Can you believe this can happen to you? I didn't because I got fired at age 50.
I thought it might be the end of my upwardly mobile career, healthy 401(k) and house with a Scotts-fertilized lawn in a Washington, D.C. suburb because there was a good chance I would fall behind paying our jumbo mortgage.
Lots of fears. What happened instead amazed me, a new adventure changing my mindset and re-inventing my identity. New focus after 50
I remember praying alone in our basement after the kids got off to school and my wife went to work, feeling both desperate and excited, wanting more than just another job.
I wanted a new focus after 50 with a noble purpose and a clear path to get there.
What happened? I got help! I redefined failure as learning, rekindled my strengths, addressed my weaknesses and embraced risk.
I managed to bounce back. Now I'm giving back through Fired UP after 50.
My larger goal is to build a global community of encouragers identifying and leveraging their God-given gifts to enrich their world in the prime of their lives, their 50s! I create lots of free content and, for those who want to go deeper, I also offer one-on-one coaching.
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The world still needs us!
You and I were uniquely designed by our Creator to do great things, to get things done, to change people's lives.
We have gifts and strengths the world needs that only we can deliver! Your career path is illuminated with bright lights and grateful people. But you need the eyes to see it, the heart to choose it and the strength to walk it.
I want to help you rewrite your career story and reinvent your career path, giving you new clarity and confidence.
Let's focus together on your strengths. I am living proof that you can find more purpose, passion and energy in your 50s than ever before, making you happier, healthier and wealthier than ever.
What I offer you
Think of me as a friendly guide who has made the journey you're navigating now. I bounced back. Now I want to give back by helping you find that inner GPS pointing to your true north. With how-to articles, videos social media posts and more I empower mid-life professionals to take charge of their future, making their fifth decade their best yet. For those who want to go deeper, I have a side business offering two packages of one-on-one coaching.
I invite you to dream and achieve with me. Get started with this:
Had a setback? You're not alone!
It might be the demise of a dream -- your business, your career, your marriage -- filling you with inner pain and head-scratching dismay.
It might be a child's rejection of your faith and values, making you wonder where the heck you went wrong as a parent.
Or maybe it's an illness that leaves you needy and with fewer financial resources than you planned during this decade when you were supposed to finally "get ahead."
You're not alone. It's what author Rita McGrath calls an "inflection point," when everything changes. It's up to you to decide what to do next.
My inflection point -- Fired at age 50 It was a cloudy Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C.
"Don't take it personally," the new VP told me after ignoring me for days, then firing me. "It happens to everyone."
Everyone? Not quite, but most of us. Consider these government stats: