After listening to Richard Leider at the National Career Development Association conference June 2014, I knew I had to buy this book. This is a common sense straightforward book that speaks to Boomers as they transition into this next phase of life. It is optimistic, informative, and practical. My kind of book.
One theme really resonates with my philosophy on “intentional serendipity” and “happenstance theory” and that is their, “you must live life with choice, curiosity, and courage” followed up with a healthy dose of taking action. Being curious and being willing to do things outside your comfort zone (by taking action) will often lead to wonderful opportunities.
This book gives you that 10,000 foot perspective of a new developmental stage of life that is actually applicable to ALL ages. It is clearly written towards boomers but all ages should embrace choice, curiosity, and courage! Their belief that true change happens by doing first and knowing second really makes sense to me. You can only think about something so long and then you must experience it in order to understand it.
There are a number of activities recommended throughout the book that help the individual make sense of their lesson with additional resources recommended online.
“Be who you are and start where you are”. Is a great way to look at any transition you face, and ideal for a life reimagined transition. They describe the old model of thinking about success as:
“if I have enough money, I’ll be able to do what I want and be happy” as contrary to what we should be thinking, which is,
“If I be myself first (authentic) I will do things I want to do, and I will have a more fulfilling life.
ACTION is recommended throughout the book which completely makes sense to me. I will leave you with this quote.
The only thing worse than doing something that might be wrong is doing nothing at all – which can’t be right.
If you are a person working with the Boomer population this is a great read. If you are a person going through a transition, you would gain some great insights as to how to move through your transition by reading this book.