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How to Pick a Career

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. ~ H. L. Mencken What I often find interesting when someone contacts me about how to pick a career is that they expect the answer to pop out of the air as easily as a sexy girl or guy pops out of a cake. Yeah right. It generally doesn’t work that way. If it did, they wouldn’t need me. When someone contacts me about how to pick a career from the perspective of getting an immediate answer, the conversation generally goes one of two ways: They
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Categories: Baby Boomers, Blog, Career Transition, and Home Page Recent Posts.

Successful Career Transitions Require Passion, Purpose, a Paycheck®…and a Parachute!

“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” ~ Louise E. Boone A comment posted by a friend on a Facebook photo of my skydiving experience made me chuckle. He posted “Passion, Purpose, a Paycheck…and a Parachute!” That made me think! It’s a no-brainer that most successful career transtions require Passion, Purpose, and a Paycheck®. In addition, wouldn’t you just LOVE to have a parachute? Just like skydiving, making a big career change feels risky. It would be INSANE to throw yourself out of a perfectly good airplane without a parachute. It would also be
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Categories: Blog, Career Transition, Home Page Recent Posts, and Sexy Second Act.

Take Your Career from “What If? to “Hell Yeah!”

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny.  ~ Napoleon Bonaparte I used to worry. A LOT! Worrying is anything BUT sexy. It drags you down and it drags everyone around you down. What-ifs keep you from doing anything the least bit risky…or the least bit exciting or FUN!  That’s not sexy either. What-ifs stop you if you don’t look beyond whatever yucky outcome your brain comes up with – like… I’ll die I’ll fail I’ll look bad I’ll feel rejected I’ll feel humiliated That’s where I
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Categories: Blog, Career Transition, Home Page Recent Posts, and Sexy Second Act.

What Stands Between You and Your Sexy Second Act?

Nothing is against you other than your perspective. Michael Beckwith Isn’t it amazing how one statement can be so profound, simple and elegantly stated? And yet, so challenging to believe! Do you think you can’t start over in this economy? People ARE starting over. Do you think you’re too old to design a Sexy Second Act life or career? Older people ARE designing them. Do you think it’s too late to have a career that fulfills you? People ARE starting satisfying businesses. People ARE finding jobs they love that combine Passion, Purpose, and a Paycheck!® What’s the difference between you
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Categories: Blog, Career Transition, Encore Career, Fresh Start, Home Page Recent Posts, and Sexy Second Act.

Why Celebrate Your Breakdowns?

Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.   ~ Martha Beck How would you think about your life and world events differently if you saw breakdowns as worthy of celebration rather than something to be feared, distrusted or avoided? Okay, it’s true. It’s hard to celebrate something that doesn’t FEEL good. If they did they wouldn’t be called “breakdowns”.  And when you’re in the middle of one it’s hard to see beyond it to the gift it has in store for you.
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Categories: Blog, Career Transition, Encore Career, Entrepreneur, Fresh Start, Home Page Recent Posts, and Life Purpose.

The Long and Winding Road

 There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way. ~ Christopher Morley When I was unexpectedly laid off my corporate job, the route to my future was FAR from planned out. I had to start where I was with what I had… A LOT of uncertainty A passion for coaching An idea that I wanted to make a living helping people like me who were going through an unanticipated career transition. Beyond that, I didn’t have a clue how to get started. It’s been a long and winding road. I’ve come to appreciate
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Categories: Blog, Career Transition, Home Page Recent Posts, and Life Purpose.

Staying True to the Power of a Dream

Being on a tightrope is living; everything else is waiting. ~ Karl Wallenda Did you watch? Were you transfixed as Nik Wallenda walked across Niagra Falls on a tightrope with almost nothing between him and catastrophe but his faith in the power of a dream? Everything I believe in when it comes to staying true to the power of a dream was right there. He had a vision that came from his heart He had a purpose and a passion He was WILLING to take risks and overcome whatever obstacles got in his way His vision kept him strong and focused
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Categories: Blog, Encore Career, and Home Page Recent Posts.

Yes! You Can Be an Entrepreneur!

Regardless of who you are or what you have been, you can be what you want to be. – W. Clement Stone Have you been thinking about, dreaming about, or speculating about what it would be like to be an entrepreneur? Have you put the thought aside because you aren’t sure you can do it? Me too…once upon a time. However, after spending most of my life in corporate and after going through a career transition, I’m living proof that – as self made billionaire entrepreneur Reid Hoffman says in this article – ANYONE can be an entrepreneur. And everyone
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Categories: Blog, Career Transition, Encore Career, Entrepreneur, and Home Page Recent Posts.

Learning the Encore Career Lingo

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Something fascinating happens in language when a new paradigm arises. Think about the lingo that’s cropped up with the advent of social media. A whole new lingo was created so that we had a way to talk about it. Now a whole new lingo appears to be surfacing to give us a way to talk about activities associated with
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Categories: Blog, Career Transition, Encore Career, Home Page Recent Posts, Protirement, and Social Media.