We’ve all heard the story of the executive who decides late in life that his real passion is cooking, so he opens a restaurant.
Or how about the lawyer who decides she wants to become an author, so she quits the firm and writes a book.
The cultural buzzwords for these situations abound: reinventing yourself, a second act, an encore career.
“It’s always driven by passion,” said Brandon Smith, a career coach and workplace consultant who is a regular commentator on careers for GPB. “It’s a question of what triggers you to unleash that passion.”
For some (like the aforementioned executive and lawyer), the choice is solely one of following a long-held passion and feeling comfortable enough to take the financial risk. But that’s not always the case, Smith said.