What Do You Want To Do When You Grow Up?: Starting the Next Chapter of Your Life

Overview

This practical and inspiring guide to negotiating lifes passagesespecially career change and retirementtakes readers on a richly rewarding voyage of self-discovery. The ultimate destination: personal as well as professional fulfillment. A much-needed manual in this era of widespread layoffs, corporate downsizing, and a workforce in seemingly perpetual transition.

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Overview

This practical and inspiring guide to negotiating lifes passagesespecially career change and retirementtakes readers on a richly rewarding voyage of self-discovery. The ultimate destination: personal as well as professional fulfillment. A much-needed manual in this era of widespread layoffs, corporate downsizing, and a workforce in seemingly perpetual transition.

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What People Are Saying

Rosalynn Carter
Dorothy Cantor shows you the way to take stock of your life and map out plans for a future that will be meaningful and deeply satisfying.
— (Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady and author of Helping Yourself Help Others and Helping Someone with Mental Illness)
Norine G. Johnson
A remarkable, on-the-mark book for anyone twenty-five to eighty-five who is planning a job change or contemplating retirement.
—(Norine G. Johnson, Ph.D., president, American Psychological Association)
Bill Bradley
Dr. Cantor's calm and concrete suggestions ease the apprehension of change and help us be open to wonderful new experiences. In effect, she dares us to dream and to live our dreams.
— (Bill Bradley, former U.S. senator)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316127981
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 7/26/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 855,460
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments XI
1. The Capacity to Grow, the Need to Choose: An Introduction 3
2. Retirement Dreams, Job Realities 20
What I Will be Doing When I Am No Longer Spending Most of My Time At the Work I Am Doing Now
My Job Realities--Fifteen Good Things (Besides Money) I Get from My Job
3. Well-Being and the American Adult: What Is It? Who Has It? 47
The Good Life, Well Lived
Six Dimensions of Adult Well-Being
On the Job, After the Job: Well-Being or Burnout
Purposeful Activity, Serious Leisure, and the Power of Flow
Finding the Fit: Four Stories
4. From "I'm Going to be an Astronaut" to "I've Got to Pick A Major": Preparing for the "Real World" 69
What I First Longed to Be When I Grew Up
My Obsessions and Reigning Passions
Lessons on the Home Front
My Heroes, My Favorite or Most Unforgettable People
College Days: The Pluses and the Minuses
5. From Getting a Job to Having Arrived: The World of Work 106
My First Job--What and Why
My Career-Building Years: Steps, Turning Points, and Transitions
What I Loved, What I Hated; What I Was Good At, What I Was Not Good At
6. Reflecting: The View from the Great Plateau 141
The Balancing Act: My Work, My Family, and the Rest
My Success Equation
7. What I Want to do When I Grow Up: A Plan for the Rest of the Story 159
What I Want, What I Need: The Ten Motivators
How I'll Get There, What Might Stop Me: The Ten Activators
My Retirement Dreams, Revisited
8. Getting Started, Again 213
Honeymooning
Testing New Waters
The Small Voice of "I Really Should ..."
The Resistance Factor
The Second Wind
Goal Setting and the Good-Enough Factor
A Touch of Inspiration
Afterword 241
Notes 247
Index 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Highly recommended for people considering retirement - to be read at least a year prior to a life transition to allow for time to process the information and find a good fit for a fulfilling future.

    Usually I find this kind of book too simplistic and consisting of many words that say very little. This book is an exception in that it offers food for thought as well as exercises that I actually DID because they actually were of interest.
    This book offers good material for processing your way towards a fulfilling next life stage. It is by far the best of this genre of literature that I have encountered in my search for a framework to make choices around future retirement.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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