Author Nancy Anderson is probably the best career coach that I have every interviewed. She not only seems to have a special intuition about what one’s career path should be, she has an amazing wise insight into our current career marketplace. What I love about her book ” Work with Passion in Midlife and Beyond” is that it is easy to read and more importantly full of great advice and guidance.
What she conveys in our interview together is that when one reaches midlife the desire to have a vocation that is meaningful and on purpose is heightened. As she states we have gone through our years of raising kids, growing our bank accounts and now we want to focus on a vocation that will make a difference.
I would concur with her, for me personally this happened when I turned age 50. I also have spoken with many of my friends and their seems to be a stirring and uncomfortable feeling that we don’t have much time and we need to change career course with more meaningful work.
Nancy states that change for the better takes place in three (3) stages. The first stage is when you admit that what your’re doing is not working, and you ask for help if you need it. Then comes the second and most difficult state, stopping what your’re doing that is not working. If you persist in your efforts, you reach the third and final state, making choices that work for your. Now this may all sound simple, but when you are in the middle of a career and considering a choice this can be scary.
Nancy says that identifying and facing our fears is the crucial step in the first stage of change. She states that in the book “Think and Grow Rich” Napoleon Hill discribes six basic fears that keep you stuck in the past. These fears are as follows: 1) the fear of poverty 2) the fear of criticism, 3) the fear of loss of love 4) the fear of illness 5) the fear of old age 6) the fear of death. I would say that about covers them all.
Nancy also recommends that when we are ready to take the next step that we rewrite our life story. Now this is probably the best advice for anyone wanting to explore their authentic self and the core of their personality. Going through this exercise is very revealing, and can be life altering–I know for I have completed this exercise and it is extremely empowering. You see that once you do this exercise this much if revealed from your past, and frequently we are carrying emotional baggage forward into our life today and it is not serving us.
So, if you want to work with passion and live the life you want I think that Nancy Anderson book “Work with Passion in Midlife and Beyond” is the perfect reference. She also is the author of “Work with Passion” which is also a great book on career coaching. If you want to learn more about Nancy and how she can help you specifically please click here to be directed to her website.
I hope you enjoy my interview with this wonderfully insightful career and life coach–Nancy Anderson. You can also watch a wonderful video at YouTube by clicking here.