Embrace Possibility: Midlife Career “Rules” Are Wrong and Don’t Apply

Few would argue that the way we work and the way we look for work has changed substantially over the past few years.

Professionals are more frequently alternating between being a corporate employee, freelancing, consulting, starting a business, or building a job portfolio.

One of the things that makes my services a little different is that I can help professionals in any of these transitions. I also can help clients think through their options, create clarity and confidence, find focus, and move forward.

(Or they can do some of this themselves by working through the exercises in my eBook.)

I‘m strapping on my armor and getting ready to tilt windmills – and any other obstacles you think are in your way.

Over the next few months, I will be publishing many articles, poking sacred cows, and showing that you have possibilities in midlife or any point in your life – even after catastrophic life events.

Yes, it’s likely to upset people.

Yes, it’s likely to unearth angry internet trolls.

And yes, I have to do it anyway.

Here is what I have seen personally with my clients and with myself:

  • You’re not too old; it’s not too late
  • You can start a business at any age, if you want to
  • You can leave your business and go back to corporate (entrepreneur to employee is a specialty of mine)
  • Your internal game may be the real problem, not your gray hair
  • Your mind’s stories may be factually correct but completely unhelpful
  • You may not need to stress about retiring by a certain age
  • You might not even WANT to retire (I did a TEDx talk about this)

And here’s a #truthbomb for you: Stressing about retiring is contributing to our mass anxiety and depression.

I have some good insights into why this is, how we can change the way we work and the world of work, and what YOU can do to embrace career possibility in your life.

See? This is going to be B I G.

Put on your seatbelts, folks. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. But nothing great comes easily.

Catherine Morgan Joined the Teaching Faculty of Transformation TV

I am excited to share that I have joined the teaching faculty of Transformation TV, which is focused on becoming the Netflix for video content about transformation and change.

The next 4-6 weeks will be focused on creating my teaching segment that will air for three months on the platform.

While there are many competent professionals in the career transition space, I am a little different in that I look at the whole person, not just the professional.

Clients frequently say that our work created a complete shift in their professional and personal life – clarity, confidence, focus, etc. I’m looking forward to being able to reach a global audience through Transformation TV.

A Rant on the Gig Economy and Working Yourself to Death

Often, I am very grateful to Carol Roth for letting me post a rant on her award-winning blog. Two clients sent me the same article, and it made my blood boil both times I looked at it.

We keep hearing about the “gig economy” – but the definition of what that actually is can be fluid, to say the least.

I bring some sanity to an insane world and discuss why being a commodity isn’t sustainable, and how people can work themselves to death in any situation (corporate or entrepreneur).

You can read “Agency and the Gig Economy: Don’t Be an Idiot” here.

3 Speaking Gigs in 7 Days Is a Bit Much

I was one tired speaker after this busy week of three speaking gigs within one week. Yikes!

But I am pleased to report that I was able to inspire many job seekers to see possibility, which is the reason I get out of bed in the morning.

Here’s where I spoke:

Community Career Center
Talk: Productivity: The Secret Sauce for Successful Job Search
March 16, 2017 • Naperville, IL, USA 10:00-11:30 AM CST

Community Resource Center
Talk: Re-Launch You: Liftoff After Layoff (1-hour talk)
March 20, 2017 • Lake Forest, IL, USA 1:30 PM CST

Success Job Club at the McHenry County Workforce
Talk: Re-Launch You: Liftoff After Layoff (1-hour talk)
March 22, 2017 • Woodstock, IL, USA – 1:00-2:30 PM CST