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The Big Shift by Marc Freedman
This is a title of a new book just released in the USA by Marc Freedman. Marc is in his early 50’s and has three young children. He is an expert in encouraging the retiring generation to consider taking on an ENCORE Career instead of the old style Retirement. He defines this as the intersection of continued income, deeper meaning and social impact.
He describes the BIG SHIFT like this “ I found myself struggling with one path that looked backwards to what I knew and another that would go forward in an unfamiliar direction” .There is a growing pull towards not only a new phase of work but towards a different kind of life and a new set of priorities. It’s the story of a generation’s movement into unfamiliar terrain, an often awkward adventure that carries with it the potential to be one of the greatest transformations of the twenty first century.
He also states the following: “Never before, have so many people had so much experience and the time and the capacity to do something significant with it. That’s the gift of longevity, a daunting assignment, creating a life stage and rewriting the course of life “Inventing a new stage of life is a conscious decision that won’t happen by itself, easily or automatically, even as the soil becomes more fertile and conditions increasingly ripen. This book issues a call to action for creating the new stage and offers a set of prescriptions for realizing this opportunity. If we act, the new stage could well become a destination, even the new crown of life, and the individuals flooding into it the human-capital solution to much that ails us in this society. As we confront significant challenges in areas like education, the environment, and health care, this windfall of talent could help carry us toward a new generation of solutions”
“The fifties are frequently the on-ramp to the emerging stage, a time of consideration, exploration, and reflection, focused on what’s next?” Buy Now
The Boomer Century 1946-2046 by Richard Croker
The Baby Boom generation has always been known as a demographic anomaly and these 77 million Americans have dominated our society for the past 60 years, setting trends and revolutionizing entire industries. They didn’t just date, they transformed sex roles and practices. They didn’t just go to the doctor, they reinvented healthcare. And now retirement and aging will never be the same as the oldest boomers move into their 60s with no thoughts of traditional retirement or old-age homes! Featuring insightful interviews and essays from Baby Boomers like Dr. Andrew Weill, Erica Jong, Eve Ensler, Rob Reiner, Oliver Stone, Lester Thurow, and Tony Snow, THE BOOMER CENTURY is an entertaining, historical and cultural look at a truly amazing generation. Buy Now
The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now, and they come to the chapter Y2K to March 2004 , what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing, creating an explosion of wealth in the middle classes of the world’s two biggest nations, giving them a huge new stake in the success of globalisation? And with this flattening’ of the globe, which requires us to run faster in order to stay in one place, has the world got too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner?In this brilliant new book, the award-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman demystifies the brave new world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering global scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the 21st century; what it means to countries, companies, communities and individuals; and how governments and societies can, and must, adapt. Buy Now
Re-imagine by Tom Peters
This title explores ways of turning accepted business organization and wisdom on its head.
It seeks to destroy the tyranny of feudal-style businesses in favour of the approach of enterprising, ideas-driven organizations that encourage creativity and in which everyone has a vision and a voice. Buy Now
Mind The Gap by Graeme Codrington and Sue Grant-Marshall
This book is for you if you want to know why your 18-year-old son isn’t interested in being a doctor-he wants to save the whales, or why your grandfather gives you Big Band CDs for your birthday. This book is also for you if your secretary knows more than you do or your grandson calls you Peter instead of granddad. In short, this book aims to promote understanding between the generations. This is vitally important in our most defining relationships-those between parents and children. We are so influenced by our parents that understanding them will help us to understand why they influence us-and, therefore, help us to better understand ourselves. What can be learned from this book can be extended to all other relationships-with bosses, teachers, grandparents and so on. Once you understand their ‘generational’ behaviour, you’ll have a clearer picture of why they are like they are. So, chuck the tranquillisers and read this book. Life will never be the same again! Buy Now
Half Time by Bob Buford
Are you ready to move into the second half of your life? Bob Buford believes the second half of your life can be better than the first. Much better. But first, you need time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. In Halftime, Buford focuses on this important time of transition—the time when, as he says, a person moves beyond the first half of the game of life. It’s halftime, a time of revitalization and for catching a new vision for living the second half, the half where life can be lived at its most rewarding. As Buford explains, “My passion is to multiply all that God has given me, and in the process, give it back.” Features of this newly updated and expanded edition include a foreword by Jim Collins, the bestselling author of Good to Great; new questions for reflection or discussion at the end of each chapter; brand new “halftime” stories of men and women enjoying a second half of significance; specific halftime assignments to guide readers into their second-half mission; an essay by Bob on “The Wisdom of Peter Drucker”; a special update from the author on how the halftime movement is growing nationally, and links to outstanding resources. Midlife. Halftime. It doesn’t have to be a time of crisis. It can be a catalyst for purpose, impact, and growth. Bob Buford provides the encouragement and insight to propel your life on a new course away from mere success to true significance—and the best years of your life. Buy Now
How to Retire without Retreating by Johnnie Godwin
Godwin provides practical insights on the mental and spiritual preparation that can make retirement a new beginning, a time of productivity, and truly “life’s best chapter.”
