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:
Several years ago, before my mom, Lore Jarmul, passed away at age 85, she wrote a really funny essay about our healthcare system. I’ll share that in just a bit, but first let me tell you a little more about her.
In many ways, Mom taught me much of what I know about second-act careers. She was a remarkable woman: mother of three, grandmother to seven and devoted community volunteer who emigrated from Germany in her teens and went on to earn an advanced degree in economics from Brown University.
“People who would consider it a bizarre breach of conduct to expect anyone to give them a haircut or a can of soda at no cost will ask you, with a straight face and a clear conscience, whether you wouldn’t be willing to write an essay or draw an illustration for them for nothing. They often start by telling you how much they admire your work, although not enough, evidently, to pay one cent for it.”
This quote comes from Tim Kreider’s brilliant NY Times opinion piece, Slaves of the Internet, Unite! - a must-read about how artists, writers and other creatives are being increasingly pushed to provide their services for free (or insultingly low rates) in the Internet economy.
I love when I have a chance to speak about the book and meet my readers. Fortunately, I’ve got several events coming up and admission is free unless otherwise noted. Here is a list of upcoming dates and venues: