• Ready To Live Forever? Surprising Advice From Marc Freedman
    The real fountain of youth is the fountain with youth.
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  • A Culinary Instructor's Second Act Brings Fine Dining To A Soup Kitchen
    The people here are so appreciative. I get a thousand times more than I give.
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  • Finding New Life As A Hospice Chaplain
    I feel I was called to do this.
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  • The Making Of A Modern Elder: Chip Conley Joins The Millennials At Airbnb
    I was seeking the wisdom as much as I was dispensing it.
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  • Facing The Music: A DJ Side Hustle Turns Into A Full-Time Gig
    I said "There's no turning back...One way or the other, it's gonna work."
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  • Can A City Have A Second Act? Welcome to Irving, Texas
    When bad things happen, you just tough up and get on going.
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  • A Neighbor's Dying Wish Launches A Second Act
    Listen to your gut and follow your intuition. Even if it's uncomfortable, listen to your gut.
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  • A Cop Leaves The Force for Corporate America
    Money is no replacement for purpose.
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  • Lizzie Leaves Tech And Starts "The Humble Retreat"
    Living your truth is listening to your intuition and not being afraid to act…It's taking the courage to truly do what you know brings you happiness.
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  • Can One Woman Fix Foster Care? Meet Judy Cockerton
    There's no greater feeling than doing what you're meant to be doing. I highly recommend living a life of meaning and purpose.
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  • An Injury Ended His NFL Career: So He Became An Opera Singer
    There's a diamond in there. It needs to be polished but there's a diamond.
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  • Tennis Anyone? Leaving Boeing To Become A High School Coach
    I always wanted to figure out a way to try to do something career-wise that involved tennis. I didn't exactly know what that was.
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  • Changing His Tune: Dr. Arnie Rosen Is Now A Band Grandpa
    How do I want to spend my day? I want to spend my day at a school in a band room.
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  • The Man Who Sends College Students To Prison: Jim Farrin's Second Act
    I went into the dictionary and ripped the page out that says "retirement" because why in the world should you stop working if you love it.
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  • Don't Retire, REWIRE! 24 Minutes with Author Jeri Sedlar
    Self-knowledge is really key. I hate to say it, but when we've been doing life 24/7, we don't always take the time to stop and say, "Who am I and what do I need to make me happy?"
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  • Telephone Repairman Follows A Life-Long Dream: Designing Women's Shoes
    Do I wanna be laying on my deathbed saying, "Oh, I'm so glad I played it safe." No, I know I have more in me….
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  • Cathy & the Crankshafts: Social Worker Learns To Fix Cars For Working Poor
    I have a belief that we are put on this earth to care for one another, to live in community, to tend to one another.
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  • Identifying Your Ideal Second Act: Nancy Collamer and the 25 Questions
    Figure out what you love to do, do well, and find most meaningful, and then get out there and put yourself in opportunities way.
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  • Anita Hellman, Beat Cancer Boot Camp
    She Started "Beat Cancer Boot Camp" (This Pity Party Is Over)
    I blow the whistle and we line up to start the class. It starts every day the same way. I shout, "It's a beautiful day for Boot Camp."
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  • A Gambler Gets A Second Chance: The Fall And Rise Of Terence Gerchberg
    There is no doubt in my mind that running saved my life. It gives me so much joy, so much focus, such a beautiful outlet. I honestly don't know what I'd do without running.
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  • Buddy's Unusual Path: Radio Disc Jockey to Economic Developer
    I took six months off. I told myself I wasn't gonna do anything during that period. And so I started thinking, "Well, what do I want to do?"
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  • "Mama, I'm Gay" Fuels A Second Act
    Do you know what it means at the age of 55 asking yourself for the first time in your life, "Who am I?" That was big deal.
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  • What Is "Post Traumatic Growth?" Interview with "Jolt" Author Mark Miller
    A traumatic life event can just cause people to re-examine everything. And the post-traumatic growth experience is about someone who has that need to assemble a new sense of meaning because their existing sense of meaning has been shattered.
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  • Fired at 64...An Entrepreneur at 66
    The older entrepreneurs in this country have a 70 percent success rate starting new ventures. We're like the Golden State Warriors of entrepreneurs...
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  • Exiting the Courtroom: A Trial Lawyer Finds Nature Photography
    The voice said to me: "Richard, all you do is swagger around in a courtroom and argue with people. There's all kinds of things going on out there in the world and you're missing it."
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  • Not Just For Kicks: NFL Place Kicker Returns For Diploma 33 Years Later
    I've been in some big offices with some powerful people. And they want to know what it feels like to play football. And behind them is a framed diploma. And that's the one thing I never had.
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  • Honey, I Just Bought A Liquor License: Sharon Starts A Wine Store
    I make much less money now then when I was an investment banker. But there literally has not been a single day in 11 plus years where I've said, "Oh man, I have to go to work today."
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  • Goodbye GE...Hello JC: Father James Martin's Second Act
    The question that every person should be asked is, 'What would you do if you could do anything you wanted to do?" That's a very clarifying question.
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  • Acting Is Her Second Act: A Public Relations Star Finds A New Role
    I felt like I needed some new goal of my life. I wound up taking an acting class because it was something I'd loved as a kid.
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  • James and the Perfect Burger: Redemption With A Side of Fries
    “I was committed that I wasn't coming back. I wanted the things that I set forth in the penitentiary to dictate my freedom upon being released."
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  • The Last Laugh: 81-Year Old Man Tries His Hand At Stand-Up Comedy
    “I like to make people laugh and I really do believe that there are times when I'm taking their minds off their problems..."
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  • Ready for Some Expert Advice? 23 Minutes with Marci Alboher
    "To make a successful transition to a second act, you need two things: flexibility and humility."
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  • Getting Benchwarmers in the Game: Retired Engineer Keeps a Promise
    "I really struggled with sports...I was never good...I never got to play because I never got picked...and it really affected me..."
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  • From "Late Night with Conan" to Rikers Island
    "I'm going to give myself one year without worrying about getting another job. If I do, I do, and if I don't, I don't..."
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  • Goodbye Journalism…Hello Baked Goods
    “And so I thought when I decided to do something different, I thought what do I know? What makes me happy? And that was baking, cooking, and feeding people.”
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  • An Investment Banker Goes Back to School
    “If there was anything that changed my life, it was my education. And so when I turned 50 that was in the back of my mind…”
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  • Second Life Bikes is Her Second Act
    “September 11th, I was on my bike heading down the West Side Highway…and I saw the first plane come into the building...”
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  • From Big Law to Methodist Minister
    “I started to realize that I'm in the wrong profession and I've been in the wrong profession for 25 years.”
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  • A Doctor's Passion Takes Him to Uganda
    “The love, the meaning that I have received, I will never ever be able to give back to them…I want to do so much more because these people are such good people.”
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  • A Second Act That's Clean and Sober
    “The journey with my addiction has been painful. It's been the most heart-breaking experience I've ever had in my life…”
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Welcome to Second Act Stories, a podcast that shares the stories of people who have made major career changes to pursue more rewarding lives in a second act. The stories are in their own words and the words of friends and family that helped them find a new path.

Every two weeks we bring you a new story. Each episode examines the “before” and “after” phases of a life/career change and offers lessons learned.

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