I’m the author of this book, which is a revision of an earlier book I wrote on retirement as life’s best chapter. Other than ego, why would I review my own book? Well, because it is distinctive if not unique in its approach to retirement as a lifestyle and not one steeped in anxiety about financial matters. Further, it comes out of my own life and research and interviews with other retirees. It is a practical book that takes the slant that retirement isn’t for an indulgent life that just luxuriates in selfishness; rather, it is a chapter that may be long or short but should be filled with mini-chapters of variety, flexibility, and a fine mix of personhood that reflects stewardship of all of life. I’ve been retired [read “downsized”] 19 years as of 2011. But within that time, I’ve been productive in three or four other types of careers besides life’s leisure and enjoyment with my wife and family. Buy Now
Don’t Retire, Rewire by Jeri Sedlar and Rick Miners
5 Steps to Fulfilling Work That Fuels Your Passion, Suits Your Personality, or Fills Your Pocket.
A recent AARP survey found that 80% of baby boomers plan to continue working in some form past the age of 65—either for the money or for the fun of it. Today’s retirees are looking for work situations that are mentally and emotionally rewarding. The problem is that many are not sure how to find them. This new edition helps you define what kind of work is best suited for your passions and interests, and guides them through the process of obtaining such work—whether it’s a part-time job, volunteer work, or a second career. Buy Now
Finishing Well by Bob Buford
Finishing Well – What People Who Really Live Do Differently!
Based on inspiring interviews with 60 remarkable people who have furthered their significance rather than to rest on their success.
Includes trailblazers such as Peter Drucker, Roger Staubach, and Ken Blanchard.
The afternoon of life by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick helps us see that God’s purpose in bringing us through this time is to glorify himself and to sanctify us. Each chapter ends with reflection and discussion questions.
The Afternoon of Life is written for women in the middle years of their lives. As we age, we wonder at the many changes occurring in our lives. How do we make the necessary adjustments? How do we handle all this? Elyse Fitzpatrick shows us how our faith can be at the center of how we respond to these life changes.
With humor, transparency, and biblical wisdom, she helps us see that God-s purpose in bringing us through this time is to glorify himself and sanctify us. Buy Now
Pathway to Purpose for Women by Katie Brazelton
For many women, knowing God’s five purposes for their lives–worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism–leads to the natural questions, What am I doing in the midst of deadlines, diapers, to-do lists, laundry, and daily schedules? What is the connection between my life purposes and the daily existence I am living now? In these three companion volumes, Katie Brazelton helps women connect the dots between living amidst the details of their lives and living out God’s purposes for their lives. She provides road-tested tools that have become the stepping stones for women along the pathway to living in purpose.
