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Your Life Calling

The Next Stage Live Chat Transcript

Missed the chat with Jane and guests Tripp Hanson and Deborah Russell? Check it out here

Pauley: We didn't have time to tell you everything this morning. Just for your information, Crazy for You (Tripp's first Broadway show) won the Best Musical Tony Award in 1992. And if you'd like to see more of Tripp in his first act, here’s a link I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Well, it looks like it’s already time to wrap things up. Thank you so much for participating in this chat as a part of our "Your Life Calling" series on the Today show and here on Tripp and Deborah — thanks for being with us!

I hope you enjoyed the conversation as much as I did. Stay tuned to for more resources and inspiring stories on reinvention.

Hanson: Thanks for hanging out with us! This experience with Jane, the folks at AARP and the Today show has been an experience in gratitude for me. No one here underestimates the challenge of changing lanes midstream — but if you're compelled, if you're motivated, at the very least I hope you'll give yourself the permission to "put your periscope up" and see what grabs you. Best of luck!

Comment from Dr. Debra Weiss: Tripp, congratulations! All of us transitioned dancers should go out dancing one night!

Russell: In the midst of this difficult economy, I have found that many older workers are reflecting upon their current situations and rethinking their career opportunities and possibilities.

It's never too late to make a change, whether that means getting additional training, starting your own business or starting a new career.

The most important thing is making sure that you are working every day toward making the transition. There are so many resources out there for you to take advantage of for free. Here are some things to consider on your quest:


  1. Make sure that you have signed up for LinkedIn. Networking is critical and you never know if there's someone who knows someone else who can help you in your quest.
  2. Take advantage of the resources that are available on the and pages.
  3. Follow my monthly column that will address older jobseeker-related issues on
  4. Identify someone who you can bounce ideas off of and can give you feedback.

Best of luck to you all!

Pauley: By the way, if you ever want to have a look at any of our past Web chats, you can find them archived here. They are a great resource for reinvention advice and topics from a variety of experts and people who have successfully transitioned into new careers.

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