How To: Have a Second Act

“It’s never too late for a second act”.

Those words of wisdom came from a quite surprising place – a sitcom. Last year, I was watching the sitcom ‘The Middle’ and the main character, Frankie (the family’s mother) was having something of a midlife crisis. She had just been let go from her job as a car salesperson, a job that she didn’t really like anyway, and didn’t know what to do next. Through a series of plot twists she came to discover an aptitude for dentistry so, with the support of her family, decided to start her career over again by studying to be a dental nurse.

That episode helped me to make my own “second act” decision and return to study, undertaking a degree in Psychology. I’ve had a keen interest in the field for a long time and actually started studying it in 2004, however I dropped out after one semester because a promotion at work meant I didn’t feel like I had the time to study. It’s an interest that’s been on my back-burner for as long as I can remember and I’m glad that I’m now giving it a shot. You never know unless you give it a go!

To my mind it makes perfect sense. We only get one life, so why waste it being miserable just to pay the bills? Do what you love.

How do you have a Second Act? It’s a simple yet challenging process:

1. Think about what gets you really passionate. If it’s not what you’re doing now, then why are you doing it? Happiness comes when you do what you live and love what you do, so take a leap of faith.
2. Consider where you are today, where you want to be and what you need to do to get there, then map out a plan for yourself.
3. DO IT! Enrol in that course. Start that business. Breed those camels. Take action every day in support of your creating your best life.

Good luck!

Tell me all about your ‘second act’ dreams and/or success stories!

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