Work with Passion in Midlife and Beyond
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Nancy Anderson’s book Work with Passion in Midlife and Beyond presents a simple process for reshaping your life both inside and outside the workplace. Her seven-step process for change begins by eliminating layers of physical and emotional clutter, and ends with finding a perfect work niche. Drawing on years of experience as a career counselor, Anderson helps us discover our passion path and follow it wherever it leads. For many people, midlife is a period in which certain existential questions much be addressed, such as “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” For some, this can lead to a great deal of confusion, which in turn causes the well-known “midlife crisis.” In order to survive this critical time, you must let go of values that have outlived their usefulness. This means simplifying your life and focusing on your passion. In Work with Passion in Midlife and Beyond, the author lays out a seven-step process you can use to simplify your life and apply your passions in the workplace. The seven step process is: 1. Streamline your life 2. Rewrite your life story 3. Recognize the passion clues and off-track signals 4. Create a template for success 5. Take small steps 6. Find your perfect niche 7. Savor success on your terms Today’s business environment is changing. Employers are beginning to see the immense value of older workers: their highly practical intelligence comes from a lifetime of trial and error. Eighty-three percent of Baby Boomers say they will continue working after age 60, and experts predict that these older workers will add trillions to the gross national product. Optimists even suggest that these workers will eliminate the predicted Social Security shortfalls. Even more encouraging, now is the best time in history to start your own business. With breakthroughs in healthcare and technology, you have no excuse not to follow your passion and make your later years the best years of your life.