There are 75 million Americans over the age of sixty, many of them looking to continue the personal growth journey that has been the hallmark of their generation. They want to grow old, not just get old. The path of purposeful aging is accessible to all - and it's fundamental to health, happiness, and longevity. Just floating along from one year to the next, accepting things as they present themselves without question or intention, is a surefire recipe for dissatisfaction and despair in later life.
The traditional milestones of old age - retirement, the death of one's parents, grandchildren, etc., are no longer definitive of what it means to be old. It's more about choices; we're freer now to decide for ourselves what being old means and how we intend to live our later years. But that requires us to confront default choices and reject easy answers. It means exploring tough questions like, "Am I living my life or someone else's version of it?" and "What's missing in my life?"
Discovering who you want to be when you grow old starts first with determining your purpose. The purpose is a verb; it is action-oriented and dynamic. It answers the question, "Why do you get up in the morning?" If there's something you love to do - write, solve technical problems, or cook - that is likely one of the gifts you need for your purpose. When you combine that gift with your passions and values, that can be an indicator of your purpose.
In this episode, you'll discover the three-step framework for unlocking purposes:
About Richard Leider:
Internationally bestselling author and coach Richard Leider is the founder of Inventure-The Purpose Company, whose mission is to help people "unlock the power of purpose" and answer that question. Forbes ranks him among the "Top 5" most respected coaches. Along the way, Richard has written eleven books, including three best-sellers selling over one million copies. The Power of Purpose and Repacking Your Bags are considered classics in the personal growth field. His latest book, Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old? defines the power of purposeful aging.
Widely viewed as a pioneer of the global purpose movement, his work has been featured in many media sources, and his PBS special, The Power of Purpose, was viewed by millions of people. He has taken his purpose message to all 50 states, Canada, and four continents, advising everyone from AARP to the National Football League to the U.S. State Department. Richard has addressed more than two million people worldwide in his speeches to corporate, association, and social service groups during his career. He and his wife, Sally, live in the Minneapolis, MN area.
Get in touch with Richard Leider:
Visit Richard's website: https://richardleider.com/
Buy Richard's book: https://revolutionizeretirement.com/growold
Download Richard's handout: https://revolutionizeretirement.com/leiderhandout
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