What choice of words do you use when asked to describe your career? If you’re like most people, you probably default to your job title:
I am an IT professional.
I am a doctor.
I am a project manager.
That makes sense. Job titles give us a neat and clean way to package ourselves at cocktail parties and networking events. But when it comes to career reinvention, job titles are problematic. They box us in, constrain our thinking and prevent us from acknowledging the full range of our unique gifts and talents.
And that brings me back to Matthew McConaughey…
One of the most common questions I get asked about second-act careers is, “How do I know when is the right time to retire from my big job in order to pursue something new?”
In truth, there is no one formula for determining the optimal retirement date. In the “old” days, people worked until they were 65 (give or take a few years), had a retirement party, and then moved on. But in today’s job market, few people have a pre-defined retirement date – some retire at age 50 while others work until age 70 or later.
Deciding when to quit, and how best to move on, is a complex decision. That’s why I wanted to share this NPR interview with Alan Bernstein, co-author of Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Love, Life, and Work. It’s a fascinating discussion about how to best figure out your options when you’re trying to decide if you should go or if you should stay.
Most of what I write about here on MyLifestyleCareer.com is for people who are ready to move past working “for the man” in favor of creating their own income. That said, I realize that some of you would like nothing more than to find a part-time job - with benefits if possible.
So to help you do just that, here are 8 helpful articles/ resources I pulled together on this topic:
Here are links to some of my favorite second-act career posts from 2013. They represent the best from this blog and from my column on NextAvenue.org (which you’ll also find on Forbes.com).
Enjoy – and do let me know which topics you’d like to see me write about during 2014. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
- How to Start a Second-Act Career in a College Town: Dream of retiring to a college town? Here are some ways you might be able to generate some income when you do.
- Want a Second-Act Career as a Writer? 10 Resources You Can’t Afford to Miss : Lots of resources and useful sites for people interested in turning their passion for writing into profits.
- 5 Sites to Inspire Your Second-Act: These sites are sure to expand your world of possibilities, empower you with helpful resources and inspire you to move forward with your own reinvention journey.
- Love Pets? 6 Ways to Profit From Your Passion: Americans spent more than $55 billion nationwide on pet-related products and services in 2012. In this post I explain how to profit from this trend.
Hard as it is for me to believe, today marks exactly one year since the publication of Second-Act Careers. Wow, what a journey! Thank you to everyone who bought the book, recommended it to friends, attended my talks and wrote such generous reviews. I am truly grateful for your kind feedback and support.
One of my favorite chapters in the book, 10 Reinvention Lessons Learned, highlights why some people reinvent successfully, while others struggle to find their calling. The lessons remain as valid today as when I originally wrote them.
But in honor of the book’s one year anniversary, I wanted to add a few more tips to supplement the original list. So with thanks for the insights provided by the many people who shared their stories at my book talks, as well as those I interviewed for my career column on NextAvenue.org, here are five more reinvention tips to consider: