Getting to the next phase• An end is:• A transition• A beginning
What I Know……• The higher the level, the more difficult the transition• We define ourselves in and through our work• Financial prep does not equal emotional prep• We have not invested in ourselves as we would a business venture or project
What I learned…..> Plan > Prepare > Be Purposeful > Find your Passion > Start a Project
• The Project* is writing the next chapter• You are the author and the project manager* A project is a planned undertaking, not something done by whimsy, but completed as the result of a thoughtful process.
Projects must be resourced properly to be successful• You have the lead, but you aren’t in this alone• Engage / enlist friends, family, colleagues• Create a Council of Trusted Advisors• Invest in professional support
Components of your project plan will include:• Financial• Psychological• Social• Emotional• Educational
And then you CONNECT• Put the pieces together• Connect the dots of your life’s experiences• Build on what you know• Draw upon the relationships you have built• They are farther reaching than you think
Living the next chapter• Write as you go• Learn to live with flexibility and uncertainty• Have fun with it• Enjoy the rewards of strong life experiences
What else I have learned• There are no wrong choices• Move forward with less precision and more risk• Be less pensive and more active• The reservoir of experiences built is deeper and more sustaining than you think
What I Miss• The community• The structure• The familiarity• The daily challenge• BUT... I wouldn’t turn back!