Brandon on GPB – Encore Careers

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.

When-Does-Pillow-Talk-Go-Too-FarThe 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.

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