About five years ago, I was telling a friend how I had been feeling the need to ‘give back.’ My friend suggested I get the book Halftime – Moving from Success to Significance by Bob Buford.
After working for 30 years in various fields, from civil engineering and fast-food to marketing and sales management, doing different things like leading sales teams, to working alone in remote towns, and working for small family mom’s and pop’s outfits, to large corporations, I wanted to share some of what I had learnt.
Buford suggests that the first half of our lives are spent primarily learning, growing, and taking. It’s a time we gather most of our material possessions. We raise our children and eventually see them leave behind an empty nest. For the second half of our lives, Buford beautifully outlines how through living a life of significance, of giving, we can make the second half better than the first.
Figuring out what you want to do with the second half of your life takes careful thought and planning. The nice thing is you are invariably in a state of mind that sees life differently. At the halftime stage, you are more relaxed, calm, patient, wise and insightful – all allowing you to better figure out what you want to do with your second half.
For me, one area I felt I had something to offer, was to young graduates as they are starting out in their careers. During my career, I spent a lot of time recruiting new people, especially young adults. Hiring people meant reading through reams of resumes, and having to conduct hundreds of first, second and final interviews. But mostly, I learnt a lot about young adults, about their hopes, dreams and fears, as they are starting out in their careers. I have been afforded great mentors throughout my life, my hope was to be that for someone else. I am sure having young adults as kids myself has played a significant role in this being my passion.
I have created a Group on LinkedIn called Young Persons Career Advice. The idea is that young adults who join will get regular career advice from contributors and we will share articles of interest around building a successful career. We will cover topics such as wellness, work-life-balance, social skills, writing powerful resumes, body-language and a lot more. We want to help guide them through every aspect of the early stages of their career.
I hope you will join the group and send in a contribution from time to time – everyone has a story worth sharing. I also hope you will invite any young folks that are setting out in their careers, to join the group.
Living a life of significance doesn’t have to wait for the second half of your life, but it certainly becomes easier once you hit the halfway mark.
I have found the ‘second-half’ mindset to be quite liberating – I can highly recommend it, regardless of your age.
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