You don’t have to freeze your body. No need for bionic limbs. And you can hold off on eating mountains of kale (thank goodness). If you want to live forever, then focus on building a legacy via meaningful work with younger generations.
Last month, I sat down for an hour with the man who is essentially the creator of the encore career movement. His name is Marc Freedman and he appropriately heads up an organization called Encore.org. Here’s a quick summary of some of his accomplishments:
- Marc is the winner of the 2018 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence;
- He was named a “Legend in Mentoring” by Mentoring.org;
- He was named an “Influencer in Aging” by PBS’ Next Avenue;
- Marc is the author of five books including his latest work, “How To Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations.”
“How To Live Forever” gives dozens of fascinating examples of intergenerational experiences from across the United States and the globe. It lays out a road map for finding purpose and happiness later in life.
Marc introduces us to a range of engaging characters successfully connecting, mentoring and collaborating with younger generations. My favorite adage from Freedman’s book: “The real fountain of youth is the fountain with youth.”
I loved “How To Live Forever” and thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Marc. Today’s podcast is longer than our usual episodes but candidly the conversation was so rich in content it was just too good to cut down.