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Your Life Calling With Jane Pauley

Support for New and Aspiring Entrepreneurs

If you missed the online chat with Jane and her guest, Devin Jopp, Ed.D., of the small-business mentoring organization SCORE, you can catch the conversation here.

Jopp: In answer to Claire's question, SCORE counseling is free. We are funded by the Small Business Administration. We have 360 locations across the United States. Go to SCORE.org for more information.

Comment from milastone
: I think you made a great point about the nine months that Thomas the alpaca guy took before delving into the alpaca business. I dream of having my own family business. I'm thinking of working in a kitchen on a campsite so I can better understand the depth of owning a restaurant and managing a business, but I'm nervous about it. Any advice?

Pauley: I'm not the pro here, but why limit your options to a kitchen on a campsite? Why not make a project over the next couple of weeks of visiting a restaurant where you feel you might fit, and then apply to one for a job?

Comment from Jeanne P.
: Jane, your comment about mothering fits me. My passion was my mothering!

Pauley: Jeanne, you don't ask a question but you inspire a thought. Sometimes our primary passions are so powerful, like mothering, that they cloud our ability to recognize any other interests. For those of us whose passion was mothering, we need to make a real effort to possibly set aside that passion and make a sincere exploration to ask, "What else interests me? What else was I famous for among my friends? What else would I like to get even better at than I am now?" All the books I've read about reinvention tend to agree on the notion that people need to be reintroduced to themselves. That was certainly true for me.

Comment from George K.
: I'm not trying to amass a fortune. My goal is to encourage all age groups to pursue a healthy lifestyle that is ageless and timeless. To date, I have invested a great deal of time and energy creating a website that features exceptional athletes ages 50 and above. How do I get the message to the public without a great deal of marketing investment?

Pauley: George, I'm no athlete. That won't come as a surprise to anyone! But having more time than I did when I had a full-time job and three kids at home, I started exercising in my late 50s. I'm a swimmer. I realized that I probably have not been as physically fit since I was a junior high school cheerleader. I've seen research recently that talked about how fitness can be achieved at any age, but the advice was to start small, and then you get stronger. I can remember when swimming 10 minutes without stopping was remarkable. I called it my personal best. Today, I do 30 minutes and I say to myself,  "You go, Jane!"

Jopp: The great thing about marketing today is that the Internet is the great equalizer. If I were you, I would invest time in using social mediums like Facebook, Twitter, and other tools to talk about what your company does in an educational manner. You'll be shocked at the great results you can achieve with very little money.

Comment from Jini : Jane, maybe instead of the word reinvention, reaffirmation should be used. A lot of people start out in their youth with great promise and then come to realize that their career path was not controlled by them. Reaffirmation of oneself would allow for the "now mature" worker to reaffirm where they want to go.

Pauley: Jini, that's a wonderful phrase, and I encourage you to take that phrase back to the AARP.org Reinvention Group that I referred to earlier. I think you have a lot to say, as does everyone who has been generous with their ideas and presence today. Let's keep this dialog going. Thanks everybody!

Jopp: Thank you Jane, and thank you everyone for the wonderful questions.

Pauley: Thank you to Dr. Jopp and our online visitors for participating in today’s live chat as part of AARP's "Your Life Calling" series. Catch me on the Today show on May 19, where I'll be bringing you another great story about someone who is working to hear their life calling. Please visit AARP.org/Jane for more resources and inspiring stories about reinvention.

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