When Michael Clinton stepped down from his greater than 20-year stint as certainly one of Hearst Magazines’ high promoting executives, he wasn’t prepared to meet the retirement stereotype, considering of his subsequent strikes extra as rewiring than retiring.
In addition to staying on as an adviser to Hearst chief govt officer Steve Swartz by request, he graduated from Columbia University with a grasp’s diploma targeted on philanthropy and continued to journey, hitting his 124th nation of Ethiopia simply earlier than the pandemic struck. If that’s not sufficient, he’s additionally a marathon runner, a photographer, personal pilot, half proprietor of a winery in Argentina, and founding father of a nonprofit basis.
Now, he’s encouraging others to consider their subsequent chapters in his new ebook “ROAR Into the Second Half of Your Life — Before It’s Too Late,” revealed by Beyond Words Publishing and launched on Sept. 7.
“There’s all sorts of possibilities in the future. Our focus on what 50-plus looks like has got to change dramatically in the culture. There’s a lot of built-in ageism in the culture and there’s a lot of self-imposed ageism in the culture,” he advised WWD in an interview.
“If you’re 60 and healthy, you’re going to live for another 30 years and if you’re 40 and healthy you’re going to live for another 50 years. That’s a lot of time so I think this notion of the way it used to be is all blowing up because people are going to have second and third careers; they’re going to have lifestyles.”
The ebook relies on interviews with 40 individuals who made a midlife change of their work, targets, relationships or every day routine, with designers Donna Karan and Jeffrey Banks and actress Julianna Margulies amongst these case research. Clinton believes anybody can enrich their life at any age by following 4 steps: reimagine your self, personal who you might be, act on what’s subsequent, and reassess your relationships.
“One woman who I knew was a newspaper journalist for many years and she was in her 50s and she was looking at the world around her and what’s going on in newspapers obviously and there were a lot of layoffs,” Clinton continued. “She was a divorced mother of one. She made the decision to sell her house so she had some money and she went back to school and got a masters degree in psychology and she now works in the opioid crisis in the Southwest and she loves her new career. She just turned 60. She got remarried. She has a whole new life.”
The ebook was conceptualized earlier than the pandemic, however the subject has develop into extra necessary than ever because the disaster has led many to consider the subsequent section of their lives. “People are thinking about are they in the right jobs, are they with the right people, are they in the right relationships. Maybe now is the time. So I think there’s going to be a lot of change over the next year with people.”
Clinton’s hope is that extra of the advertising and marketing/model world, together with the style and retail business, will “break out of their own ageist thinking…believing that investing in the 50-plus consumer is a waste of money.” The actuality is that by 2032, the 50-plus age group will drive greater than half of the U.S. economic system, in accordance with Clinton.
As for Hearst’s efforts, he cites Harper’s Bazaar, run by editor in chief Samira Nasr, placing Jane Fonda, 83, on a current cowl, whereas its magnificence pages at the moment are that includes girls of their 60s, 70s and 80s.
“So many of these images have been absent in print magazines and digital platforms, and the new breed of editors like Samira are recognizing the importance of inclusion on all fronts.”
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