When he retired from a 30-year career as a plastic surgeon, James Apesos felt the pull of a childhood dream to become a firefighter. Given that he was in his late 50s, he was skeptical of his chances for fulfilling his dream — but that’s exactly what he did, as reported in a recent ABC News.com article by Claire Shipman and Ben Forer. If that weren’t enough, his wife Elizabeth also made a big change: from an administrator to the owner of a dance studio. Two dramatic career transformations, to be sure!
For those seeking “a happy second act,” the article offers these tips: 1) Live forward. Don’t dwell on past problems, 2) Look for positive reinforcement from friends and family as you make the transition, 3) Relish the chance to work your way up again and be confident in your abilities (in other words, no shortcuts), and 4) Keep moving, since physical activity is critical.
Here’s the full article for those who would like to read it.