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F50 Issue #16: Your Flexible, Fulfilling Future Awaits...

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...

9 days 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...

23 days ago • 5 min read

F50 Issue #14: January 23, 2023 Rise of the Digital Nomad: Making the Most of Your Remote Freelance Career Craig enjoying a Cappuccino in Medellin, Colombia Imagine sitting near the window in a cozy cafe, sunlight streaming across the table. In front of you sits a creamy cappuccino, a decadent pastry drizzled with chocolate, and your laptop. As you sip the delicious Colombian coffee, you think about all the snow you should be shoveling at home. Except you can’t, because you aren’t there....

about 1 month ago • 5 min read

F50 Issue #13: January 2, 2024 Greeting the New Year with Authenticity: Five Lessons from The Crown DECREPIT — the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines this word as “wasted and weakened by or as if by the infirmities of old age.” And it’s the word Queen Elizabeth uses to describe herself in the series finale of The Crown on Netflix. Now, if you’re familiar with Elizabeth II and her 70-year reign, “decrepit” might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of her. But in this...

about 2 months ago • 5 min read

F50 Issue #12: December 19, 2023 The 12 Days of Freelancing On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree…” With the holiday season upon us, no doubt many of you have heard this tune on the radio, in the mall, or in your own collection of music. Do you have a favorite version you enjoy listening to? Maybe it’s Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters with their classic rendition from 1949. Maybe it’s Perry Como with his unique variation from 1953. Maybe it’s...

2 months ago • 6 min read

F50 Issue #11: December 5, 2023 Chasing Your Dreams: Key Lessons from the Movie, Nyad The moon shines down on a solitary swimmer. On one side, a faithful kayaker keeps a red spotlight focused on her. On the other side, the tired crew of a small boat keep watch, making sure she stays safe in shark-infested waters. This is a scene from the movie Nyad, based on Diana Nyad’s autobiography titled Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream. At the age of 60, Nyad...

3 months ago • 5 min read
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F50 Issue #10: November 21, 2023 How to Reinvent Yourself with a Second-Act Career In a recent Longevity Gains podcast episode, Brian Clark interviewed Michael Clinton, former president/publisher of Hearst Magazines, author of the book ROAR into the second half of your life, and founder of the ROAR forward membership and business intelligence platform for people aged 50+. Clinton is a great example of someone who began a vibrant second career when he became an author at the age of 70. He...

3 months ago • 5 min read

F50 Issue #9: November 7, 2023 Lessons from Julia Child: Five Ingredients for a Successful Second-Act Career It’s that time again! Time to pull up a chair and enjoy another classic TV show! This time we’re watching an episode of The French Chef with Julia Child (Episode 22: The Potato Show). She’s preparing what looks like a potato pancake, and things are about to get dramatic. Let's listen in: Julia: There! Well, it’s flippable. [Inhales deeply] Well, I’m going to try it anyway. When you...

4 months ago • 6 min read
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F50 Issue #8: October 24, 2023 The Remote Work Revolution: Good News for Freelancers! The commute was easy that day. No wind. No rain. No need for a jacket. No traffic in sight. You turn left … turn right…. Then suddenly, you hear the sound of pounding feet behind you. Your two grandsons are approaching, tossing a football back and forth. See you at lunch, Grandma!” they shout as they pass you in the hallway. Yes, enjoy playing outside!” you answer. “I’m going to do a couple hours of work,...

4 months ago • 5 min read

F50 Issue #7: October 10, 2023 Why Wait Until You’re Retired? Enjoy Life with Mini-retirements. Have you ever said things like this to yourself? I’ll take a break after I’m retired.” I’ll travel more after I’m retired.” I’ll pursue those dreams after I’m retired.” Entrepreneur and author Tim Ferriss believes you don’t need to wait until after you’re retired to enjoy life. On Page 22 of his classic book The 4-Hour Workweek, he talks about some lectures he developed where he asked intriguing...

5 months ago • 5 min read
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