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It isn’t too late to reinvent your life

Am I too late? Has life passed me by?

Is it wrong to want a better life?

What the hell is wrong with me?

These are the questions I struggled with this time two years ago.  

I’d become a cliche; sitting there on the toilet at 2:00 am, thumbing my phone for answers:

“How to solve a midlife crisis.”

“Starting an online business.”

“Midlife reinvention.”

“Why am I depressed?”

Google didn’t disappoint.

Page after page showed me that yes, there was life after 45, and yes, I could do something — lots of things — to break free from this sticky, suffocating malaise.

This is how my midlife reinvention began

And slowly but surely, a very dim light emerged at the end of a very long tunnel.

Along the way, I discovered some amazing people — gifted souls who taught me that not only were there answers, but I had reached an exciting pivotal point in my journey; one filled with opportunity and promise.

So I began to write, and week by week, Midlife Tribe took shape.

Piece by piece, I wrought my life into shape — paying down debts, saying no to things and people and habits that held me back.

I started to read again.

Voraciously.

I sought out mentors and kindred spirits who’d blazed a trail before me.

And I fashioned a new life for myself doing work that mattered to me.

I became grateful for this incredible good fortune just to be alive at this time in history where I could reach out to people all over the world and share my experiences (failures) and help others to avoid or fix them for themselves.

Today, two years on, my life has indeed been reinvented.

Not all of it was easy, though

In fact, some of it was hugely challenging — mostly overcoming my own resistance, as Steven Pressfield so eloquently puts it.

But I’m here, and life is better than it’s been for a very long time.

And although I did a lot of things to get here, I can pretty much sum them up in 10 simple steps.

1. I accepted that quitting my job wasn’t the answer.

Romantic as it seemed, throwing in the towel Jerry Maquire style would have only created more stress.

It’s impossible to be creative when you can’t pay your bills, and the more desperate you are for results, the more they tend to elude you.New Life

2. I took some time to think deliberately and methodically about the number one thing that was missing in my life, and then set about fixing it.

For me, I really needed a creative outlet that could stand the test of time — something I could pour all my creative energy into, then parlay into a business of some sort down the track.

Thus began the seeds of the Midlife Tribe.

3. I found teachers and mentors to help me navigate my way through unfamiliar territory.

I’ve written about these people many times before but Jonathan MeadeCorbett BarrChris GuillebeauMichael YardneyMarie ForleoSteven PressfieldSeth GodinJames AltucherTim Ferriss and Pat Flynn all played a role here, as did my good friend and wise sage, Ken Fife.

Recently, I did a Skype interview with Cedric Kieffer, the man now in charge of the site founded by Jonathan Mead, Paid to Exist.

This is the site I discovered at 2:00 am a couple of years ago.

I enrolled in their 365 Days to Freedom program and it was a game-changer for me.

You can listen to the interview at the bottom of Cedric’s post, The Snowball EffectPerents

4. I made my family more of a priority — particularly my parents.

I mean, they’re old, and one day they’re gonna croak.

And regret is a nasty pill to swallow — like those sour worms my daughter once made me eat.

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