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F50 Issue #24: Three Lessons from Unretiring Athletes

F50 Issue #24: June 11, 2024 Be Your Own Biggest Fan: Lessons from Unretiring Athletes Imagine you’re competing for the championship trophy in a popular sport. As the clock ticks down, you’re poised to score the winning goal. During the last few seconds, you look up at the stands for support. Scanning the crowd, you see a row of people cheering you on — friends, family, whoever is nearest and dearest to you. And … wait a minute. Who’s that? Are your eyes deceiving you? You see YOURSELF...

14 days ago • 5 min read
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F50 Issue #23: May 28, 2024 Mindset Matters: How to Build Healthy Habits After 50 In the 2002 movie About a Boy, Hugh Grant plays a character named Will Freeman. If you’ve seen the movie, you may remember that Will saw himself as an “island” — a free man with no responsibilities and obligations to other people. Because he inherited royalties from his father’s hit Christmas song, he didn’t have to work. Instead, he carefully carved out a lifestyle with daily habits that enabled his brand of...

28 days ago • 5 min read

F50 Issue #22: May 14, 2024 Explore New Careers and Boldly Go Where You’ve Never Gone Before! “Acting was the thing that made me happy when I was thirteen years old, and that is still the case seventy years later. I have so much more work to do. I am not done with the stage. I still want to try another TV comedy. I still have so many characters inside me that I need to let out. And, thank heavens, the door is still open. So why would I ever stop?” — Patrick Stewart (from his book, Making It...

about 1 month ago • 5 min read

F50 Issue #21: April 30, 2024 The Value of Experience: Five Ways to Embrace the Benefits of Being 50+ At the 1998 Academy Awards, two young men exuberantly accepted the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. At the time, they were in their 20s, but their film shared wisdom for all ages, including those over 50. The film was Good Will Hunting, and one of the themes was the importance of experience as a companion to knowledge and intelligence. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll remember that Matt...

about 2 months ago • 5 min read
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F50 Issue #20: April 16, 2024 Working Well Beyond Retirement: Turning Your Vocation into a Second-Act Career If you retired tomorrow, would you miss your job? And if you’ve already retired, do you wish you could keep working? Over the past few months, we’ve shared stories from people over 50 who are enjoying fulfilling careers in their chosen field. Actors Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford are still going strong. Retired TV executive Ron Petrescue found a new freelance career in front of the...

2 months ago • 5 min read

F50 Issue #19: April 2, 2024 New Adventures in Unretirement: Five Lessons from Carl Fredricksen Last week, we watched our oldest daughter set off on a new adventure as we celebrated her marriage. A beautiful chapter of her life has begun, with many pages waiting to be written. And as we think about love and adventure, we can’t help thinking about one of our favorite movies of all time — “Up”! The main character, Carl Fredricksen, also enjoyed a beautiful love story, but he’s at a different...

3 months ago • 5 min read
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F50 Issue #18: March 19, 2024 Harnessing the Power of Peak 65: Five Ways to Combat Ageism Move over Freedom 55 — it’s time to make way for Peak 65! Many of you may remember the phrase “Freedom 55.” It was an advertising slogan for the London Life Insurance company in the 1980s, and it popularized the notion of retiring at the age of 55. In one of its TV commercials, a young man travels through time and jogs beside an older version of himself on a tropical beach. As the two start chatting, the...

3 months ago • 5 min read
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F50 Issue #17: March 5, 2024 It’s Never Too Late: Chase Your Dreams at Any Age Imagine you’re a child with a dream. You want to write books when you grow up. This dream fills your thoughts as you eat breakfast in the morning. It inspires games of make-believe. You wonder how long you have to wait until you can live out this vision. How about 60 years? That’s how long Bonnie Garmus had to wait. According to an interview on CBS Sunday Morning, she’d wanted to be a novelist since she was five...

4 months ago • 5 min read
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F50 Issue #16: February 20, 2023 Flextirement: How to Embrace a Flexible, Fulfilling Future Business cards — those tiny pieces of cardstock that condense a lifetime of experience and skills into a few powerful words. Many of us have (or have had) a Rolodex. As you spin it around, you see who you value as colleagues, and you see your own history. Like a movie reel, the cards rotate. And your career unfolds, evolving as your roles change. Ron Petrescue has a collection of business cards, many...

4 months ago • 5 min read

F50 Issue #15: February 6, 2023 Quiet Returning: How to Make a Quiet Comeback as a Freelancer “I quit!” Many of us were introduced to this phrase while watching The Flintstones cartoon at lunchtime. After rushing home from school, we watched spellbound while eating grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. On a small black and white or color TV, the scene opened with a dramatic burst of music and a view of Fred Flintstone working at the gravel pit. Suddenly, he checks his watch and realizes...

5 months ago • 5 min read
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