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Can The Times Tell Us How to Live?

New York TimesFrom the New York Times, May 1, 2015 – Your Money Section:

Life’s Third Chapter”

Here are some selected quotes from the article:


  • The day you’re no longer the C.E.O., your life changes — so you have to decide what you want to do to move forward,” Mr. McInerney, 75, said. “The important thing to do is network with all your connections. I started talking to a lot of different people and opportunities arose.”
  • High-powered executives thrive on the next big thing. 
  • Many who have achieved considerable success in one field want to reach new heights in another field.
  • I think the most important thing is to be brave, not to be afraid of failing,”
  • Ask yourself, if you had infinite time and money, what would you want to do? “Write these things down,” Ms. Sedlar said. “Start to look now.” What does it take to get there?
  • “…becoming a learner” later in life brings additional satisfaction when you are “no longer carrying the organization’s responsibility.”
  • Mr. Seffrin recommends finding, or in his case having, a mission when you retire: “You need to find a way in which you are committed to something other than your ordinary self.” In short, he said, find a role in which you are making a difference in this world, and that’s what he intends to do. 

When it comes to the increasingly popular topic of what to do next in life when arriving at a major inflection point like retirement, even the revered “Grey Lady” of journalism, the NY Times, falls into the by-now familiar pattern of offering ‘inspiring’ stories and quoting clichéd advice.

People who have in some fashion ‘reinvented’ themselves love to tell their stories and dispense homilies like “…don’t be afraid of failing.” And the media, the morning talk shows, the lifestyle magazines, the newspapers, the blogs, love to keep reporting on these people and their stories as if it were new news. What’s worse, the stories are told repeatedly on the assumption that they will be a great aid to those ‘less fortunate’ people who haven’t yet discovered their new, life-altering mission.

Wrong…as we’ve noted, advice is the weakest intervention…that is, it’s the least powerful means of generating actual change…getting someone to go out and do something new and different.

An approach that does produce results is what good coaches do…ask questions, help the ‘client’ define the problem…help the ‘client’ come up with possible solutions…choose the one that best fits the situation, the one that really captures the ‘client’s’ interest and energy. What the ‘client’ creates is what he/she is most likely to act on.

Take a look at the ReInvention UnLtd approach…

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