The Third Act: Reinventing Yourself after Retirement

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When many people retire, they discover to their dismay that they're no longer in Who's Who, but in Who's He? The psychological change is much greater than they'd expected, but it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, the Third Act can be the best part of anybody's life.

With humor, wisdom, practical advice, and inspiring stories from some of America's most distinguished leaders, Edgar M. Bronfman, former CEO of Seagram's, explores the most important lessons he's discovered about...

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Overview

When many people retire, they discover to their dismay that they're no longer in Who's Who, but in Who's He? The psychological change is much greater than they'd expected, but it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, the Third Act can be the best part of anybody's life.

With humor, wisdom, practical advice, and inspiring stories from some of America's most distinguished leaders, Edgar M. Bronfman, former CEO of Seagram's, explores the most important lessons he's discovered about planning what you will retire to; about the many different ways to learn, grow, and take on new challenges; about giving back through volunteerism, constructing a new career as fulfilling as the first, or simply following your heart. "It's not just the length of our lives that should concern us," he says. "It's the quality of our lives." The Third Act is an invaluable guide to improving both.

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...a funny, fast-paced book about how to face retirement with eagerness, confidence and pleasure.
Publishers Weekly
Addressing the disappointment or apprehension many retirees feel when faced with a lifestyle change, Edgar M. Bronfman offers The Third Act: Reinventing Yourself After Retirement. The author, who retired as CEO of Seagram's at age 65, presents practical advice from notable leaders including Walter Cronkite, Jimmy Carter, Katharine Graham, Kitty Carlisle Hart and others. Their suggestions range from volunteering in order to expand one's horizons, to exercising for longevity, to nurturing close family relationships for inspiration. One appendix gives short bios of the interviewees; another lists resources such as AARP and the Peace Corps. This is a respectful and honest guide to enjoying life after retirement. (June 10) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399148699
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/10/2002
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Edgar M. Bronfman retired as CEO of Seagram's at the age of sixty-five. He is the president of the World Jewish Congress and of the World Jewish Restitution Organization, and the chairman of the Governing Board of Hillel. He is also the author of The Making of a Jew and Good Spirits.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: There Is a Third Act 1
1 What Now? The Shock of Retirement 9
2 Find Your Passion: What Are You Going to Do with the Rest of Your Life? 31
3 Do Good: A Time for Giving Back 53
4 Never Stop Learning: Educating Yourself and Others 69
5 Keep Moving: Fitness Gives You Freedom 85
6 Vital Connections: Maintaining a Personal Support Network 103
7 Dreams Can Come True: They're Not Only for the Young 119
8 Words of Wisdom: Lessons Learned in the Third Act 131
Appendix A Biographies of Interviewees 145
Appendix B Resources for the Third Act 157
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