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Do You Need Some Passion and Purpose?

In this video the late Scott Dinsmore speaks passionately about how important it is to find work that you love and do that work with passion and purpose. His enthusiasm is contagious, and he speaks with the personal insight of having left the corporate world in search of work that would give his life fulfilment.  The video is several minutes long, but well worth the time to consider whether the work you are currently doing is given you what you want and need in your life.

Older Workers Also Need Passion and Purpose

This concept is very appropriate for older workers (defined by the government at being over 45). They have many great skills and experience acquired through years of hard work. Many have all the important personality traits to be very successful doing work that they love.  This may mean creating their own business or getting a job in a completely different area from their current work.

But have they lost their passion and purpose?

Many older workers have lost all sense of passion and purpose because of unhappy work situations.  With retirement on the horizon they wonder what retirement will mean for them. It is a turning point in life, a time for reflection. What do they really love to do? What gives them a sense of purpose? Get our retirement lifestyle guide to help you start planning your future.

You may not be able to find much passion and purpose in your current work, but if you are considering a new job or a new direction it is important that you consider what gives you fulfillment.

Career Assistance

I have had my own business for many years now, working with older workers people making a career transition. All of my career change articles are published on this site and can be accessed under Your Employment. I invite you to read some of these articles if you are looking for a new job.  Career coaching and counselling are also available via Skype or in person if you are in Brisbane.

Retirement Lifestyle Guide

If you are wondering what to do next in your life I invite you to access Rethinking your future, by Jenni Proctor from BoomersNextStep, our professional guide which will help you recognise the issues that you may not have yet considered in your retirement planning.

Retirement Planning Coaching

Now that my husband David has retired I’m taking my business down a different path. My career business continues but Young at Heart now offers retirement planning support and coaching, to help baby boomers who are considering what they want to do with their immediate future. Meanwhile we are also living aspects of the retirement lifestyle we want, with holidays, sailing and lots of family time.

 

Jenni Proctor

Hi, I'm Jenni Proctor from Boomers Next Step. Remember when the formula for success in life was simply to strive for good marks at school, gain qualifications, get a great job, work hard and save for your retirement? Yes, I believed it too! For years my husband David and I wanted to develop a business that we could operate anywhere in the world, but both of us were educated to be employees.  We had entrepreneurial dreams and ideas, but still had employee mindsets. 14 years ago I took the giant leap!  I left my job in Education to start a business as a Career Counsellor and Coach, helping mature adults transition from one career path to another, and particularly from employment to entrepreneurship.  I had studied long and hard to gain new qualifications but sadly I hadn’t learnt how to market my new business. About 12 years ago we realized that we were not tracking well towards having the sort of retirement we wanted. We’d saved; we’d invested; and like so many other people we’d also lost some money along the way. It didn’t help that my business was not bringing in as much as I had been earning as an employee. Our dreams of extensive travel and helping our family were being replaced by a growing concern that we would outlive our savings. It seemed that a traditional retirement would not allow us to maintain the lifestyle we wanted. I love helping people plan the next phase of their lives, but we realized that was not going to be enough.  We needed a way to create an income stream that would pay for the travel and other lifestyle luxuries we wanted, that would provide mental stimulation, and would interest us both.

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