges. Instead of asking “Why me?” he advises asking “Why not me?”. Instead of “I have to do it,” think “I have it to do.” Embrace positive thinking and recognize that adversity is the impetus to look for creative solutions.

His lessons are applicable for old and young alike. He believes that tough times offer unique opportunities for personal growth: they help us become more creative problem-solvers, strengthen our self-confidence, and alter our perspective on life.

“Most of us experience monumental periods of adversity – perfectly timed and honed – to burn away our self-deception,” says Weatherhead. “These devastating setbacks propel us in our quest to become fully and creatively human.” Filled with valuable advice, exercises, and tips for putting adversity in perspective, THE POWER OF ADVERSITY is available at or visit


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