I’m delighted to tell you about a new book: Not Your Mother’s Retirement that hit the market in early March. It is a collection of 20 essays by distinguished retirement experts. I am thrilled to be one of the featured contributors, but even prouder of the fact that all contributors provided their essays on a pro-bono basis as all the royalties from the sale of the book will benefit cancer research and prevention.
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.
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This list of 100+ great resources is for boomers (and others) interested in fun, flexible and fulfilling second-act careers. There are lots of other “best-of” career lists out there, but as far as I know, this is the first and only one to focus on flexible, part-time and entrepreneurial options. So if you’re done with the “big” job and are eager to profit from your passions on a part-time basis, this is the list for you.
Of course, there is no way I could include every outstanding resource, so if you feel that a worthy resource has been left off this list, please do let me know by leaving a note in the comments section below.
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: