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When I'm 64...I'm going to take it easy in an encore career

AndyGilatsNEW.bmpFrom Andrea Gilats, LearningLife director

Okay, so LearningLife is hosting this super-exciting Fest called Encore!

Okay, so our special guest Marc Freedman, author of Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life, is a truly brilliant, dedicated, down-to-earth human being.

Okay, so he talks about "encore careers," and the little hair I have left on my arms stands up as I think of myself working 60 hours a week, meeting somebody else's deadlines, and sending e-mails until I'm 90 years old.

Guess what? Those scary scenarios could not be further from the truth! To prove the point, I assigned myself the task of listing just some of the attractive options and features of encore careers.

Encore careers combine:
social impact
and
personal meaning
with
continued income
or
pro bono work
or
volunteer work
or
all three.

In an encore career, your work hours can be:
full time
or
part time
or
seasonal
or
occasional
and
up to you.

In an encore career, you can work from:
home
or
a vacation spot
or
the cabin
or
a VW van
or
anywhere in the world.

In an encore career, you can become:
a social entrepreneur
or
a member of an organization or faith community or clinic
or
a dot com, a dot net, or a dot org
or
a teacher, a mentor, a coach, or a guide
or
a board member
or
a policymaker
or
a micro-philanthropist
or
an environmentalist
or
a helper
or
anything else you want to be.

An encore career invites you to:
apply your skills, knowledge, and experience to a new purpose
or
transfer your skills, knowledge, and experience from the private sector to the social sector
or
gain new skills, knowledge, and experience if you are so moved
and
put your ideals into practice, whatever they may be.

For my encore career:
I've been hatching a plan to serve people hand-to-hand, one person or one organization at a time
and
I'm going to be an entrepreneur and have my own Web site
and
I'm going to work with people of all ages and backgrounds
and
I'm going to love the people I work with
so
I'm going to wind up working for free most of the time!

See you at the Encore Fest!

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