Namaste! I just returned from an amazing trip to Nepal and India, so I am just now catching up on second-act news (more on my trip in an upcoming post).
While I was away, Encore.org announced their 2015 Purpose Prize winners – an amazing group of six people over 60 who have found unique ways to combine their passion and experience for social good. This is the 10th year that Encore has awarded the prizes (the top winner receives $100,000 and the other five receive $25,000 each).
I strongly encourage you to learn more about this year’s winners on the Encore.org site (or by watching the video posted here). I guarantee their stories will help inspire your own encore. As my editor Rich Eisenberg points out in his Next Avenue post, Purpose Prize Winners: Over 60, But Far From Over, ”These four women and two men, age 61 to 77, demonstrate that it’s possible to make a difference — a big difference — after 60.”
Congratulations to all the winners!
Many people over 50 tell me they’d like a second-act career in the aging space. If you too find this an area of interest, take a look at NextAvenue.org’s just released list of 2015 Influencers in Aging.
It’s a fascinating list (and I’d say that even if I didn’t write for the site). The 50 honorees focus on different sectors - work and purpose, policy, caregiving, living and learning, etc. – but they all are changing how we age and think about aging.
If you, or someone you care about, really wants to start a semi-retirement business, but the little voice inside your head says …”I’m too old!”“Only young people have the energy to start a new business”“Nobody will appreciate my years of expertise”
“I don’t want to learn Instagram or Pinterest or Twitter or….”
You need to watch this video!
Calling all mentors, teachers, tutors, coaches . . . anyone making a difference in young lives in your community.
This October, Encore.org is running a “Story Slam for Youth,” seeking first-person stories by experienced adults in child or youth-focused work or volunteering to be showcased on their storytelling website, Stories from the Encore Movement.
There’s a little-known fact about second act careers that might surprise you: Most people don’t really reinvent their careers for retirement. Instead, they repurpose and recycle their skills in new ways. They take the threads of their hobbies, interests and old jobs and weave them together into new lifestyle-friendly options for the future.
Admittedly, the stories about the attorney turned cattle rancher or the accountant who becomes a farmer make for entertaining press. But in reality, the transformations people go through are far less dramatic.
That’s why it’s important to pay attention to what you already know, do well and enjoy. There are always parts of your work and life experiences – no matter how seemingly insignificant – that can serve as a bridge into a fulfilling semi-retirement career.
So if you’re ready to begin exploring, here are five areas of your life to examine for important clues and insights into what’s next: