"No man is born into the world whose work is not born with him." James Russell Lowell
We are born with a job to do and have been given the talent, virtues and circumstances needed to fulfill that role. Yet, our task is to uncover exactly what is our unique life purpose or mission. Part of the process is uncovering our strengths and then consciously building upon these competencies.
Perhaps, you have identified your life's mission and become a co-creator of it in your career or by charting your own life's journey. If not yet, all kinds of wonderful and exciting things can still happen in an encore career before and during your retirement years. Knowing and implementing your life purpose allows you to connect with people of like-mind. Opportunities surface. You become clear on your direction. Time becomes your friend.
On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist writes about how baby boomers are changing retirement. Boomers are launching second careers, starting new businesses, dating, working out, helping their families financially, volunteering, going back to school, and aging in place.
Tom Sightings contributes to the encore career theme by offering a recent post Enough Money, Who Cares? And if you want to see his current effort, step into your time machine and travel over to It Wasn't So Long Ago.
The Design for Death Competition may sound a little off-putting, yet how often do you see some of the world’s most creative minds rethinking things as ingrained in the human experience as death and burial rituals? So much of our energy is put into inventing new gadgets and cultivating truly original ideas, that there is something to be said for improving upon the things that already exist. All this brings us to the most important question: would you be buried in a Mushroom Death Suit? Check out some of Amy Blitchok's favorite designs from the competition and be sure to weigh in with your own thoughts.
Putting it into Practice
There are golden threads that run through your life. If you've already detailed the principles you want to live by in your encore career, that is good. The next step is to write out the specific areas in your life where you have had personal success.
Values are tightly held beliefs. We act on our values by choice and they are important to us. They are the types of things that people will know us by. Here are some examples: Honest, trustworthy, eager, competent, flexible, approachable, etc. Write out your intangible values.
Giving back. Consider how it is you would like to contribute to society as a whole. Write these out.
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