If you’re a NPR geek like me, you’ve likely heard that Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps recently published a new book Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. Culled from over 65,000 recorded StoryCorps interviews, the stories demonstrate that vocational passion and fulfillment can be found in the most unexpected ways and places.
I read the book this past weekend and enjoyed it thoroughly. I think you will too.
While the book is more an inspirational read than a how-to guide, Isay includes a list of thought-provoking questions at the end of the book that I think are worth sharing. (Technically these questions are designed to get people to open for their StoryCorps interviews, but I think they’re equally useful as a means to help you find your calling).
While not all the questions will resonate, at least a few should prompts some insights into your values, motivators and passions as you plan your second act.
Here are some of my favorites:
- What were the happiest moments of your life? The saddest?
- Who has been the most important person in your life?
- What lessons has your work life taught you?
- What are you the proudest of in your life?
- Are there any words of wisdom you’d like to pass along to me?
- How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?
- How would you like to be remembered?
- Do you have any regrets?
Interesting food for thought, no? I hope you’ll take some time to mull these over.
To learn more about the book and to hear a few of the interviews, be sure to check out this NextAvenue.org post Finding Your Calling Through Work.
In my never ending quest for inspirational second-act stories, I just found another wonderful resource I had to share. This incredible video collection comes courtesy of The Story Exchange, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit global video project and website empowering women to achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship.
While the site is intended for women, and not specifically for boomers, you’ll find tons of inspiration here for your second act. Here’s just a small sampling of the videos you’ll find:
Thinking about working with your ‘honey’ during semi-retirement? Then you might enjoy reading Let’s Make Money Honey: The Couple’s Gide to Starting a Service Business by husband and wife team Barry Silverstein and Sharon Wood. It’s an entertaining and informative guide that offers how-to advice on each step of the entrepreneurial journey.
This is certainly not the only book out there for couples interested in working together, but after reading it, there are three reasons why I recommend it:
Last week, I had an opportunity to do a half-hour radio interview with Rabbi Richard Address of JewishSacredAging.com about all things second act. A few of the hot topics we discussed:
- When you should begin planning your second act
- How to find meaningful volunteer work
- Top tips for getting started
And lots more. Listen it to the full interview by clicking here (my segment starts at about the halfway mark).
“Perhaps the task of the third act is to finish the task of finishing ourselves. In order to know where I was going, I had to know where I’ve been.”
So says Jane Fonda in this compelling TED talk Life’s Third Act – the years from 60 onwards. In this video, she reflects on the changing nature of aging and why you may want to review your life as a means to define your future. I hope you’ll take a look. It’s only eleven minutes, but well worth your time. Enjoy!