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Take A Leap, Change Your Life

I'm at the Signal Mountain, Tenn. recreation center gym watching six pickleball teams battle it out. There's no air conditioning, and the air is thick with the sounds of the constant whop! whop! of paddles smacking balls, the screech of sneakers flying across the floor and the periodic outbursts of shouting and laughter when one team wins or loses a point. To say I'm in my happy place is to grossly understate the way I feel about being here; it's also the most shocking development in my life of late.

Should You Retire If You Can Afford To?

Many baby boomers are uncertain what to do in their third act of life.

There’s money in the bank after working hard for decades. The kids, if there are any, have (finally!) left home, making you and your spouse, if there is one, the so-called empty nester. In this sanguine scenario, you can stop doing the 9-to-5 grind and kick back to do, well, whatever.

Can You Ever Have Too Much Free Time?

New research sheds light on the relationship between spare time and happiness.

Imagine that you could take exactly the amount of time each day to do what you really wanted to do. How much time would you grab for yourself? Now ask yourself something else: If you actually could have that time in your life, starting today, would you be happier? Or, just maybe, would your temporal gift leave you dissatisfied?

My Favorite Career Reinvention Advice From a Legend

With entire industries pummeled by the pandemic, millions of older American workers are being forced to find new career paths. If you’re one of them, you’re likely struggling to find your way forward.

There’s no surefire formula for navigating a successful career pivot, especially now. But as a coach specializing in second acts, I think some of the best advice comes from Barbara Sher, an out-of-the-box thinker and pioneer in the career development industry, who died in May, at 84.

Build a Career As a Consultant in Retirement

The fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs is 50 years old or older. Learn what it takes to grow your own business.

Stan Kimer hadn’t planned on working after taking early retirement from IBM at age 55. He imagined filling his days with travel and volunteer service. But during a year of transitional coaching included in his retirement package, he decided to become an independent consultant. A decade later, he runs Total Engagement Consulting, a diversity and career development firm in Raleigh, N.C.

Early retirement sounds amazing, but it can take a toll on your mental health

IThe FIRE movement focuses on finances, but not so much on emotional well-being

“Jordan, a physician from Illinois, earned a fat paycheck, was frugal and had real-estate investments — a perfect candidate for early retirement, some might say.

When he learned about the FIRE movement, short for “Financial Independence, Retire Early,” Jordan knew his savings were enough to quit a practice that was slowly burning him out. But the idea of being financially independent made him anxious. Jordan felt he would not only be leaving a job, but the identity of a doctor that he worked so hard to build.

Second Act Success Stories: 5 Common Themes

What I've learned from 78 interviews for my 'Second Act Stories' podcast

It was a Friday afternoon in December when Paul Tasner’s boss asked him, “Hey, can you jump into a quick meeting with me before you take off for the weekend?” So, Tasner, then senior director for operations at a San Francisco-based manufacturing company, followed him into a conference room and saw the company’s director of human resources there.