When I turned 50, I started thinking about what I wanted to do during my retirement. I knew that I didn't want to continue punching a clock; or answering schedule requirements. My dilemma was, how did I take my passion and make it meaningful and profitable. How did I take my desire to help others and turn it into a resource that I could depend on for financial support? The answer seemed to evade me until I realized happiness and success did not equal money. As you look at the rapidly approaching time of retirement, you may be wondering what to do in the next phase of your life. It is up to you.
Inside I felt nervous, yes I was concerned and downright scared to death. You know what I'm talking about, that nagging tickle in the middle of your stomach that won't go away. I looked at my bills and said, how can I start a new career with the bills that I have right now, how will I make enough income. I didn't know how I was going to do it, but I did know it was necessary. I had recently endured a traumatic event that scared me enough to know that I couldn't wait any longer for the perfect time. I was used to that comfortable bi-weekly check. I knew what time to check my bank account on Wednesday night to confirm the deposit, but I had reached a point in life that said I had to give it up and start my own business.
So I launched. I started writing to chronicle my thoughts, and I decided to focus on one area of life that I knew all too well. I picked a subject that many people ran from, and I made it my own. I started writing about my experience with divorce. I decided that I wanted to encourage women and help them understand the process. I began to let others know that divorce was not the end; actually, life was starting in a new and exciting way. I shared tips on how to manage finances and how to make sure to get insurance in order and to protect their children. My followers and coaching business began to grow slowly at first, but eventually, it reached a point that was satisfactory for my goals.
Starting a new career will not bring overnight success, and a new business venture takes time and commitment to the process. Anything new takes discovery, research, and planning. Consistency matters the most, bringing your dream to life and letting the world see the beauty of your vision is a success. As you begin to launch your encore career, remember this, life wasn't lived in one day, and your new business will take time to cultivate. Be patient, and your business will grow.