So: You sold your business, got on the wrong side of a merger, or someone gave you a gold watch and a Bankers Box for your belongings. Either way, if you are in relatively good health, feel you still have something to contribute, and you have already done the golfing, overeating, and being underfoot thing, It may be time for the second act!
In the theatre the second act is where the plot develops, the characters have all been introduced, and it’s time to get on with the play. Now the good news! If you are a second actor you may be starting with some advantages. The house may be paid for (or getting there), the kids are probably through school, or at least on their way, and you get to finally figure out what you want to be when you grow up.
Let’s start at the beginning, There are vocations and avocations. These may be similar for you, or they may not. One way to look at it: A vocation is a job or career, and an avocation is more of a calling. To put it simply, if you didn’t have to work to buy the groceries, what would you do?
You may have an answer, you may not, or it is only a glimmer right now, but let me assure you, it may be the most important thought process you have undertaken in a while. Here is where I ask the coaching question, If you knew you could not fail, what would you attempt? And at the risk of sounding trite, you can’t fail! You can have setbacks, maybe even roadblocks, but at the end of the day, as I have said before, everything is either a win or a teaching exercise. If you fail again and again and don’t learn anything, you are the target for a different blog post!
We will go into this in more detail later but get started now.
Get your thoughts on paper. Not your phone, not your Ipad, Paper! Study after study has proven that putting it on paper unlocks the creative part of the brain that is necessary for it to work at its best.
Don’t make a manuscript, or a hundred-page business plan, just get your thoughts down. Bullet points, big letters poor grammar whatever; there is time to make it pretty later.