Pathway to Purpose for Women: Connecting Your To-Do List, Your Passions, and God’s Purposes for Your Life How does a woman live through–see through–the ordinary when she yearns for the significant? This how-to guide, filled with true personal stories, provides stepping stones through the challenges of not only discovering your universal purposes, but also discerning your unique purposes in this life. Praying for Purpose for Women: A Prayer Experience That Will Change Your Life Forever Do you want God to tell you more about his specific plan for your life? life’s purposes. Included are insights from modern-day role models, examples of biblical characters, specific questions to ask yourself and to seek God’s answers, and an eye-opening analysis of your life patterns and purposes.
Conversations on Purpose for Women: Ten Appointments That Will Change Your Life Forever Designed to be used with a Purpose Partner, this workbook is filled with conversation starters, Scripture verses, questions, and specific self-assessment exercises to help you uncover God’s Dream for your life, moving you from an initial sneak preview to the most challenging steps you will want to take on your journey toward purpose-filled living. Consumers may purchase Pathway to Purpose or Praying for Purpose independently of the other. Conversations on Purpose should be sold as a companion book to Pathway to Purpose. Buy Now
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
A #1 New York Times bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life will help you understand why you are alive and reveal God’s amazing plan for you both here and now, and for eternity.
Rick Warren will guide you through a personal forty-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life’s most important question: What on earth am I here for?
A New Purpose – Redefining money, family, work, retirement and success by Ken Dychtwald
Happiness in life is about more than what’s in your bank account or stock portfolio. Success is more than achieving power and respect. Each one of us has a responsibility for changing the world in a positive, significant, and enduring way—and the challenge is less daunting than you might think.
In this hopeful and motivating book, author Ken Dychtwald shares inspiring stories of people who have made a difference and points us to resources that will enable us to do the same. All it takes is an investment in head, heart, and spirit. For those of us who find ourselves asking, “Now what?” A New Purpose has the answers. Buy Now
Synchronicity – The inner path of leadership by Joseph Jaworski
Synchronicity is an inspirational guide to developing the most essential leadership capacity for our time: how we can collectively shape our future. Through the telling of his life story, Jaworski posits that a real leader sets the stage on which “predictable miracles, ” seemingly synchronistic in nature, can – and do – occur. He shows that this capacity has more to do with our being – our total orientation of character and consciousness – than with what we do. Leadership, he explains, is about creating – day by day – a domain in which human beings continually deepen their understanding of reality and are able to participate in shaping the future. He describes three basic shifts of mind required if we are to create and discover an unfolding future – shifts in how we see the world, how we understand relationships, and how we make commitments – and offers a new definition of leadership that applies to all types of leaders. Buy Now
The New Retirementality by Mitch Anthony
With this latest edition of The New Retirementality, readers will quickly discover how to achieve the freedom to pursue their retirement goals?at their own pace, on their own terms?regardless of their age. Most people won’t experience the same retirement that their parents did, nor do they necessarily want to.
Page by page, top financial planner Mitch Anthony reveals how new opportunities will enable individuals to create tailor-made retirements. He includes new research and studies to back his insights and introduces readers to important concepts such as “wealthcare” and “return on life.” Filled with engaging anecdotes and inspirational suggestions, this book will motivate readers to rethink the way they retire. Buy Now
Turning Silver into Gold by Dr Mary Furlong
“Mary is an evangelist who has been selling the dream of the boomer/senior market for over twenty-five years. She understands the customer segment better than anyone, and this book reflects her insight.” —Guy Kawasaki, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures and author of The Art of the Start “Dr. Mary Furlong is a true visionary.
Her insights and market intelligence are consistently spot on and her notions about what to do and how to do it demand serious attention from start up entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 executives. In Turning Silver into Gold she has done a masterful job of revealing a broad range of timely and actionable paths to success. Buy Now
Encore –finding work that matters in the second half of life by Marc Freedman
In one of the most significant social trends of the new century, and the biggest transformation of the American workforce since the women’s movement, members of the baby boom generation are inventing a new phase of work. Encore tells the stories of encore career pioneers who are not content, or affluent enough, to spend their next thirty years on a golf course. These men and women are moving beyond midlife careers yet refusing to phase out or fade away. As they search for a calling in the second half of life and focus on what matters most, these individuals stand to transform the nature of work in America. They also hold the potential to create a society that balances the joys and responsibilities of contribution across the generations?in other words, one that works better for all of us. Buy Now
How to be a silver surfer- a beginners guide to the internet
Now in its 4th edition, How to be a Silver Surfer is perfect for people who are new to the internet and frightened about giving it a go. User-friendly, ultra-clear format, full-colour illustrations, and simple step-by-step explanations, this book guides readers through their first steps into the worldwide web.
