I always thought that once I retired, it would be fun to be a ski instructor. I mean I've skied since high school and have kept myself in pretty good shape so why not give it a whirl? After all, my early retirement is all about doing fun things -- doing fun things while I'm still able to thoroughly enjoy them.
Sometimes you lead your life and sometimes your life leads you. While working for a major department store in Tampa, Florida, I was led by my store manager away from my original dream to a second-floor office with the title "Human Resource Director" on the door.
I want to be a buyer! I want to travel the nation and buy beautiful clothing while using other people's money. The dream that began at age seven became a reality years later. The offer came from May-Cohen's in Jacksonville, Florida.
Why is our society so dismissive and negative about big changes that happen in midlife? And what if midlife reinvention, as I prefer to call it, isn't a crisis at all but an opportunity for self-discovery as we transition from one phase of life to another?
Not too many years ago I was a washed-up empty nester, a sad, depressed ex-soccer mom with no clue about what to do next. The bloom had fallen off my stem in a dull and squishy mess, and I watched from my lonely window as new school children of new moms kicked my old bloom into the gutter.
Ever had a thought ... I'd love to do this or that but it's too late, I'm too old, I'd have one foot in the grave by the time I finished studying, training, building or beginning and competing with folks 30 or 40 years my junior.
No brand is static. Even if key elements, such as a logo, remain familiar over the course of decades--think of the iconic Nike swoosh, which has been around since the early 1970s--it must still change, even subtly, in order to stay fresh and grow.
Taking time to review the direction of your career is vital to your success in today's ever-changing job market. Therefore, as the new year begins, be certain to ask yourself the big questions.
Twelve words in a Bill Bryson book changed my friend Ann's life. Ann was 34, living in her native England, and bored by her job as an office manager for a government contractor. Then she read Bryson's book.
Recently I turned 62 but felt no panic in spite of nearing retirement age. You might think this is the bragging of a rich man. Hardly. In addition to Social Security my retirement will be only $350 per month. Why am I not in panic mode? It's because several years ago I did three things.
In a world that prizes how fast something can be done, we are no longer allowing ourselves to sit in the middle of a mistake or a failed attempt and mull it over, view it differently, or to even make a mistake at all.
Looking to get back in the game over 50? The job game or the dating game? When it comes to psyching myself up, dusting off the conversational cobwebs...
Ask any woman who is over 40 if they have had to reinvent themselves and my guess is over half of them will say 'yes.' We leave our childhood homes and naively believe we will follow a certain path and eventually get to where we want to go.
For us, that's what Medellin is -- the most comfortable and pleasant place we know to settle in, settle back, and simply savor the setting, the circumstance, and the company. For our family, this is as good as it gets.
Photo Courtesy Shutterstock.com For some folks, it's the parties and the midnight kisses on New Year's Eve. For others, it's the love and good luck ...
We all search for what brings meaning to us at different times in our lives. We may not have nine like the proverbial cat, but we all have more than one. We work at different things and we hope we get lucky. But my father told me more than once, 'Don't wait to get lucky in life. Make your own luck.'