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.”
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.
I often joke that when I ask people what they want to do in retirement at least half of them will respond, “Consulting.”
Jokes aside, this response comes as no surprise. Consulting can be a great way to bridge the gap between full-time employment and retirement. That’ s why I wanted to share three key points from a recent NY Times article that highlights consulting as a second-act career:
I recently received a note from a new visitor to the website asking the following:
“ I want to travel, have motorhome – will travel, and would love to get paid for it. Any suggestions for career changes? Keep up the great work and hope to hear from you soon.”
Rather than respond to her directly, I thought it would be helpful to post my answer here, since so many of you would like to figure out ways to blend work and travel during semi-retirement.
Here are a few suggestions (and no, these tips aren’t just for folks with motor homes):
Whenever I speak about my book, I always get at least one question about how I got my book published. In all honesty, I find it somewhat surprising that so many people are interested in publishing a book during their semi-retirements.
After all, writing a book is a massive undertaking that takes time, persistence and marketing savvy (not to mention a really understanding spouse and a love of coffee).
In any case, if you’re an aspiring author, one of the decisions you’ll need to make, sooner rather than later, is whether to self-publish or pursue a traditional publishing contract.