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How To Get In Touch With Your Inner Hero

John Tarnoff | Posted 02.24.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

As boomers, we started off life as iconoclasts. We were the Woodstock Generation, the Counterculture Generation, the Me Generation. We turned on, tuned in and dropped out. But that didn't last very long.

The Best Retirement Plan Is Having A Job You Love

Reiner Lomb | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty
Reiner Lomb

Around the time I turned 50, I had the following dilemma to consider: either continue working for another 10 to 15 years in my old career to ensure a financially secure retirement, or change to a new career that is better aligned with my passion and purpose. After a period of struggling with this question, I finally decided to change to a new career in my mid-50s.

How One Boomer Created A Successful Career In Real Estate After 60

John Tarnoff | Posted 02.17.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

After 35 years in the same business, is it possible to turn on a dime and make a go of it in some entirely new field? The answer of course is "yes," but when you've been "downsized" or otherwise unceremoniously dumped by your company, it is still an incredibly unsettling and disorienting experience.

Learn This Boomer's 6 Franchise Business Success Lessons

John Tarnoff | Posted 02.03.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

When commercial pilot Paul Harris finally folded up his wings after decades working for the airline industry, he overcame his fears of starting a small business by acquiring a franchise, and taking advantage of the support and guidance he needed in order to be successful.

How Boomers Will Rise to Meet the World's Deep Needs

Reiner Lomb | Posted 01.28.2015 | Fifty
Reiner Lomb

Like millions of my fellow Baby Boomers, I deeply care about the future of our planet and the well-being of current and future generations. My concern is based on the values I grew up with on a farm, in a small village in West Germany after World War II.

Resetting Your Life for Retirement

Jason Alderman | Posted 01.16.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Here are some suggestions to help you figure out where you are on the pre-retirement spectrum and some changes you might consider.

You'll Never Guess How This Boomer is Reinventing Senior Discounts

John Tarnoff | Posted 01.13.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

David Harrison is turning coupons into causes. He and his wife Cindy have started Boomerang Giving, a non-profit dedicated to supporting our generation in giving back to causes we believe in, using a traditional (and perhaps cliche-ridden) to do it: the senior discount.

3 Transformative New Year's Resolutions For Boomers

John Tarnoff | Posted 12.30.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Many boomers are facing uncertain careers as we transition into 2015. We grew up believing in a fading myth: that if we got a good Education, and diligently pursued our Career, that we would be rewarded for our dedication with a sustaining pension for our Retirement.

3 Great Ideas For Satisfying Encore Careers

Next Avenue | Mark Feffer | Posted 12.27.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Mark Feffer To an increasing number of people, the idea of retiring at 65 is a non-starter. More and more boomers ar...

5 Reinvention Books Every Boomer Needs To Read

John Tarnoff | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

If 2014 was the year the youngest boomers turned 50, then 2015 will be the year for us to look ahead at the inevitable economic and cultural shifts that will kick the concept of "retirement" very far down (if not completely off) the road.

4 Social Media Rules To Help Reinvent Your Career

John Tarnoff | Posted 02.15.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Many of us in the boomer generation are emerging from decades in corporate jobs where the new world of social media may have only been tangential to our work. We are looking at reinventing ourselves with encore careers, and we will need social media skills to get those jobs.

Learn This Boomer's Very Sensible Career Reinvention Secret

John Tarnoff | Posted 01.17.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

To reinvent ourselves, we are well served to draw from our unique personal reflections and perspective on the world as a way of distinguishing ourselves in this new phase of our lives.

4 Reasons Why Our Longer Lives Are Going To Be A Blast

John Tarnoff | Posted 01.11.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Our generation is going to have a longer period in which to make a lasting impact. For some of us, it is going to mean that we're just going to be able to keep on going, and to maintain our direction and our output for longer.

Proof That Life Really Can Begin At 60

John Tarnoff | Posted 01.04.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

For anyone who needs proof that life can begin at 60, last week's Encore Conference 2014 in Tempe, Arizona was the place to find it.

Meet 2 Boomers Making A Real Impact Through Their Encore Careers

John Tarnoff | Posted 12.24.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Encore.org is preparing to honor social entrepreneurs over 60 at next week's Encore Conference. Through recognizing these Boomer pioneers, I believe we will begin to define a better sense of what our generation is capable of in the coming decades, and, most importantly, to better persuade the rest of society just how important our continued leadership is going to be for everyone's collective future.

Why 'Retirement' Is A Dirty And Dangerous Word

John Tarnoff | Posted 12.21.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Retirement has gone from being an expected right and privilege to a broken promise and a cruel joke. No use crying over spilled milk, but let's stop talking about Retirement as if it's going to happen -- or at least as if it's going to happen the way they told us it was going to happen.

Preparing for the Future of Work and the (Integrated) Pursuit of Happiness

Sophie Wade | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women
Sophie Wade

In moving to more customized work situations, responsibility and accountability also shifts towards the individual.

Why Middle-Aged People Should Consider Going Back To School

John Tarnoff | Posted 12.02.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Everyone we know is going to give us advice and tell us what they think we should do, and what will be right for us. As tempting as it is to take the advice, it will likely completely screw us up. Dare to look the gift horses in the mouth: their well-intentioned sympathy may also mask their own fears that they are themselves only one step away from our scary situation.

An Encore Professor

Jay Halfond | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jay Halfond

The choice to reinvent rather than retire is both exhilarating and daunting. Perhaps unique to academe, I can embark on this new career somewhat seamlessly within my own institution, within familiar surroundings.

How This Boomer Couple Found Love And Meaning By Backpacking The World

John Tarnoff | Posted 10.19.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Shifra Raz and Benny Rubinstein seem like just another happily retired couple living in Santa Monica, CA. Shifra was a teacher for much of her career, while Benny was trained as an engineer and worked as a project manager in the Southern California aerospace industry. Both Israeli immigrants to the U.S., they met and fell in love 17 years ago, on the heels of Shifra's divorce from her 31-year marriage.

A New Kind of Midlife Crisis for Women -- From Sea Turtles to Social Work

Amanda Orr | Posted 09.29.2014 | Women
Amanda Orr

Not only is it possible to turn a passion into a profession, it's even feasible to pursue a career in something you never even knew existed when you were starting out as a young professional.

Why I Want To Remain Twitter Illiterate

Laurie Levy | Posted 09.21.2014 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I must confess I have hit my limit with technology. While finishing 'The Circle' by Dave Eggers on my Nook, I updated my Facebook fan page linked to important stuff. Then I sent out a Constant Contact newsletter asking people to 'like,' forward, subscribe to, and read my blog. Next I tried to fix my blog to make it more likable. Ok, not easy, but so far I'm getting it.

10 Steps from Job Interview to Job Offer

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 08.29.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

Many employers view a job interview as something akin to an audition. This opportunity calls for your "A Game" and nothing less! So, dazzle them! Here's how.

How This Man Journeyed 7,000 Miles To Serve His Community

John Tarnoff | Posted 06.08.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

The adage that 'all politics is local' might also apply to social entrepreneurship. Bhagwati (B.P.) Agrawal is a social entrepreneur with a stellar corporate track record who decided to pivot into the non-profit world to address dire circumstances 7,000 miles away in his home state of Rajasthan in India.

5 Ways You Look Out-Of-Date In Your Job Search

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 06.01.2014 | Fifty
Susan P. Joyce

Fortunately for most of us, a job search is NOT something we do often enough to be really skilled at it. So, when the time comes to find a new job, we must look at what is effective now -- not what worked when we last hunted for a job 2, 5, or 10 years ago.