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Should 40- and 50-year Olds Quit Their Job?

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What if quitting your job at 50 and taking an unpaid apprenticeship was as standard a milestone as high school graduation or retirement?
 
It might sound crazy, but hear me out. 
 
We spend our whole lives working to ensure that we can provide a nice life for ourselves and our families. For a very few lucky people, the job that puts food on the table is a dream job. But all too often, we settle for work we’re not thrilled about in a field that doesn’t excite us. 
 
And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not always feasible to chase dream jobs in our 20s. Setting aside a dream career to focus on building a life is sometimes the most practical thing to do, especially when you have groceries to buy, mortgages to pay, and college funds to build. We’re told that the ends justify the means, even if we have to compromise on our dreams, says Shane Metcalf, Chief Culture Officer at 15Five.
 
So then what happens when you’re in your 40s or 50s and are financially stable? Most people stay where they are. After all, it’s easy, comfortable, and known. Before you know it, you’ve spent 30+ years in a job that was meant to pay the bills. Now, all your bills are paid but your dream job is still on the backburner.
 
What if more people quit in their 40s or 50s when they were financially secure enough to do so? 
 
I don’t mean quitting to retire. I mean quitting to gain experience in a field that ignites a fire inside. Sure, it might be an entry-level position––or even unpaid. But it’s more than just a job, it’s an opportunity to find work that’s tied to your values, beliefs, and goals.
 
When you have the financial and emotional support to choose any career, why wouldn’t you try your hand at a dream job?

Featured Mission: Jen Marr

After a career in business development, Jen Marr spent 5 years in crisis response, working with communities and individuals that experienced great tragedies. During this time, a realization dawned on her: very few people are skilled in comforting others. 

She founded Inspiring Comfort, an organization dedicated to cultivating human care and connection by establishing comfort as a teachable skill. Founded on the belief that today’s isolated, socially disconnected, and hurting world causes more harm than good, Inspiring Comfort encourages us to do a better job of caring for one another.  

Jen and Inspiring Comfort have helped thousands build a caring and connective world. She’s the author of Kickstarter’s #2 book Paws to Comfort, and she’s worked in mental health organizations that advocate Comfort Skill Programming such as the National Suicide Lifeline, Georgetown University, Northeastern University, The New York Office of Mental Health, and the American Association of Suicidology.

Our own Ashley Merdinger says, “It is so inspiring and uplifting to work with someone truly passionate about caring for others and mending our hurting world. Jen is a light at a time when we need it, and I feel lucky to get the chance to help bring her vision to life.”

New Podcast Episodes

Chris Chaney: One Letter of Resignation From The NBA Away From Becoming An Entrepreneur

Chris Chaney is the founder and managing partner at C4+ and the Co-founder and partner at Lunar Storm Capital, prominent venture capital and private equity firms in Dallas, TX. He is an award-winning serial entrepreneur (Forbes 30 Under 30, among others) and startup mentor with a 15-year leadership track record of success in global sports, esports and entertainment. A native of Germany, he is an angel investor and start-up advisor to more than 30 companies across esports, gaming, consumer, entertainment and more. Listen to his episode here.

Where We’re Hanging Out

Paparelli Podcast

Listen as Bryan Wish talks to one of his favorite and most life-changing mentors, professional Angel Investor Charlie Paparelli. Learn about Bryan’s journey of self-discovery, how every step along the way led him to where is now, and Charlie’s perspective on it all. 

Watch or listen here!

Strategic Momentum Podcast
In this episode of Connie Steele’s podcast Strategic Momentum, her and Bryan Wish discuss the importance of building a network that can help carry you to your goals. 

Listen here

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Full article here!

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Doha Debates Ambassador Program

Are you a passionate, globally-minded, critical thinker who’s eager to explore new ideas, broaden your perspectives, and create change? Apply for the Doha Debates Ambassador Program!

From August to December 2021, Doha Debates Ambassadors will engage directly with diverse global change-makers, from grassroots community practitioners to expert thought leaders, to wrestle with topics related to pressing global challenges. The Doha Debates Ambassadors will be a highly selective cohort of 30 to 40 young leaders from diverse backgrounds and from all over the world, all committed to applying global knowledge to develop local solutions. Learn more and apply here!

Thanks to Nicole Fleck for putting this on our radar. 

Momentum Writers Club
If you decided to write your book this year but you’re no closer to accomplishing your goal, then join Momentum, a 90-day writing program for new authors designed to bust through your writing blocks, keep you accountable, and help you learn the behind-the-scenes secrets of book publishing. Learn more here

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