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When Michael Clinton was preparing to step out of the day-to-day work world after a 42-year magazine publishing career, he found a wealth of information about getting older but little on reimagining what a 50-plus life can be. And so he wrote his own book, ROAR: into the Second Half of Your Life (Before It’s Too Late).
A guide for anyone contemplating a midlife change — whether in work, relationships or lifetime goals — his new book offers practical advice for those who wish to “rewire” or “refire,” instead of retire, when they can still enjoy an engaged and passionate life. Clinton shares 40 interviews with people who have done just that (the book editor who decided to become a doctor at 51, the marketing executive who founded a horse sanctuary) and breaks the process down to four steps, which make up the acronym of his title:
- Reimagine yourself.
- Own who you are.
- Act on what’s next.
- Reassess your relationships to get you there.
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“The magic that we’re beginning to see is that people who are living longer are more dynamic and engaged than any generation before them,” says Clinton, 68, who is an avid photographer, pilot, marathon runner and winemaker. “So the big question is, What do I do next? Your first career does not have to define what a second or third career might be. If you’re 70 and healthy, you have a good shot at living to be 90-plus.”