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Purpose and a Paycheck with Dorian Mintzer and Chris Farrell

Episode Guest: Chris Farrell, author, senior economics contributor for Marketplace and columnist for PBS Next Avenue and Star Tribune

Episode Description:
Purpose and a Paycheck is the title of Chris Farrell's latest book. The book focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and work in the second half of life. Growing numbers of experienced adults are starting their own business and working well into the traditional retirement years. An impressive body of scholarly research strongly suggests that given the opportunity, people in the second half of life can be as creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial as their younger peers, if not more so.
Tapping into the talents of experienced workers and breaking down the barriers of age discrimination holds the promise of boosting the economy's dynamism and household incomes.

In this episode, you'll discover:
The impact on the economy if more people continue working rather than retire
Why more people are working well into the traditional retirement years
The kind of jobs are people getting in their 60s and 70s
How to find a job in the second half of life

About Chris Farrell:
Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media's nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs. He is economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio and host of its series, Conversations on the Creative Economy. An award-winning journalist, Chris is a columnist for Next Avenue and the Star Tribune. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Times, Kiplinger's and other publications. His most recent book is Purpose and a Paycheck (HarperCollins Leadership).

Get in touch with Chris Farrell:
Buy Chris’ book: Purpose and a Paycheck:
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Navigating Your Second Career: Finding Passion, Purpose and a Paycheck 50+ with Dorian Mintzer and Lynda Smith

Episode Guest: Lynda Smith, a Wisdom Preserver and Connection Specialist who lives and works in South Africa

Episode Description:
Modern life affords us many options to traditional retirement that can provide a financial reward, intellectual stimulation, flexibility and freedom, emotional fulfillment, and overall well-being during your mature years. How do you plan and pursue alternatives to traditional retirement – including coaching, volunteer work, starting a second career, starting your own business, traveling, learning new skills, and enjoying family and friends?

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • How longevity and technology are changing the landscape
  • What tools to use to unlock and navigate your unique journey
  • How money and meaning are both currencies
  • Tools to help you discover our passion and purpose

About Lynda Smith:
South African Social entrepreneur, Lynda Smith, is at the forefront of a social movement to plan the extended work lives of 50-plus workers in both quality and duration – to benefit both individual and national development – and is regarded as a thought leader and advocate for the 50-plus generation. To this end, Lynda's 50-Plus Skills provides a forum for soon-to-be-retired or retired individuals to plan their future lives, upskill, engage with like-minded individuals or contribute in terms of voluntary mentoring programs or hands-on involvement in the social sector.

Lynda's empathy, passion, socially conscious outlook, and wealth of experience in both education and business provide the perfect foundation for an organization that helps clear the mists of uncertainty around the question commonly asked by retirees, “What now?”

Get in touch with Lynda Smith:
Check out Lynda's four-week course: Navigating Your Unique Second Career 50+
Lynda's website:
Lynda's Handout:
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How to Make Your Older Years the Best Time of Your Life with Dorian Mintzer and Mark and Lucy Rose Fischer

Episode Guests: Husband and wife team, Mark Fischer, CFP, MBA, Ph.D., author, and Lucy Rose Fischer, Ph.D., gerontologist and award-winning author and artist

Episode Description:

Picture the freedom to do whatever you want to do. Plus, you have the largest resources of your life to accomplish them – more money and time, your experience, skills, and knowledge.

Does this type of retirement excite you, but you're not sure how to create it for yourself? Are you asking: When can I cut back on working? Will my money last? What can I do to stay healthy? What will I do with my time?

In this episode, you'll discover the opportunities and challenges of this time of life, with insights and information on transitioning into retirement, as well as Lucy's ALIVE model to help you live more creatively.

About Mark and Lucy Rose Fischer:

Mark S. Fischer, CFP, MBA, PhD, is a retirement coach and the author of Serious About Retiring (2019). Mark had a twenty-year career as a scientist and a thirty-year career as a financial planner. He biked the entire length of the Mississippi in his 60s and started playing cello at age 73.

Lucy Rose Fischer, PhD, is an award-winning author, artist, and social scientist. She has published six books. Her most recent books are: The Journalist (August 2020), Grow Old With Me (2019), and I'm New at Being Old (2010). She is featured on the Twin Cities Public

Television program, Life Changing Art.

