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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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  • Should You Self-Publish Your Book?

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    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.

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  • Ready for your Encore? 4 Must-Know Resources

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    “Helping people is harder than it looks. And yet, every now and then, if you’re willing to take a risk, you can have a truly transformative impact in ways that will continue to ripple out to other people.” - – Nick Kristof, Pulitzer prize winning journalist and co-author of the newly released book, A Path Appears, speaking during the closing keynote of Encore 2014: Building an Encore Nation.

    I just returned from the Encore 2014 conferenceand without a doubt, it was the single best conference I have ever attended – three days of inspiration and unparalleled networking opportunities. For those of you unfamiliar with Encore.org, it is an organization and movement dedicated to second acts for the greater good and the belief that post-midlife is a time to use one’s personal skills and experience to help others.

    I’ll be writing more about the conference on Next Avenue later this month, but in the meantime, being at the conference reminded me to share some of the many helpful Encore resources that you can use to plan your own purpose-focused second act.

    Here are four of my favorites:

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