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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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  • Questions to Help You Find Your Calling

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    If you’re a NPR geek like me, you’ve likely heard that Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps recently published a new book Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. Culled from over 65,000 recorded StoryCorps interviews, the stories demonstrate that vocational passion and fulfillment can be found in the most unexpected ways and places.

    I read the book this past weekend and enjoyed it thoroughly. I think you will too.

    While the book is more an inspirational read than a how-to guide, Isay includes a list of thought-provoking questions at the end of the book that I think are worth sharing. (Technically these questions are designed to get people to open for their StoryCorps interviews, but I think they’re equally useful as a means to help you find your calling).

    While not all the questions will resonate, at least a few should prompts some insights into your values, motivators and passions as you plan your second act.

    Here are some of my favorites:

    • What were the happiest moments of your life? The saddest?
    • Who has been the most important person in your life?
    • What lessons has your work life taught you?
    • What are you the proudest of in your life?
    • Are there any words of wisdom you’d like to pass along to me?
    • How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?
    • How would you like to be remembered?
    • Do you have any regrets?

    Interesting food for thought, no? I hope you’ll take some time to mull these over.

    To learn more about the book and to hear a few of the interviews, be sure to check out this NextAvenue.org post Finding Your Calling Through Work.

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  • Want to Make Money With Your Honey?

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    Thinking about working with your ‘honey’ during semi-retirement? Then you might enjoy reading Let’s Make Money Honey: The Couple’s Gide to Starting a Service Business by husband and wife team Barry Silverstein and Sharon Wood. It’s an entertaining and informative guide that offers how-to advice on each step of the entrepreneurial journey.

    This is certainly not the only book out there for couples interested in working together, but after reading it, there are three reasons why I recommend it:

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  • 10 Books To Help You Create a Great Semi-Retirement

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    Looking for a last-minute gift idea for that hard to buy older person on your list?

    Why not buy them a great book? Most people over 50 already have all the sweaters, cologne and socks they need, but a gift of inspiration and information is always welcome.

    So if you know someone who is getting ready to retire, here are my recommendations of 10 books sure to please:

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