What Do You Want to Do when You Grow up? Starting the Next Chapter of Your Life

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Renowned psychologist Dorothy Cantor thoughtfully shows how to create an exciting future in this road map for anyone in middle or retirement age.Later life can be richly fulfilling, intensely satisfying, and even marked by a newfound attitude toward life. Cantor's work proves that there is more to life after work than material security. She knows what it takes for us to keep growing and presents a dynamic plan for exploring our past and present in order to discover how best to ...
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Overview

Renowned psychologist Dorothy Cantor thoughtfully shows how to create an exciting future in this road map for anyone in middle or retirement age.Later life can be richly fulfilling, intensely satisfying, and even marked by a newfound attitude toward life. Cantor's work proves that there is more to life after work than material security. She knows what it takes for us to keep growing and presents a dynamic plan for exploring our past and present in order to discover how best to design the years ahead.

Cantor supplies practical tools for taking an inventory of our major decisions, role models, wishes, disappointments, and talents. Next she shows how to pull all of the information together and make a plan for the next chunk of life - the time when we can enjoy the greatest freedom, when all the choices are up to us.

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Psychologist Cantor (Women in Power with Toni Bernay) presents middle-aged readers with a blank road map enabling them to chart a personal course for the succeeding chapters in their lives, whether they are 38 years old and looking to make a major career change or 68 and contemplating a retirement in which they can "develop a genuine occupation... because of an inherent, personal meaning, need, or calling." Noting that most advice manuals for people in the second half of their lives focus on finances and health, she points out that once her older clients in therapy took control of these two issues, they found they "hadn't planned in any way what they were going to do with their healthy bodies and comfortable bank accounts." Certainly, Cantor says, readers should revel in the "honeymoon" phase of transition between major life courses, though an extended honeymoon can bring on ennui or inertia, marring the later stage of life she believes can encompass the most freedom and options. With Thompson's (Material Fitness) capable assistance, Cantor deftly guides readers through a series of clear explanations and cogent exercises, including creating a "life inventory" of personal tendencies, likes and dislikes, and needs for optimal comfort, enjoyment and success, which will enable readers to formulate individualized plans for consciously moving into the next chapter of their lives. Agent, Marcy Posner, William Morris Agency. (Jan. 23) Forecast: Cantor will appear on national television talk shows and conduct a book-signing tour of New York; Dayton and Columbus, Ohio; Atlanta; and Vero Beach, Fla. With a strong publicity push to support this thoughftul and practical addition to the midlife category, booksellers should expect healthy sales. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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I have a husband talking retirement (with the aging government workforce, what Fed is not?), but concentrating on how much we will need to make it. Years ago, I switched careers from an unhappy pharmacist technician to a librarian and book reviewer, but panicked over a drop in income. What Do You Want To Do When You Grow Up? would have been quite handy and is quite useful for my spouse's near future plans. The self-help tome is extremely helpful in a practical way as it reminds individuals that financial security and physical health are important, but to make sure that personal fulfillment is not ignored. Though advertised for retirees, wannabe-retirees, or mid-life job swappers, this book should be required reading for high school and college students because the steps and exercises help the reader focus on personal goals. Dorothy Cantor and Andrea Thompson have written a winner that provides useful guidance in an easy to follow and read book that assists the individual "starting the next chapter of your life".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316127141
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 1/23/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Chapter 1

The Capacity to Grow,

The Need to Choose:

An Introduction

Since you have bought this book, or at least picked it up to thumb through in the bookstore, clearly the question posed in the title has piqued your interest. Perhaps it reminded you of a similar question you were asked every now and then by one of the adults in your life when you were a kid - "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

Can you make the transition to after work or to a really new kind of work in a thoughtful, orderly, and satisfactory way, not with fear and trembling but with confidence that what you are doping out for yourself will be rewarding, invigorating, and fun? Absolutely, if you put some time and energy into charting a path.

Centuries ago, when the world was still largely unknown, cartographers sometimes wrote at the edges of their maps, in those spaces indicating lands or seas still to be discovered, the words "Beyond this place, there be dragons!" The prospect of exploring the unknown is usually daunting, and sometimes scary. But the dragons go away - indeed, turn out never to have been there - once the map is drawn. Only by drawing your map, and charting the uncharted, can you design a life of your own choosing.

(c) 2000 by Dorothy Cantor

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent self-help book

    I have a husband talking retirement (with the aging government workforce, what Fed is not?), but concentrating on how much we will need to make it. Years ago, I switched careers from an unhappy pharmacist technician to a librarian and book reviewer, but panicked over a drop in income. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GROW UP? would have been quite handy and is quite useful for my spouse¿s near future plans. The self-help tome is extremely helpful in a practical way as it reminds individuals that financial security and physical health are important, but to make sure that personal fulfillment is not ignored. <P>Though advertised for retirees, wannabe-retirees, or mid-life job swappers, this book should be required reading for high school and college students because the steps and exercises help the reader focus on personal goals. Dorothy Cantor and Andrea Thompson have written a winner that provides useful guidance in an easy to follow and read book that assists the individual ¿starting the next chapter of your life¿. <P>Harriet Klausner

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