When I was a young girl growing up on suburban Long Island, in the 1950s, like all typical dreamers of that era, I used to fantasize about being a model.
If you're not reinventing yourself, your business, your point of view, your multi-platform communications, and your Internet persona -- you're behind history's curve.
Are you feeling content and grateful, but wish there was more going on in your life? Are you feeling fulfilled? Is there a stirring inside you to get excited about something, but you just can't put your finger on what would scratch that itch?
The aftermath of what many consider the worst presidency in our history has damaged the GOP, and party leaders choosing an entire roster of out-of-touch candidates in 2012 shows the damage is ongoing.
When I was married and struggling to come to terms with my diagnosis, I could not help but feel that my husband, deep down, felt like I was a burden. That he was a pack mule carrying the whole load of the responsibilities.
Any job seeker today knows that social networking sites like LinkedIn are invaluable resources for making important contacts. And, in addition to LinkedIn's effectiveness as a networking tool, many recruiters are now forgoing traditional methods of sourcing candidates and turning directly to this major site as their preferred method for identifying potential employees.
Dorie Clark's new book, Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future, is especially relevant for our increasingly technological world, and emphasizes social identity branding online.
Reinvention is a lot like revising a piece of writing. To reinvent, you review what currently is and ask yourself what's not moving the process ahead.
I'm not a Boomer, I'm a War Baby, born in October of 1944, the end of WWII. My generation survived everything, drugs, sex AND rock and roll. Hell, we invented them! We refuse to age; we will be dragged kicking and screaming into senility.
Just remember, as a mature job seeker, you'll want to take advantage of help from a wide variety of sources, select the methods and strategies that work best for you, and try to keep as optimistic as possible.
There's been some discussion in the news lately about the new definition of old, and what to call someone who's over 60. It seems that referring to adults as 'elderly,' 'old' or 'older' can sound wrong, regardless of how accurate it is.
If I never took that first step toward reinvention, the one where I put my corporate contacts in order and started my own business, I don't think I would have had the time or courage to publish my books.
Pick a "project" -- a room, a closet, your wardrobe, your food habits -- and give it some serious focus. What can you do to bring change into your life?
I've found that people who "start over" are often just returning to an old professional passion. Something that, for whatever reason, had to be put on hold.
Changing careers in midlife is not an easy transition for anyone -- especially once you've hit the over-50 classification and acquired your first AARP card.
The children of my generation grew up hopeful. Even if our goals and aspirations were not on the level of superstardom (although superstardom was considered an achievable destiny), we lived in a world where we were always told that if we wanted it enough, we could make it.