Category Archives: 2ND ACT

Put Off Retirement and Find Another Gig You Like

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects the trend of older people working to continue, estimating that 13 million Americans age 65 and older will be in the labor force by 2024. While earlier generations viewed retirement as a time for rest and relaxation, in the last 10 to 15 years, the retirement age has crept up to 68. As of February 2019, more than 20% of Americans aged 65 or older were working or looking for work, a 57-year high, according to federal data. Continue reading Put Off Retirement and Find Another Gig You Like

THE ART OF BLOOMING LATE

My idol for as long as I can remember is George Plimpton, American journalist, writer, literary editor, actor and occasional amateur sportsman. Plimpton is renowned for “participatory journalism” which included competing in professional sporting events, acting in a Western, performing a comedy act at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and playing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. His influence on me spanned my career and inspired me to be a career coach;  producer, engineer and talent scout for London Records; host my own radio show on WSTC/WNLK; produce and host for public television; write several books; perform at iconic venues like CBGBs and Nashville’s Bluebird Café; head-up my own record label; serve as a senior leader for companies including MCI, Cablevision and Cablevision; and even take a motorcycle trip across Egypt featured in New York Rider. I am a staunch believer that you can achieve fulfillment and do meaningful work at any age.

I was thrilled to see a recent article by Kevin Evers in the Harvard Business Review entitled, The Art of Blooming Late in which he captures the feelings of so many: “Even if you never hope to reach Mozart’s level of mastery, you may relate to his need to break free from convention. Maybe you feel as if your job is like painting by numbers. Maybe you’ve done everything right—excelled at school, worked hard, and landed a good, high-paying job—but you’re tired of being just like everyone else. Maybe you yearn to achieve something that is unmistakably you.” Continue reading THE ART OF BLOOMING LATE

Eric Clapton, the Pentatonic Scale, and your Transferable Career Skills

Eric Clapton is one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll guitarists of all time and an icon of musical career reinvention. In 1963, he joined the Yardbirds in which his blues-influenced style and commanding technique began to attract attention. Clapton left the Yardbirds in 1965 and joined John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers where his guitar playing soon became the group’s principal drawing card on the London club scene. Continue reading Eric Clapton, the Pentatonic Scale, and your Transferable Career Skills

Garrison Talks About 2nd ACTS With Radio Icon Brad Davis

It was a pleasure being Brad Davis’ guest on WDRC’s The Talk of Connecticut. Brad is celebrating his 42nd anniversary this year as morning host at WDRC AM and in 2015 was inducted into the Connecticut Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

Brad and I spoke about the 2ND ACT speaker series at The Waterbury Palace and my presentation March 26th at 6pm. I’ll be sharing with you my own career reinventions so that my “lessons learned” can propel you into realizing your own next career adventure.

Listen to my interview with Brad:

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Get 2ND ACT Audacious at Waterbury’s Palace Theater March 26th

It’s time to throw away your “If I only had” and “I’m too old” and “I don’t know where to begin” and put your 2ND ACT in gear.

As part of its 2ND ACT speaker series, The Waterbury Palace has given me the wonderful opportunity on Tuesday March 26th to share with you my own career reinventions so that my “lessons learned” can propel you into realizing your own next career adventure. Continue reading Get 2ND ACT Audacious at Waterbury’s Palace Theater March 26th