Aimed at complete beginners, the emphasis is on using the internet as a tool to enrich existing interests, such as travel and socialising, and as a recreational activity in itself, from emailing and chat sites to online bridge and much more. Buy Now
What color is your parachute by Richard Nelson Bolles
In the last five years, the United States has lost 2.6 million jobs — the most in any five-year period since the Great Depression. In the 2006 edition of his legendary job-hunting book, WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? Richard Nelson Bolles offers hope and presents an inspiring and detailed plan for finding your place in this uncertain job market.
WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? has been the best-selling job-hunting book in the world for more three decades, in good times and bad, and it continues to be a fixture on best-seller lists, from Amazon.com to Business Week. It has well over eight million copies in print and has been translated into 12 languages around the world. With an extended preface that addresses job loss, vacancies, and outsourcing and updated references on how to use the Internet in your job-hunt throughout, the 2006 PARACHUTE addresses the top concerns of today ’s job-hunters. In the words of Fortune magazine: “Parachute remains the gold standard of! career guides.” Buy Now
Retire, Retirement by Tamara Erickson
Good news: there is no need to retire. There is no need to pack up your desk or attend one more retirement party. Why? With the widen gap between the number of workers and demand for talent, employers are looking to keep smart, productive workers in the workplace. The growing talent shortage will allow you to re-negotiate your relationship with work. The question is how will you make the most of your new career options. By retreating from traditional 9-5 work, or by exploring unconventional ways to stay a part of the workplace? The choice is yours, and Retire Retirement shows you how to think about what you want, and how to get it. In this conversational, optimistic book, you will learn how to negotiate the best work environment for you, how to work with different generations to get the most out of your job, and explore the great opportunities that lie ahead. This book will help you begin today to create the opportunities that fit your unique needs now and in the years to come! Buy Now
Mind over Money by Graeme Codrington, Louis Fourie and Sue Grant-Marshall
“Mind Over Money” is not so much about your money as it is about your mind. It’s about your attitude and approach to money. It’s not hard to make money if you are careful and sussed – millionaires are two a penny today. But, keeping it is the problem. That’s what smart people do. It’s what you need to do. Playwright Tennessee Williams said, ” You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it.” Bear this in mind – today’s 30 and 40 year olds will live to be 100 years old. Teenagers will crack 120 years easily. That’s a long time to live in “retirement”. Will your money last?
This title is about how to live from womb to tomb in such a way that you can live – and die – in comfort. Along the way the authors show you how to grow up happy; choose the right careers (forget what your parents and teachers say); understand why Baby Boomers can’t stop shopping and why the Silent generation saves like mad and always pays cash for everything. You’ll appreciate your teenager, your father, your wife, your grandchild’s attitudes to money – at last. Best of all – you’ll understand yourself! Buy Now
Learning later, Living Greater by Nancy Merz Nordstrom and Jon Merz
Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret for Making the Most of Your “After-50” Years, is the book that will introduce people over 50 to the ideas and benefits of lifelong learning.
It will challenge them to become involved in meaningful new avenues of productivity: educational programs, travel, community service and more.
Savvy Senior Singles by Samantha Landy
Who likes being called a Senior Citizen? Not many. Even though the reality of age may demand the description, there is a more accurate way to speak of many older people who find themselves alone.
Author Samantha Landy prefers the phrase Savvy Senior singles for those who are mature but still very much young at heart and living without a partner. Her practical insights give you the nudge needed to live a successfully fulfilling second-half of life.
