My third year of writing this weekly column begins today. And, just like the people in my upcoming book ("RIPE: Rich, Rewarding Work After 50 -- Your Guide to the Next, Best Phase of Your Career"), I'm constantly on the lookout for ways to keep my work fresh, to challenge myself and keep it interesting for you.
I'd been thinking about developing a theme that would allow me to continue to share stories of extraordinary men and women (including New Radicals and ripe pioneers). But I also wanted to broaden my focus.
As I sat down to write, I noticed today's date: 1/1/11. And that cinched it. This year, I'm going to write about the number one.
Yes, stories of singular human beings, as always, but also exceptional ideas, firsts and decisive moments.
We'll think together about "one" and what it means. Our obsession with it ("I'm number one!"). How we use it to change behaviour ("Buy one, get one free!"). And to expand the possibilities ("One small step...").
This column is a creative journey that will evolve as the year progresses. And a collaborative one -- I know you won't simply consume this weekly post, but continue to share it, and be part of it. Above all, my writing will remain what readers like you tell me it is -- a source of encouragement, of inspiration and of hope. That's right in line, by the way, with what Arianna Huffington is doing with this online newspaper of ours (for more on whither HuffPost, please read this terrific interview with Arianna from the Financial Times of London).
I secretly hope that, at the end of each week's read, you'll slap your knee and say, "Good one, Julia!".