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  • Five Books to Gift People Who Want to Work After Retirement

     

    With the holiday season upon us, here are a few new reads from 2017 (and one from 2016) that make great gifts for the hard-to-buy boomers on your shopping list:

    Design Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans is based on the authors’ wildly popular course on how to leverage design principles to create a more satisfying life and career. Although the Burnett/Evans course is geared towards undergrads, the program is equally useful for people of all ages, and so is their book.

    Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive by Dorie Clark. Whether you hope to either start your own business, consult or freelance during retirement, this book is a must-read. Definitely one of my favorite books of the year!

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  • Book Recommendation: When I Grow Up I Want to Be

     

    Normally, this blog focuses on semi-retirement advice. But in this post I want to talk about a terrific new book that can help you provide career guidance to the special young people in your life.

    If you’re looking for a meaningful gift for your grandchild/niece/nephew/etc., consider giving them a copy of WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE…, by Karleen Tauszik. This delightful book is the first-ever career journal designed for kids ages 6-18. It’s a wonderful way to encourage them to start thinking about their strengths and talents from an early age.

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  • SmartBrief Your Way to a Second-Act Career

    One of my favorite free resources for keeping up with what’s going on in the world of retirement and careers is SmartBrief.com. Every day they send me an email with a curated list of links to the top five or six articles in my interest areas. It’s a super-convenient way to keep myself current on the latest second-act related trends, news and resources.

    And it’s a terrific resource to research possible second-act careers.

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  • Fabulous Training for Second-Act Entrepreneurs

    I recently spent some time on Lynda.com, a site owned by LinkedIn that has over 5000 video tutorials on a wide range of business, technology and creative skills topics. Membership starts at $19.95 a month, but increasing numbers of public libraries (including mine!) provide access to Lynda’s courses for free. (And you can take advantage of the 10-day free trial period if you want to test out the site before purchasing a membership).

    It’s an incredible resource filled with wide-range of classes that can help jumpstart your second-act business. Here are just a few of the titles that you might find intriguing:

    Sell on Etsy (online e-tailer for crafty types)

    Contracting for Creatives

    Become an eBook Publisher

    Find and Test Your Business Idea

    Starting a Business

    Setting Up Your Small Business as a Legal Entity

    There are plenty more courses of interest. Check it out – and let me know what you think!

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  • My Top 16 Second-Act Career Posts of 2016

    Happy New Year! Over the holiday break I took some time to go through my posts from the various sites I write for (NextAvenue.org, Forbes.com, USNews.com, and of course, MyLifestyleCareer.com) selected 16 of my favorites, and compiled them into one mega-post.

    Enjoy – and here’s to YOU launching a meaningful, fulfilling and fun second act in the year ahead. Together, let’s make 2017 your best year yet!

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