This optimistic but practical view of life addresses issues that affect your emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial health. Buy Now
When You’re facing the Empty Nest by Mary Ann Froehlich
An ideal gift for women whose children are graduating from high school, When You’re Facing the Empty Nest lets readers know they aren’t alone in their feelings of loss.
It offers a sense of hope for the future and practical suggestions for parenting their young adult children. Froehlich helps women discover the new things God has in store for them as they enter this phase of life.
The book also includes discussion questions for use in small groups. Buy Now
New Passages – Mapping your life across time by Gail Sheehy
THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Millions of readers literally defined their lives through Gail Sheehy’s landmark bestseller Passages. Seven years ago she set out to write a sequel, but instead she discovered a historic revolution in the adult life cycle. . . People are taking longer to grow up and much longer to die. A fifty-year-old woman–who remains free of cancer and heart disease– can expect to see her ninety-second birthday. Men, too, can expect a dramatically lengthened life span. The old demarcations and descriptions of adulthood–beginning at twenty-one and ending at sixty-five–are hopelessly out of date. In New Passages, Gail Sheehy discovers and maps out a completely new frontier–a Second Adulthood in middle life. “Stop and recalculate,” Sheehy writes. “Imagine the day you turn forty-five as the infancy of another life.” Instead of declining, men and women who embrace a Second Adulthood are progressing through entirely new passages into lives of deeper meaning, renewed playfulness, and creativity–beyond both male and female menopause. Through hundreds of personal and group interviews, national surveys of professionals and working-class people, and fresh findings extracted from fifty years of U.S. Census reports, Sheehy vividly dramatizes these newly developing stages. Combining the scholar’s ability to synthesize data with the novelist’s gift for storytelling, she allows us to make sense of our own lives by understanding others like us. New Passages tells us we have the ability to customize our own life cycle. This groundbreaking work is certain to awaken and permanently alter the way we think about ourselves. “SHEEHY CLEARLY STATES IDEAS ABOUT LIFE THAT HAVE NEVER BEFORE BEEN AS CLEARLY STATED.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review “AN OPTIMISTIC ANALYSIS OF ADULT DEVELOPMENT IN PESSIMISTIC TIMES. . . It is grounded in the economic and psychological realities that make adult life so complex today.” –The New York Times Book Review Buy Now
Future Proof your child by Nikki Bush and Graeme Codrington
The world has changed. The future has changed. Childhood is changing. Raising children has never been more challenging – or potentially rewarding.
It is increasingly obvious that the world into which our young children will enter as adults, somewhere between 2020 and 2030, will be nothing like the world their parents grew up in, or even the world we currently inhabit. We need a better understanding of the world of the future in order to prepare our children in a relevant way and to ‘future-proof’ them. Redi spoke to Creative Parenting expert and author of the best-selling book, Future-proof Your Child, Nikki Bush about how we can prepare our children for a world we don’t understand. Buy Now
Stuck in Halftime by Bob Buford
Bob Buford’s bestselling book HALFTIME struck a huge chord with men and women who have scaled the pinnacle of career success, found themselves wondering, now what?
Halftime is a season, a crucial pause on the journey to fulfilment in life’s second half. For man, however it becomes a permanent address. They are stuck in halftime and want to get unstuck. If that is you, Stuck in halftime will get you back on track and moving forward with renewed vision and energy.
You will discover:
- Eight myths of Halftime that can keep you from moving from success to significance.
- Why, like no other time, today offers unprecedented opportunities for personal exploration and growth.
- Why the old rules of life’s First half no longer apply and what new rules govern the second half.
- A halftime “toolbox “for getting unstuck wherever you’re sticking.
