Career Change

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The ONE Question You Need to Ask Yourself to Avoid Being a Zombie

by Peter Axtell, Friday, June 8, 2018

This question can help you avoid wasting years of your precious life that you can never get back. If you feel stuck in your life or job and want to make a change but are fearful of making a mistake, then this post is for you. This ONE question might help you clarify what is truly important and what you are willing to risk for the chance of a life worth living.

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Don't Like Your Life Story? Change it!

by Peter Axtell, Tuesday, April 10, 2018

You were born innately healthy…then what happened? You developed early in life what Transactional Analysist Claude Steiner calls your "life script". The content of your life script comes from the negative and positive messages you received from the people close to you. To survive, you arrived at an early decision.

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What Would You Do for Free?

by Peter Axtell, Thursday, March 29, 2018

How to align your true self with what you love to do by knowing your basic nature and your signature traits. In this post we're going to unpack what It means to live in alignment with who you are and what you love to do. We'll describe what signature traits are and what your basic nature means.

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The Jedi is Wrong - May the Force NOT Be with You

by Peter Axtell, Thursday, March 8, 2018

Force is draining your motivation and you don't even know it. The seemingly current worldview is that the way to make things happen is by force. Force comes in many forms. Manipulation by social media, psychological force, economic force, physical force, unethical marketing force and so on.

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Purpose: The Foundation of Motivation (Part Four)

by Peter Axtell, Monday, March 5, 2018

Technically speaking, Purpose is not considered a Motive per se. We would argue that It's a sustained life of motivation and have included it as a foundation of motivation. One of the most potent examples of Purpose is Viktor Frankl's horrific experiences in four Nazi Concentration camps. His purpose was what kept him motivated.

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Mastery: The Foundation of Motivation (Part Two)

by Peter Axtell, Thursday, February 15, 2018

Discover how mastery is a critical part of motivation. In this post we'll cover how and why Mastery (sometimes called Competence) is an essential element in Motivation. We'll describe the 5 keys on the path to Mastery and you'll understand how that builds our sense of Autonomy.

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The Importance of Learning New Career Skills for Building a Career You Love

by Scott Young, Monday, August 7, 2017

Being able to learn new skills quickly has always been useful. But, increasingly, it has become a necessity. In this essay, I'd like to outline some of the evidence that the economy is shifting in ways that are going to make being able to teach yourself hard skills an imperative. I'd like to argue why developing a skills-based perspective towards your career is the key to fulfillment and satisfaction. Finally, I'd like to tell you how you can develop the ability to learn hard things faster.

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3 Questions You Must Ask Before Changing Jobs

by Peter Axtell, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Is It the Job or Is It You? This article will help you figure out if you have a bad job or a miserable one and what you can do to improve your current situation. By answering three specific questions, you'll gain clarity and avoid unnecessary risk to yourself and your loved ones if you consider changing jobs. You might just find a way to love your current job again.

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Know Yourself!  (Free)

by Jeremy Koch, Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Consumer Guide to the Myers Briggs Test, the Strong Inventory, Birkman and Other Leading Career Aptitude Tests and Personality Tests – Which One is Right for You?

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Look Homeward Angel

by Dennis Blank, Thursday, September 9, 2010

D’blank reflects on his summer vacation. Coach Lou asks him to focus on the value and simplicity of these experiences as he moves forward with Life 3.0.

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Another Way of Life

by Dennis Blank, Saturday, August 28, 2010

Coach Lou celebrates d’blank for living Life 3.0 and encourages him to look for more opportunities to do so while visiting his hometown.

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A Guide to Midlife Career Change

by What's Next, Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Career Change & Life Balance is an invaluable resource, packed with practical information on midlife career change, hundreds of useful references and links, and an abundance of common sense advice for changing careers or achieving better work/life balance.

