At some point, and sometimes at many points, each one of us will wonder what we’re going to do with the rest of our lives. Whether you’re a teenager or an octogenarian, it’s something you will probably struggle with.
Author Bruce Frankel saw first-hand that there is no age limit on that question when his mother was fired from her job at the age of 82 and started looking for what she was going to do next.
He set out to find out how people manage to succeed in the second half of their lives.
The result is his new book, “What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life? True Stories of Finding Success, Passion and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life.”
Bruce searched the country to find people who had succeeded significantly after the age of 60. He says he wanted to find people who had not experienced much success earlier in their life and did not already have great wealth.
One of the things that surprised him most was that many of them didn’t know before 60 what they were going to do. Some had long harbored passions or interests, but other just spontaneously discovered new passions and started pursuing them.
The more engaged, the more curious and the more affirmation they received from people around them, the more obsessed they became with doing this thing they loved rather than watching the clock and wondering how late it was in their lives, Bruce says.
He shares some of their success stories, including a man who didn’t publish his first book until the age of 97, and explains why he thinks our changing culture of aging will have a dramatic impact on second-half careers in the coming decades.
For more information, click here to visit Bruce’s website.