Each month, Margaret features a person, place or favorite thing that inspires her, with the hope that it will inspire you, too.

Golf is great, but an “Encore Career” may bring more satisfaction and yes, perhaps even happiness to a generation of boomers who find themselves getting in the mood to take up Peggy Lee’s mantra, “Keep on dancing…if that’s all there is…” And that dancing is leading them right off the dance floor and directly into the freedom to do some fancy footwork in an “Encore Career.”

Marc Freedman’s book, Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life, tells the stories of men and women moving beyond their midlife careers into a new phase of work. This work not only offers continued income, but the promise and reality of a more meaningful life by doing work that personally connects their values to their vision for a better world.

If it is true, as many economists purport, that the American Dream has turned into a nightmare, then perhaps there is a transformation taking place among several generations. As we join together, we create a new American Dream that includes caring, sharing and “Encore Careers” as part of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Conspicuous Consumption is making way for Conspicuous Compassion in the workplace.

Find Encore at Amazon.com

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