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Consider A Midlife Career Change to Teaching

by Jeremy Koch, Monday, May 10, 2010

The rewards of teaching are enormous, and so is the need for excellent teachers. In the next decade, there will be 1.5 million teaching vacancies in the United States, according to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Millions of baby boomers are retiring from the profession, and a staggering 50 percent of new teachers leave the field within their first five years --the equivalent of nearly a thousand teachers, both novice and seasoned, calling it quits every day. All the vacancies won't be filled, because of funding issues. Still, it will be a major challenge to recruit and retain enough educators, never mind top talent.

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Do I Need a Plan for the Rest of My Life?

by Dennis Blank, Saturday, March 20, 2010

Every article or book on retirement says you must have one. So I was committed to staying at my job until I had a plan for the rest of my life. But then I began to see that I might be stuck at my desk at 75, still trying to come up with the plan.

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Time Well Spent

by Gina Plaitakis, Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Time Well Spent: After finishing her first semester of graduate school, art director-turned-mom-turned-aspiring art teacher Gina Plaitakis makes the most of the opportunity to catch her breath over winter break.

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Finally, He Bought the Farm

by Joop Koopman, Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Once Barry Meinerth dreamed of being a veterinarian. He ended up a successful magazine executive, but after thirty years of producing magazines, he grabbed an opportunity and bought a farm. Now he produces alpaca wool, and self-fulfillment, instead.

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Open a Restaurant or Food Service Business

by Fab Job, Tuesday, September 8, 2009

In-depth, downloadable guides from FabJob to help you understand the challenges and opportunities you will likely face if you decide to open a food service business. (Some titles available in print editions.)

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Open a Retail Store

by Fab Job, Friday, September 4, 2009

Six in-depth guides from FabJob on how to open a retail store: antiques shop, art gallery, bookstore, boutique, ice cream shop or wine store.

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Back to School

by Gina Plaitakis, Friday, August 28, 2009

As my daughter enters first grade, I too will be going back to school, for the first time in 20 years, to study for a master’s in fine arts education.

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How Can I Overcome My Fears?

by Mark Gleason, Monday, August 24, 2009

How can I overcome my fears when it comes to a career change? Career coach Brian Kurth advises on how to use the economic downturn as an opportunity to prepare yourself for a second career.

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Three Questions That Could Change Your Life

by Jeremy Koch, Friday, June 26, 2009

With all the turmoil in the economy, many of us grappling with some very tough questions about our near-term and long-term future. This situation has reminded me of a book by Lee Eisenberg that I read a few years back called “The Number,” in which he focused on the whole notion of what it means to be financially independent.

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Welcome To What's Next

by Jeremy Koch, Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Why We’re Here. No doubt about it -- we live in challenging times. The economy is in turmoil... unemployment is hitting levels not seen in decades... and eighty million baby boomers are moving rapidly toward a stage of life that used to be called ‘retirement.’

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Finding Your Passion

by Mark Gleason, Saturday, May 23, 2009

Doing a collage of all of your interests is one way of finding your passions and starting you on the path to thinking about how they can translate into a career.

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Most Popular Dream Jobs

by Mark Gleason, Friday, May 22, 2009

Brian Kurth, founder of VocationVacations.com and author of Test Drive Your Dream Job, tells What’s Next about the most popular dream jobs for baby boomers.

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Leave Happy

by Sheryl Spanier, Thursday, May 7, 2009

Leaving a corporate executive job? This helpful How-to Guide from What’s Next tells you how to manage a successful executive career transition.

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Chef School at 40: My First Day

by John Stephano, Wednesday, April 8, 2009

John Stephano nearly went to chef school when he was 20. Instead, he went into sales and then the investment business. Twenty years later, he’s stirring his passion at the Culinary Institute of America.

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Joining the Peace Corps at 51

by Judith Crown, Thursday, April 2, 2009

Valerie Stinger’s desire to help the less fortunate, live in a foreign country and add to her lifelong learning led her to a dramatic career change, joining the Peace Corps at 51 after a career in pharmaceutical product development.

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