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Two Simple Practices to Improve Your Work Peace of Mind.

Is your monkey mind keeping you up at night? Frustrated about your relationship with a work colleague? Your pet project feels like it's going sideways? You're on a dysfunctional team? The company feels financially unstable? The list is endless, and when it's stuck in your head, it just grows longer.

Two Simple Practices to Improve Your Work Peace of Mind.
Leadership

Mindset vs. Skillset

I've never been to Davos for the World Economic Forum, and frankly, I have no desire to go. Despite being filled with well-meaning leaders who sound smart and altruistic, it often seems divorced from mainstream reality. Take, for instance, the Forum's Reskilling Revolution Initiative from four years ago, which aims to empower a billion people by 2030 with new skills and opportunities. It's all well and good, but teaching midlifers to become computer programmers looks awfully foolish in the era of AI.

Mindset vs. Skillset
Mindset
Career

Memento Mori.

Chip: Rocky may be our most prolific guest poster and his essays always fill me with inspiration.

Memento Mori.
Guest Post
Death

A Wake Up Call.

Chip's editorial comment: Jill is one of the first people I met in Baja more than a dozen years ago as she’d packed up in midlife and moved down as an artist and soon-to-be gallery owner. This experience she writes about is just a reminder that life is precious.

A Wake Up Call.
Guest Post
Death

Why Drinking Gets More Treacherous As We Age.

Over my nearly two months of radiation, I drank alcohol just four nights or about once every other week, as compared to usually drinking five to six nights per week. This wasn’t easy over the “holi-daze” with all the social drinking, but it was easier in January when it seemed like almost everyone was abstaining.

Why Drinking Gets More Treacherous As We Age.
Health

The Value of a Growth Mindset in Business.

When I started studying Carol Dweck's theory of growth mindset over a half-dozen years ago, I asked folks at the Growth Mindset podcast (https://bit.ly/48mGeVy) what companies or leaders most invest in a growth mindset. They said, "Microsoft. Their relatively new CEO Satya Nadella believes this could be their strategic competency."

The Value of a Growth Mindset in Business.
Leadership

Do You Welcome or Dread Becoming an Elder?

"Elder" is a jarring word for some. Sounds too much like "elderly" and is a reminder of one's age relative to those around you. For others, "elder" denotes a stage of life you've earned, wisdom you've gained. Everyone becomes older, but not everyone becomes an elder. I loved it when the Airbnb millennials called me their "modern elder," someone as curious as I was wise (according to them). It reminded me that being an elder today is not about reverence but relevance.

Do You Welcome or Dread Becoming an Elder?
Modern Elder

How to Become Rich.

“Love and service make us rich.” -Anne Lamott

How to Become Rich.
Service

4 Paths to Midlife Purpose.

Many of us have "purpose performance anxiety." We feel dazed and confused about why we're here on earth while we believe all of our friends are deeply entwined with their purpose. It's almost like we're the only person on our cul-de-sac without a BMW, and we feel ashamed. If that's even 10% true for you, reread this paragraph and laugh at it with yourself. It's time to take life a little less seriously.

4 Paths to Midlife Purpose.
Purpose

The New New Beginner.

Chip: We all deserve to become beginners again in midlife as MEA alum Tom Cosgrove suggests here.

The New New Beginner.
Learning
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