Katharine Hepburn was an unlikely Hollywood star. Possessing a distinctive speech pattern and an abundance of quirky mannerisms, she earned unqualified praise from her admirers and unmerciful criticism from her detractors. Unabashedly outspoken and iconoclastic, she did as she pleased, refusing to grant interviews and wearing casual clothes at a time when actresses were expected to exude glamour 24 hours a day. Continue reading “As for me, prizes are nothing. My prize is my work.” Katharine Hepburn
“I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” – George Burns
At the time of his Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor in The Sunshine Boys at 80 years old, Burns was the oldest recipient of an Academy Award. Continue reading George Burns’ best one-liner about meaningful work
When Bradley Gold got laid off at 53 from a senior management position, he knew it was going to be a challenge to find another job in the corporate world. He also knew it was now or never to pursue his lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant. Continue reading Brewing the perfect cup of career reinvention
Georgia O’Keeffe is recognized as the “Mother of American modernism.” By age 10 she had decided to become an artist but her traditional art education discouraged her and at 21 she abandoned the idea entirely, assuming she would never distinguish herself in the strict realist tradition of her teachers. Continue reading What would the painting of your career reinvention look like?
After returning to Liberia in 2009 where he had been a Peace Corps volunteer decades before, Richard Fahey was struck that nothing had changed. Even after the country had been immersed in civil war, it was as if time had stopped. Electricity was undependable. At sunset, entire towns would go dark. Continue reading Don’t be in the dark about your career reinvention
“I know the sky is not the limit, because there are footprints on the Moon—and I made some of them! So don’t allow anyone to denigrate or inhibit your lofty aspirations. Your dream can take you might higher and much farther than anyone ever thought possible!” Buzz Aldrin Continue reading Where will the footprints of your legacy be?
After graduating from Smith College, Julia worked as a secretary. In 1941, she volunteered with the American Red Cross. She headed the Department of Stenographic Services and worked in the Aircraft Warning Service. She tried enlisting but was rejected because of her height. Julia then became a senior typist with the Research Unit of the Office of War Information and later junior research assistant with the Secret Intelligence Branch of the Office of Strategic Services. Continue reading Julia Child’s career is a recipe for reinvention