What and Why?

“All men should strive to learn before they die What they are running from, and to, and why.” – James Thurber   Our belief systems – how we make sense of the world — are installed in us at a very young age. We absorb them from our parents. We learn them in school and […]

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Midlife Makeover: The Writer Is In

Pat Stirnkorb was a salesperson, but she knew in her heart she was a writer. Writing made her happy. Once she felt free to embrace that reality, it became her destiny. “This is what I love. This is my gift. I love every moment of being on the keyboard and in front of my monitor.” Her […]

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Corporate Big Shot to Bed & Breakfast

I have a hunch that Ellen Goldberg was lucky to embark upon her second career more than ten years ago before hitting 50. The job of Innkeeper running a bed and breakfast apparently has a poor record for longevity. Most people only last about 7 years. Had she waited ten years, I wonder if she’d […]

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Starting Over at 35 in Costa Rica

Brett Schroeder’s story about giving up his life in the advertising business to live “minimally” in Costa Rica for the past 10 years is surprisingly tempting, even for me, and I’m a city kinda guy. To make a new life for himself, he had to improvise, which included starting a business and hustling for odd […]

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Boomers Relaunch into Retirement

I enjoyed this piece by Rodney Brooks in USA Today exploring a number of Baby Boomer reinventions. He looks at people who decide to write and publish books, people who turn their talents to helping others (Benefactors), and people who start their own businesses (CEOwners). Although writing a book is no easier than it ever was, getting […]

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The Myths of the Myths of Entrepreneurship

Pardon me, but I must protest. Slava Rubin, founder and CEO of indiegogo is a successful entrepreneur, but his recent speech at SXSW Interactive, The Top Ten List of Entrepreneurship Myths, covered on Entrepreneur.com, offers some myths of its own. And for prospective CEOwners, believing these myths could be dangerous. Fair warning: we are all […]

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Expatriate Living: The Total Life Transplant

The ultimate voluntary destruction of my comfort zone would be for me to move permanently to another country. Not knowing the language or the local customs and not having any friends or family to rely on, I’d be a stranger in a strange land. Today I’m the same old me drifting around my neighborhood, knowing […]

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How to Fail as an Entrepreneur

  Just follow the advice offered by Leo Babauta in his recent post on zenhabits.net, “The Not Knowing Path of Being an Entrepreneur.” I’m a fan of Leo’s. I read zenhabits regularly, and I have bought his excellent book,The Power of Less, which I’ve read twice. For the most part, I find Leo’s Buddhist worldview […]

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Midlife Gap Years: Vision Quests for Boomers

I found a series of three interesting articles by journalist and author David Ferrell, focusing on travel and its transformative effects. The first examines the concept of midlife gap years — “self-authorized career breaks [to] reap the restorative benefits of time off.” And not just time off loafing around the neighborhood, but extended personal sabbaticals in […]

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To Reinvent Yourself, Defeat Your Lizard Brain and Ship!

If you’re wondering why you’ve spent the last several months or years or maybe your entire adult life up to now thinking about things you’d like to do or be or know, but not acting on those desires, Seth Godin can enlighten you. It’s your “Lizard Brain” – that deeply ingrained subliminal aversion to any […]

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