These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: These boots are made for walkin’.

Earlier this year I interviewed Matt Javit for my podcast, and he introduced me to the concept of and term for a “mid-career retirement.” Matt and his wife decided to take 2 years to travel the world at the height of their professional careers, and never looked back.

One of my brother-in-laws came to visit for the weekend. He is in the first month of his own mid-career retirement and couldn’t be happier.

Making a decision like that takes guts, and takes planning. Especially financial planning. But what a payoff!

I applaud people who take risks like this for their sanity. I am also a little jealous. But only in a good way. They looked at their lives, and the impact of their careers on their psyche, and said “I need a break.”

Career trajectories are changing. People enter and exit positions differently today. The concept of an entire career with one company is long gone.

Walking home from dinner I found these two boots, just like this. You can’t make this stuff up!

But I’ve wondered about them. Who left them? Where are their matches? Is this art?

Or did 2 people simply say “I’m done!” and walk away, freed from the expectations of boots, preferring a new life? In flip flops…

About the author, Michael

I am an executive leader, sales trainer, and author, with over 25 years of experience delivering motivational speeches and training sessions to audiences worldwide. I have a unique range of experience, from my beginnings as a Catholic school teacher to managing hundreds of people and hundreds of millions of dollars as Vice President of US Sales for two global medical device companies.

In 2016, I published my first book, Tell Me More, to share my leadership mantra. Through a strategy of active listening and observational questioning, we become better leaders, better sales people, and we can deliver on phenomenal customer experiences. Through this podcast, we’ll see how the Tell Me More process is at work in the business world today.

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