If you woke up today bored and restless before you even managed to pull yourself out of bed, you might need a shot of reinvention. Lucky you. Jane Pauley has a jolt for your imagination. In Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life, Ms. Pauley has combined a self-effacing personal memoir (her second) […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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For most of my life I thought of retirement as something people did when they were too worn out to do anything else. Retirement meant having nothing important to do and nobody important interested in what you did. It was the end of things. You retired when you could finally afford to leave work that […]
Lane Changers are people who change careers to pursue their joy or follow their purpose. I’m not talking here about just changing jobs, making some minor alteration within an established career. I’m talking about major change, reinventing yourself, like the guy who sold his business and went back to school at age 65 to become […]
About The Author
I’m Rick Barlow, and I’ve created The Rest of Your Life because I am drawn to stories of personal change and reinvention. They fascinate me. So I’ve decided to make a place where I can collect, explore and share these stories, and provide information to people interested in creating change in their own lives.
- Expatriate Living: The Total Life Transplant May 4, 2013
- How to Fail as an Entrepreneur March 25, 2013
- Benefactors: Living to Serve July 3, 2011
- Imagine You Renewed April 27, 2014
- What and Why? July 21, 2013
- Midlife Makeover: The Writer Is In July 20, 2013
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