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The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife [Format Kindle]

Marc Freedman

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Marc Freedman, hailed by the New York Times as “the voice of aging baby boomers [seeking] meaningful and sustaining work later in life,” offers a recipe for how we can transform America’s coming midlife crisis into a midlife opportunity. Millions of people in their fifties, sixties, and seventies are searching for answers to the question “What’s next?” and are navigating their way to an entirely new stage of life and work, one that could last as long as midlife. Shifting to a much longer lifespan isn’t as easy as it may seem. Unlike the transition from adolescence to adulthood, managing this process for many is a do-it-yourself project. Drawing on powerful personal stories, The Big Shift provides not only direction but a vision of what it would take to help millions find their footing in a new map of life.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 419 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 258 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1610390997
  • Editeur : PublicAffairs; Édition : 1 (10 avril 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Waste of money - and near-complete waste of time 5 septembre 2011
Par Karl Erich Martell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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My lawyer wife, preparing to retire fairly young from a successful career in government service, was casting about for ideas on what to do next. Based on a review of Marc Freedman's _The Big Shift_ that I read in the WSJ, I hopped on Amazon, read the glowing reviews, and bought it for her, figuring it would contain some helpful guidance to direct her toward new activities that would make her retirement interesting and meaningful.

My wife was excited when I told her about the reviews and promptly started to read _The Big Shift_ when it arrived. As she got a few chapters in, I noticed that she was sort of grimacing as she read. I asked about it and she said, "This just isn't useful at all. It's as if the author simply interviewed a bunch of people, read a bunch of articles, categorized it all into chapters, and then printed it out as a book. " After a while, she put it down and said, "Thanks, sweetie, but this is just not worth my time."

That was a couple of weeks ago. I just picked the book up and read it through, and I have to agree with her assessment. Perhaps _The Big Shift_ would be useful for some people, but I just don't see any of Freedman's ideas as particularly visionary: Wow, many people start fulfilling second careers in midlife. Having heard the "terza edad" concept in Latin America and Europe since I was a teen in the early '80s, I'm not that blown-away to see that someone's finally translated it into English. Other than rehashing that, there is nothing here but smug, uninspiring and banal anecdotes (neverending, all along the lines of "I was an overworked executive who gave it all up, hit bottom, and found joy teaching benighted minority youth").

I'm trying hard not to use judgmental words about _The Big Shift_, but it most certainly did not live up to the reviews. It's nothing more than an aggregation of a few stories gleaned from articles and interviews - if that would be useful or inspirational, this book's for you. I'm sorry to be the odd man out after all these glowing reviews and I don't usually write negative reviews of another's work, but I write this in the hopes of saving someone else from wasting his/her time and money. Marc Freedman's _The Big Shift_ in no way offers assistance on distilling one's interests and skills into a meaningful "encore career".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 You'll relate, and you'll laugh 18 avril 2011
Par Marci Alboher - Publié sur Amazon.com
I was so impressed with Marc's last book, Encore, that I left my work as a journalist to help build the movement for encore careers - work in the second half of life with social impact. His latest book takes the encore phenomenon a step further, by reframing the conversation around our "aging society" as one about defining a new life stage whose outlines are first being sketched. The Big Shift will get you thinking about the encore years as it relates to you, your family members, and society writ large. And as Marc tells the story of muddling through his own encore transition, you'll also enjoy more than a few laughs.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Eager to be part of this change 20 avril 2011
Par Carol Greenfield - Publié sur Amazon.com
When I told a friend recently that Marc Freedman had written a new book, "The Big Shift," that identifies a new distinct life stage after midlife, her response was "How does someone create a new life stage?"

A good question! Marc's book provides valuable insight on how this happens. The short answer is - it isn't easy to do and it does take a long time. Marc notes that it is a "long distance quest - big projects requiring vision, language, leadership, institutions and often social movements with multiple thinkers..."

We are fortunate that visionaries such as Marc are taking the lead to define this post midlife stage. There are a lot of us at this stage who are eager to be part of this change. In the Boston area, Discovering What's Next ([...]) is one community group that has taken Marc's messages to heart. A great way for everyone to begin is to read this book and start having community conversations about it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A manual on becoming a good ancestor. 19 septembre 2011
Par Ruth Henriquez Lyon - Publié sur Amazon.com
"Are we being good ancestors?" --Jonas Salk, quoted in The Big Shift

In The Big Shift author Marc Freedman answers questions that concern all of us who want to age well. How do we become "elders" -- that is, wisdom bearers -- rather than regress into a second childhood? How do we avoid being an economic drain on society, without competing with the young for jobs? How do we stay involved in our communities and leave a positive imprint on the world, even as we face being marginalized because of age-ism?

In answering these questions, Freedman argues that accepted ideas about aging no longer hold true. People are living longer, having families later in life, and facing more financial uncertainty. The era of necessarily retiring in one's sixties to a life of golf and bridge is over. And according Freedman, that's a good thing, because many people come into their highest creative energy and deepest intelligence during their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Freedman calls these years the Encore Stage - the phase that opens up between the middle years and late life, and he believes society has much to gain by harnessing the talent, wisdom, and experience of people who have lived long and learned.

Based on interviews with older people who have re-made their lives to better fit their interests and values, Freedman offers us examples of people who are "engaged in work that moves them beyond narrow personal concerns to concern for others." These are people committed to "giving back" and "giving forward" to their communities. His re-telling of their stories inspires and teaches, and as I read them I realized that many of my assumptions about aging were false. Freedman confronts these assumptions, following up with an outline of more progressive points of view by scholars such as Peter Laslett, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Mary Catherine Bateson, and others. He also presents conclusions of studies on the aging mind, which show that the mature psyche can be highly adaptable to change, steady in the face of adversity, and adept in navigating the shoals of uncertainty.

After presenting the problems and the potentials inherent in the aging process, the author draws on his experience as a social entrepreneur to outline steps for moving our society toward harnessing the gifts that older people can offer. These include making it easier for people to return to school to for re-training, more use of National Service programs by older people, updating employment policies, and setting up special savings accounts that people can draw on to help manage their encore transitions. But number one on his list is "thinking differently." All the other steps depend on our ability to shift our attitudes about aging. Freedman's book has helped me to do that, and I'm recommending it to all my friends who want to continue to grow in spirit as they grow older.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The big shift, a movement itself 15 mai 2011
Par Mickey Steffy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Marc Freedman's recently released "The Big Shift" attempts to reinterpret the years 50+. Since healthy longevity is a real possibility, this can mean a person might retire from a primary career only to confront 20 to 30 more years of active living. How does a person choose spend that valuable time? How does a person support oneself financially? Freedman suggests investigating possibilities of an "encore career." For some this means an opportunity to pursue altruistic goals. The strongest point of this book, in my opinion, is that it opens discussion about what it means to be "old." It reinforces the idea of contributing, throughout one's life, and urges America to meet the future unbiased by historical, perceptual limitations. See my full review at [...]
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