What's retirement all about? How does one make it meaningful? These and other key questions are explored in Portfolio Life: The New Path to Work, Purpose and Passion After 50 written by David Corbett, founder and CEO of New Directions, Inc., a career services company for senior executives. In a portfolio life plan, the goal is to create a balance in five areas: work, learning, leisure, family time and giving back. Optimally your life portfolio reflects a balance between your passions and pursuits, a way to plan ahead for the exciting new possibilities in retirement. The author outlines a step-by-step process to enable you to make your own pie chart, sectioned into slices that will give you the most pleasure and benefit. From there you add more specifics under each section until you have enough detail to form actionable plans and possibilities. Seeing your plan laid out, based wholly on who you are and what you want to do, can take you from an unenthusiastic Now what? as you contemplate retirement, to looking forward to a great time of life. Ellen R. Marsden writes from Mason, Ohio.

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