Both the career and retirement landscapes are changing. In fact, I will be surprised if either of those words are even used in the future.
Experts say that young people who have graduated from college in recent years will have several different careers during their lifetimes, some in fields that don’t even exist yet.
At the other end of the spectrum, traditional retirement is going the way of the dinosaur. Many older people are continuing to work into their 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s, some because they need the income and others because they want to continue working, perhaps not primarily for the income, but because for the first time they have the freedom to do something they love.
That leaves those in the middle of these two age groups. Many of these people have chosen careers where they’ve achieved a certain level of success. They may be millennials, both working, with small children, who are doing the best they can to provide a comfortable life for their families. Or, perhaps they are older, the kids are grown, they’ve created a nice lifestyle and are just hanging in there, counting down the days until they can retire.
It is this middle group, by far the largest in the workforce, and some people who have already retired, where I see the most discontent. I’d like to see that change.
At age 50 I started a new chapter of my life. I left my highly successful, prestigious corporate job to create my business. As I’m writing this I’m 63 years old and, except for an amazing childhood, these past 13 years have been the best years of my life.
I am blessed with clients I adore, a business that sustains and nurtures me, a great marriage, loving friends and family, and the freedom to live life in a place I absolutely love.
There is never a time that is too soon or too late to create a new chapter in your life. Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft at age 20. At age 27, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. left his job at General Electric to start his full-time writing career. At age 49, Julie Child published her famous book, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” At age 60, Louise Hay founded the now global publishing company, Hay House Publishing. At age 78, Grandma Moses began painting.
And, some less well-known “new chapter creators” include Allan Stewart, who at age 91 received his law degree from the University of New England and Harry Bernstein who published his first novel, “The Invisible Wall” at age 96.
What are you planning for your next chapter?
Research shows that having something to look forward to is one of the key ingredients of living a fulfilling and happy life. Regardless of your age, your next chapter just might be your best chapter, so what will your next chapter be?
I have helped hundreds of clients over the years create the next chapter in their lives. If you need some help in creating yours, just let me know.