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
By Bruce Frankel
(Avery Trade, Paperback, 9781583334188, 304pp.)
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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"This wise and inspiring book hands down an important message: Happiness is abundant at any age, and only you can limit your options." -The Boston Globe
In today's world, the question "What should I do with my life?" only scratches the surface. Now, more and more people-from baby boomers retiring from their "first act" to people in their forties and fifties reconsidering their careers in a recovering economy-are finding themselves wondering how to find new stimulation and meaningful work over a lifetime. Bringing together a diverse array of stories, veteran journalist Bruce Frankel brings to life a mesmerizing series of profiles of men and women who discovered a new calling, success, or purpose later in life. Brimming with inspiration and humanity, What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? celebrates activists, artists, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, and others who found extraordinary ways to experience true fulfillment in the second half of life.
On these pages, readers will meet a civil servant, laid off at age fifty-two, who enrolled in graduate school, earning a Ph.D. in psychology; a former consultant who began a microfinance program in Africa; a longtime contact-lens grinder who has chiseled twelve hundred stone heads on a property now known as the "Easter Island of the Hudson"; and many others who proved that age is a spark-not a barrier. Full of spirit and plenty of chutzpah, this book shows that anything is possible in any stage of life.
Bruce Frankel is a writer, reporter, and poet. At the age of fifty-three, he completed an MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College and began publishing in literary journals. He coauthored the bestseller Life: World War II – History’s Great Conflict in Pictures and has held positions at People, USA Today, and Gannett Westchester Newspapers, where he was a prizewinning columnist and investigative reporter. He lives in New York City.
Bruce Frankel's upbeat, inspiring, timely book shows how taking a risk and fighting to find a passionate career-at any age-can reinvigorate your life. This should be required reading for anyone starting out, laid off, downsized, or just ready for reinvention."
-Susan Shapiro, author of Speed Shrinking and Only as Good as Your Word
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