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  • How to Create a Truly Meaningful Second Act

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    Before getting into today’s post, I wanted to share some exciting personal news. Yesterday, my nephew and his wife  welcomed healthy identical twin girls into our extended family.

    Now of course, the birth of a baby is always cause for celebration. But given the obvious (that it’s two!) and because of the high-risk nature of this particular pregnancy (both babies shared one amniotic sac which necessitated a 45-day hospital stay) we are doubly elated.

    I’m happy to report that despite their early arrival, both girls are thriving and already have us wrapped around their teensy-weensy fingers.

    And so, in honor of the arrival of our newest family members, it seems an appropriate moment to write on the topic of how to infuse meaning into a second act. As we grow older, many of us hope to use our second acts to leave the world a better place for future generations.

    But how to best do that? How can you use your hard-earned professional expertise in a way that really matters?

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  • How to Overcome the Fear of Career Change

    What is the single biggest obstacle people face when changing careers?

    I get asked that question almost every time I’m interviewed about career change and my answer is always the same.

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  • Too Old to Be What You Once Dreamed? Never say Never!

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    Think you’re too old to realize your childhood dreams? Think again.

    Let me share a story I recently saw on the TODAY show. It’s about Barbara Beskind, an employee with IDEO, a well respected design firm based in Silicon Valley. In a company and industry dominated by thirty-somethings, Barbara Beskind most definitely stands out.

    Why?

    Barbara is 91 years young. She began working at IDEO two years ago – when she was already 89, an age at which most are slowing down, not gearing up.

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  • 5 Second-Act Stories (and 5 tips for creating your own)

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    There’s nothing like reading an inspirational second-act story to get you energized about the possibilities for semi-retirement.

    I often write about those stories here on the site. But since I’ve hadn’t had much free time as of late to write, I wanted to share five stories that I recently found on the web. Enjoy!

    1. From Exec Recruiter to Yoga Instructor (Encore.org): Felice Brenner turned her love of yoga into an encore career teaching Pilates and yoga at the VA medical center.

    Takeaway Tip: ”You don’t want to be 70 or 80 years old and then say, ‘I could have, should have.’ Trust the things you love, get training or get motivated and something will happen that will lead you to the next thing.”

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  • Want a Second-Act Career? 20 Helpful Videos


    And the Oscar goes to…Okay, so clearly I am in no danger of being asked to walk the red carpet!

    But I was recently interviewed by Sarah Hiner, President of Bottom Line Publications, as part of a video series called, “Conversations with the Experts.”

    Sarah and I chatted about all things “career” for several hours. It was great fun, and as you’ll soon see, we covered lots of territory.

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