The Creative Age

June 18, 2009 at 1:06 am Leave a comment

This post is the second in a series about new books at the library. Look for the LINK sticker!


Older notions of  work, retirement, and middle age are giving way to newer, fresher, and more life-affirming ideas. Instead of placing the burden of work on young people who have competing demands for their energy, why not redistribute employment over several generations of workers?  Rather than following a conventional path to fulfill prevailing definitions of success, why not do what you love to earn a living and define success for yourself?  These are some of the questions explored in the following books.

The Element: how finding your passion changes everything

indexThe “Element” is where natural talent and personal passion meet.  This book is all about helping you find that place, discovering your strengths, and living a more fulfilling, richer life.  The author, Ken Robinson, argues that we are all creative and that age is not a barrier for growth and development. An uplifting and motivating read!

Encore: finding work that matters in the second half of life

encore2Imagine a future where Baby Boomers are not burdens on a deteriorating social welfare system, but active participants in supporting  themselves and the creators of a better future for all.  Baby Boomers can do just that in an “encore career”  where the emphasis of work is on contribution, social change, and purpose.  This book offers tips on how you can start your own encore career, personal success stories, an abundance of resources to consult, and an interesting social history of retirement.

The Creative Age: awakening human potential in the second half of life

indexCA0JMYM3The Creative Age examines the relationship between aging and creativity in all of its many facets.  Filled with mini-biographies of artists, activists, businesspeople, and others who have continued to achieve and make great impact on the world in later life, this book is an inspiration.  Tips on practicing creativity in everyday life and documenting your legacy through biography are included.

You may also find these titles interesting – check them out at the Torrance Public Library!

225 Best Jobs for Baby Boomers

Don’t Retire, Rewire



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