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!
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:
I opened the e-mail and gasped. The note read: “Scott Dinsmore, the founder of Live Your Legend, died earlier this week in a freak accident while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.”
The news would have been tragic under any circumstances. But this accident occurred while Scott, age 32, and his beautiful wife Chelsea were pursuing a dream – taking a year to travel the world and visit with their Live Your Legend Local communities along the way. Along with thousands of other online fans, I’ve been following his extraordinary adventures and living vicariously through his experiences.
I did not know Scott personally. I never even so much as exchanged an e-mail with him. But I was a fan. Although a generation younger than most of my colleagues, Scott was wise beyond his years. He always offered a fresh, smart and thought-provoking take on living a life that matters. His spirt was infectious, his advice sound and his joie de vivre palpable.
I’ve often said that there is much to be learned about the career reinvention process from nature. I was reminded of this phenomena yet again this summer, courtesy of a rogue pumpkin plant growing in our backyard.
As you can see in the photo below, the plant is a force of nature. From the time it first sprouted in July, this vine has grown like a wildfire: anchoring its roots into the ground, climbing up the deck and winding its tendrils around anything in its path.