- What it takes to pack meaning and heroism into the second half…and much more. Buy Now
From Success to Significance by Lloyd Reeb
Success Is Great. But Significance Is Lasting. You’ve achieved a measure of success in the first half of life, and it’s been a thrill. But deep in your heart, you want your second half to count for something far more. Something bigger than you. Significance. You’re not alone; you’re in ‘Halftime.’ You want to discover where your deepest passions intersect with your greatest abilities and harness them to help change the world. But what does significance look like? How do you attain it? What will it cost you? What if you are not yet financially independent? Who can help you make sense out of this stage of life? Lloyd Reeb knows how it is. He’s wrestled with the same questions—and found answers. In From Success to Significance, he unfolds a blueprint that has helped thousands of men and women redefine success and infuse their lives with eternal significance. Adapt Reeb’s approach to your circumstances and, with God’s help, put it in motion. It works, and it will work for you. Discover God’s unique purpose for your life. Your talents, your drives, and everything you are will make sense in a new way and have an impact you’ve never dreamed of. Go ahead, start dreaming. Because significance is within your reach, and it starts by finding the freedom to dream. ‘Many people measure their success by wealth, recognition, power, and status. There’s nothing wrong with those, but if that’s all you’re focused on, you’re missing the boat. Lloyd Reeb shows that if you focus on significance—using your time and talent to serve others—that’s when truly meaningful success can come your way.’ Buy Now
What Colour is your parachute for Retirement? By John E Nelson and Richard Bolles
Plan Now for the Life You Want
Today’s economic realities have reset our expectations of what retirement is, yet there’s still the promise for what it can be: a life stage filled with more freedom and potential than ever before. Given the new normal, how do you plan for a future filled with prosperity, health, and happiness? As a companion to What Color Is Your Parachute?
The world’s best-selling career book, What Color Is Your Parachute for Retirement offers both a holistic, big-picture look at these years as well as practical tools and exercises to help you build a life full of security, vitality, and community. Buy Now
The Second-Half Adventure By Kay Marshall Strom
A social worker from New England… a Texas airline pilot… a homemaker from California… a lawyer who has lived everywhere… a quilter in Oregon. What do they have in common? All are on the adventure of their lives.
Like many others among the 77 million baby boomers, these men and women don’t want to retire from contributing when they retire from their careers. So they are using their time, skills, and resources to make a difference. Written in conjunction with Finishers Project, an umbrella organization that encompasses more than 100 mission organizations, this book will help baby boomers discover a second-half adventure that fits them and counts for eternity. Buy Now
The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life
Until recently, most Americans equated the end of a successful career with the beginning of retirement. No more. Now they want to stay in the game (or better, change the game). They want to leave a mark. Make a difference—and continue to make money. From Encore.org, the leading organization in the field, comes a road map to every step of the encore career journey. Here’s how to plan the transition. How much you need to make. The pros and cons of going back to school. When to volunteer, and when to intern. How to network effectively and harness the power of social media. Who’s hiring and for what jobs? (Check out the Encore Hot List of 35 viable careers). A comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide, filled with inspiring stories and answering—in extensive FAQ sections—the concerns of its readers, this book is everything you need to help you strike a balance between doing good and doing well–in a way that will sustain you through this new stage of life. Buy Now
Contagious Optimism: Uplifting Stories and Motivational Advice for Positive Forward Thinking
David Mezzapelle was inspired to write this uplifting book based on his life’s experiences and his own contagious optimism. He has influenced many people with his outlook and this book offers optimism to others around the globe. Contagious Optimism includes stories and parables of amazing life turnarounds from real people world-wide. A compendium of encouragement, Contagious Optimism also includes advice and guidance from business leaders, visionaries and professionals. Nowadays, many people have lost confidence in themselves and the world around them due to personal hardship along with economic and political uncertainty worldwide. Contagious Optimism shows readers that it’s possible to FIND the silver lining in every cloud. Developed by the team that brought you Random Acts of Kindness, this book is like Chicken Soup for the Soul meets Pay It Forward, on steroids!Contagious Optimism is pure inspiration that will lift hearts, open minds, and create a movement of pass-it-on hope and happiness.
Featured stories and endorsements from “contagious optimists” such as:
Michael Beckwith – Founder of the single largest interfaith church in America: LA’s Agape.
Nancy Ferrari – The “Oprah of AM Radio”
Daniel Tully – Chairman Emeritus of Merrill Lynch and one of the top executives to ever grace Wall Street. Buy Now