"Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham www.phdcomics.com
Do something you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
-George Burns, Comedian
In my consultations and workshops with twenty-somethings I try to get at the root of the stress and anxiety we’re hearing so much about recently. Where’s this coming from exactly?
What I often hear is that it’s uncertainty about the future, and I wonder - how is it any different for them than it was for us (elders) at this age?
I’m coming to believe that it is different, and here’s why: We didn’t have as many career options or as many possible paths we could take. You were either going to college or not. You were going to specialize or generalize - Ever heard of a degree in “Citrus?” Not to mention the competition and pressure to succeed which begins earlier (and earlier) nowadays. Today, by telling young people: “you can be anything you want to be”, “take your time, you’ll figure it out” is extremely daunting and they see through this, knowing it’s a setup. The parents do too. How many things magically fell into place during your life?
The Twenties are a pivotal time in a young person’s life where squandering opportunities and spending too much time “finding yourself” can be disastrous. Did you know that two-thirds of life-time wage growth happens in the first ten years of a career? – The Defining Decade: Why your twenties matter – and how to make the most of them now, Meg Jay, PhD
Here’s what I also think: As parents we’ve created these structured lives for our kids allowing them fewer opportunities to make the big decisions themselves. We want to protect them so badly that when they get to college, we seem to throw them to the wind and then wait expectantly for them to come home and tell us they have it all figured out.
What I try to do with my students and others is provide the tools, guidance, and confidence to identify some possibilities that excite them.
I help students figure out what it is they think they might want to do with their lives then how to develop a concrete plan to begin moving in the right direction. It’s okay to be uncertain, becoming paralyzed with fear of the future becomes debilitating. Young people are becoming immobilized and, in some cases, physically ill.
In the age of anxiety, everyone needs a little guidance. If I can help anyone get on the right track for their future, I'll be doing my job right. Explore the other pages of this site to see how I can help you follow the path that is best for your life.
Balance is walking the tightrope between too much and not enough.
-Mitch Anthony, The New Retirementality
By the time you reach the mid-career stage of life you have substantially more life and work experience under your belt. You’re realizing that other things are important besides a career. Career and life goals may seem to be at cross-purposes. You may even be recognizing that “having it all” is a bit of a pipedream and may be looking for life to be more manageable.
Enjoy this informative article that discusses having a clear view of what matter most:
Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life
Don't simply retire from something;
HAVE SOMETHING TO RETIRE TO.
Hear what students from a recent workshop had to say about their experience - Life's Too Short to be a Bystander - Design Your Life Your Way!
What Am I Going To Do With All This Time?
You’ve worked your tail off getting to where you are and looking down the road to the days when you will have time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. If you’re like most people you’ve been so busy keeping your head above water, juggling work/life that you’ve given little thought to how you will spend the 168 hours each week you will have to yourself.
“Regardless of how much money you have, without a plan for how you’ll use that time you will struggle to enjoy this fruitful stage of life”, says Mitch Anthony, author of The New Retirementality: Planning Your Life and Living Your Dreams
Envisioning what you want this stage of your life to look like is a crucial step toward ensuring a successful transition to your "next act". Pivot-Point will help you analyze who you are and what you want in life, clarify your core values and envision where you see yourself in the future, then develop a roadmap to get on your way. Explore the other pages of this site to see how I help you follow the path that is best for you.