How to thrive in work after 40 despite challenging times
A challenging time
This is a year of financial turmoil in which millions of people around the world have seen their retirement nest eggs shrink, and their houses decrease
in value. For many, a generalized anxiety about their future keeps them up at night.
While I can appreciate this current state, in many ways this panic is self-induced by our society. I have never understood the concept of investing for
the future when the present isn't providing a joyful and fulfilling life.
An unhappy and unfulfilling life is the current state for millions of Americans, and according to my research, this proves true for most people over forty
when it comes to work.
The majority of people just wait out their work years, until the time when their investments are big enough for them to finally retire, so they can do
something else. The problem with this strategy, as we've seen in the economic crisis of 2008 and 2009, is that life gets in the way.
Retirement no longer makes sense
Retirement is no longer an idea that makes sense. People are living longer, in many cases well into their eighties, and the idea of simply retiring
twenty, or even thirty, years earlier no longer makes sense. We have the word "retire" thanks to the French, and it originally meant to "slow down" or
"crawl under." That is the last thing people want to do in mid-life.
As I write this article, I am fifty-two years old, and I feel like I am thirty-two. I have more energy now than I did in my younger years, and I have many
projects planned. The thought of stopping my work feels no different to me than the thought of dying. And this is exactly what happens to most people
when they stop working. They grow old and bored quickly, which leads to a focus on the past, followed by death.
The idea I would like to present is that at mid-life, we should stop working at "just a job," and starting living an authentic life.
In 2001, I trademarked the term "vocational passion." What I mean by v