Monthly Archives: September 2010

September 2010: Portfolio Life

Portfolio Life: The New Path to Work, Purpose & Passion After 50, by David Corbett, 2007.
I reach for this book all the time to recommend to others but also as an inspirational guide for myself. I love that Corbett is writing from a historic customhouse in the Boston Harbor (my roots) and is speaking to the same principles that I have incorporated into my coaching practice over the years.
Corbett draws on research and his own extensive work with professionals to advocate that the strongest career trend occurring now is the desire for one to seek meaningful work that makes a positive difference in our world. It doesn’t get any better than that! It’s a great book!
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September Tip 2010: Changing Your Mindset

Are you willing to experiment with shifting your life perspective? To move from a linear life vision to a muti-faceted vision takes a major change in how you see yourself and your world around you.

Start with slowly moving away from traditional expectations of “what should happen when” in your career and personal life. Challenge yourself to consider adopting a “portfolio lifestyle” which is a balanced mix of work, learning, recreation, family and community contribution. Sounds interesting?

Here are five shifts in your thinking to start with . . .

  • Give yourself permission to be optimistic
  • Seek out change – stretch your comfort zone daily
  • Slow down to think and allow yourself to imagine
  • Take responsibility for designing your own next chapter
  • Be curious about everything and willing to learn anything
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