Deciding a major shake-up of our lives was necessary to heal from the breakdown of our family, we turned to our longstanding passion for travel. So we chucked it all to travel around the world for a year. What would we do when we returned? We had no idea.
Holding my cup of coffee on a Sunday morning, I looked out my window at the radiant blue sky. Living on the fifth floor of an ancient apartment building affords me excellent views of Florence. And, as evidenced by the Renaissance masters, the ethereal light in Italy is unlike anywhere else.
Reinvention is about evolution, not necessarily doing something over because you didn't do it right the first time. It's about what's next, what else is there for you, how you can make your life even greater than it is now and perhaps try something you've only dreamed of.
Want to find work fast? Even more, do you want to land a position that pays well and you will actually enjoy? You're likely thinking that achieving the above is next to impossible. After all, older job-seekers hear more than their share of discouraging news. But the statistics cited in these pieces are generalities. In truth, there's a lot you can do to maximize your own chances for success.
Lately, I've been missing things. I miss seeing my kids everyday and I miss my youth. I miss the bar that my husband and I went to every Friday night in our 20s, to eat thick burgers and drink cold beer. I miss being a teenager and listening to the Rolling Stones when Mick Jagger was 30-something. I miss being a driven graduate student. I miss being a young mother.
Four years ago, I lost my job. I was sad, angry and unsure about what I wanted to do next. I knew, though, that I didn't want to go back into the corporate world, where the chances of another layoff down the line would have been pretty high. Yet, I was confused.
The other night, our book group welcomed a new member. It's been a long time since we added someone to our group, so we decided to spend a minute introducing ourselves. You know, the usual drill: tell a little about yourself, like the names and ages of your children, where they go to school or work, etc.
The impasse resulted from the politics of can't -- we can't compromise, we can't negotiate, we can't stop showing the nation (and the world) that we're inept.
Being 20 is not better than being 90. It's just different. At 90, I'm more aware of being alive. I'm more appreciative of my life. I'm more compassionate. I'm more patient. I'm more cognizant of what I do. Yes, at 90, it's different AND better!
Do you have a clear-cut definition of who you are and how you want to live? Have you defined your personal self apart from your work self? Are they one and the same?
More magazine is the mother of all reinvention magazines. Every month, it seems, there's another story about a woman who quit her high-paying job as a corporate attorney/brain surgeon/college professor to follow her passion and make dreamcatchers/bake gluten-free cupcakes/start a philanthropic foundation. With shiny, happy faces, these women tell us that YES! we can do it too. We can reinvent ourselves and have a whole new life... if we just try.
Reinvention is about focusing on today and tomorrow, but not so much about clinging to decisions that held you back last week or last year.
The success of your job interview is contingent upon several factors: the impact of your first impression, your ability to handle yourself well and speak to your strengths, how well your skills and experience match with the general requirements of the position, your personality and your overall professionalism. This all-important conversation is your moment to shine.
With a jolt of gratitude, I realize that I will walk into my new quarters on two legs and care for myself with two capable hands. My body is up to the task, supported by an ever more creative mind and an undaunted spirit.
So network smart and use these three powerful phrases to build and maintain your list of contacts. People do get people jobs and, with the right referrals, you just might land one before you know it. After all, securing a new position is the very best way to work your network!
With economic and technological disruption have come freedom, creativity, and chaos. People can experience all of the effects of these three states of mind in one day or in one hour of their lives.