Get in touch with Mark and Lucy Rose Fischer:

Mark's book: Serious About Retiring,
Mark’s website:
Lucy’s book, Grow Old With Me,
Lucy’s website:
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The Art and Science of Mindfulness with Dorian Mintzer and Dr. Ellen Langer

Episode Guest: Dr. Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University and a prolific writer, speaker, and artist

Episode Description:

Living during COVID -19 is turning our familiar life and world on its head. It's a scary and challenging time. It's also a time that is reinforcing ageism rather than promoting intergenerational connectedness.  Some of the “silver linings,” however, of this time are some resurgences of kindness and help provided to each other, like becoming more mindful about ourselves and others.

During this program, we'll be talking with Dr. Ellen Langer, who has devoted much of her adult life to issues such as mindlessness and mindfulness, decision-making, and possibilities as we age. As she has stated in a variety of her work, we're a product of what we were told we were. When we're uncertain, we stay mindful and open to alternatives. When we're mindless, we're not aware that we're not there. So, part of the question becomes, what are ways to open ourselves to possibilities and shift from being trapped in mindlessness and open ourselves to new ways of thinking and perceiving ourselves and the world?

In this program, you'll discover how to:

  • Become more mindful
  • Become comfortable with uncertainty (which is the rule rather than the exception)
  • See many of your problems as a function of mindlessness
  • Exert more control over your health and well-being using mindfulness
  • You will walk away with a renewed sense of competence, relaxation and an ability to see possibilities you haven't seen before.

About Ellen Langer:

Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. She is the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness for over 35 years. Her best-selling books include Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; and On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; Her most recent book is The Art of Noticing which pairs one-liners culled from her research with her original paintings. She has also edited the Wiley Mindfulness Handbook, an anthology on mindfulness in which leading researchers integrate work derived from her western scientific theoretical base of mindfulness with research on eastern derived forms of meditation.

Dr. Langer has been described as the “mother of mindfulness” and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. Among other honors, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Congress Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and the Staats award for Unifying Psychology. Most recently she received the Liberty Science Genius Award. The citation for the APA distinguished contributions award reads, in part, “…her pioneering work revealed the profound effects of increasing mindful behavior and offers new hope to millions whose problems were previously seen as unalterable and inevitable. Ellen Langer has demonstrated repeatedly how our limits are of our own making.”

Dr. Langer is a frequent speaker on mindfulness at academic, professional, and public events. She is also the founder of The Langer Mindfulness Institute and is a gallery exhibiting artist. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Get in touch with Ellen Langer:

Ellen's book: Mindfulness (25th Anniversary edition)
Ellen’s website:
Visit Langer Mindfulness Institute:

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Exploring Your Identity, Creativity, and Life Structure in Retirement with Dorian Mintzer and Dr. Teresa Amabile

Episode Guest: Dr. Teresa Amabile, Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School and a researcher, teacher, and author

Episode Description:

Even if you are healthy and financially secure, you may struggle with the first months or years of retirement because of identity loss. How can you explore important aspects of your identity before fully retiring to achieve a confident sense of self, post-retirement?

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • What creativity is, and what it isn't
  • How thinking expansively about creativity and injecting creativity into your work life and personal life can enhance pre-retirement and post-retirement life satisfaction
  • The four developmental tasks of the retirement transition and the different ways people move through them
  • How aspects of your life structure can shift in surprising ways post-retirement, and how you can better prepare for those shifts

About Dr. Teresa Amabile:

Teresa Amabile has researched and written about creativity for over 40 years. Beginning with a series of papers in the 1970s and 1980s, she was instrumental in establishing the social psychology of creativity – the study of how the social environment can influence creative behavior, primarily by influencing the motivational state. Teresa's research has examined individual creativity and productivity, team creativity, and organizational innovation. This research program has yielded a comprehensive theory of creativity and innovation; methods for assessing creativity, motivation, and the work environment; and a set of prescriptions for maintaining and stimulating individual creativity and organizational innovation.

Her more recent research investigated how everyday life inside organizations can influence people and their performance by affecting inner work life, the confluence of motivation, emotion, and perceptions. She is currently studying retirement and post-employment life, including the impact of creative activities on attitudes toward aging and experiences in later life.

Teresa's scholarly work has appeared in a variety of psychology and organizational behavior journals, as well as her 2011 book (with Steven Kramer), The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work. She has presented her work to audiences in various settings, including Pixar, Genentech, TEDx Atlanta, Apple, and The World Economic Forum in Davos.

In 2018, Teresa received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management, the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Israel Organizational Behavior Conference, and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. In 2011 and 2013, she was named to the global Thinkers50 list.

Teresa holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Canisius College and a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University.

Get in touch with Teresa:

Teresa's website:
Teresa's book: The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work,
Listen to Teresa's TEDxAtlanta Talk:
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