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.
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:
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:
“If you want your retirement to be successful, you must do two things. First, you need to equip yourself with the information you’ll need on your journey into the world of Social Security, Medicare, Medigap, long-term care insurance, pensions and 401(k) plans. Second, you need to decide what you want to do in retirement.”— Stan Hinden, author of How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire
So true – if you want the flexibility to do what you want to do in your second act, you first need to pay attention to the financial pieces of this puzzle. That’s why I suggest you read this book.
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.