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Career Change – Going into Real Estate

December 21, 2012 in Personal Growth, Seniors Changing Careers, The Economy, Uncategorized

I am 66 years old. Big Deal! Everyone faces a time when they must decide on what job and career to pursue or follow. Young people face this in high school and then in college and again while they go through their work years as twenty and thirty year olds. This is normal. Rarely do people not change jobs many times while staying on the same career path.  But, what about seniors who are over age fifty, sixty or seventy who are contemplating doing something new that could be considered a career change? Is making a career change decision even relevant at these ages and should someone just stick with what they know at this point?  Is it possible as a senior to make a career change that is both rewarding and fun? Absolutely yes! If you have your health and energy, why not do something new? If you need continued income or you just need to stay occupied, you should not fear making any change into something new.

Now when many my age are retiring, I decided to go into Real Estate. This is something completely unrelated to my other experiences in aviation and product marketing. Here, I am going back to school and through the learning curve within an industry that has dramatically changed. Even seasoned real estate pros are having to relearn the art of servicing their customers.

Why am I here as a "newby"?

More to come....

Tell us your story!

February 22, 2011 in The Economy

In today's volatile economic world it's more important than ever for seniors to stick together and encourage one another. How have you managed to reinvent yourself? What steps have you taken to prepare actively for the new world that is upon us? Tell us your story. Share your life-affirming tips with others. We want to hear from you! Write to me at We'll publish your story of encouragement.


From: rbrew7600
Posted Sep 24, 2008 // 4:24PM

Jim - I am looking at every expense but essential and non-essential. If I can cut anywhere or eliminate an expense, I am going to do it. There are many new technologies that are at little or no cost. For example, I now have MagicJack attached to my computer. For $19.95 per year, I can make free long distance calls anywhere in North America and for a few cents a minute, I can call anywhere else in the world. This eliminates having to pay for a local phone number, all the taxes and associated fees. Savings per year? Probably $500-$600. This is only one area.

I am looking at magazine subscriptions, recurring monthly fees for service that I may only use once in a while, upgrades such as cable movie channels that I may rarely watch and other tacked on services that I may have said "yes" too when signing up for them. All these things add up and together could be costing me an extra 2-3 hundred dollars per month.

Credit cards with balances that have interest rates higher than other cards may be transferrable to cards with a much lower interest rate. Banks may turn transfers off, if the financial conditions do not improve, so I am going for lower interest rate cards now while I can make the change.

There is plenty more and I am only getting into it now so I have a ways to go before I feel like I have reviewed everything.

How have you prepared for the sudden economic downturn?

February 22, 2011 in The Economy

In many ways, the recent economic downturn caught a lot of people by surprise. There are those who said we should have seen it coming. There are others who say they did see it coming. But, one way or another and whether or not it was expected, the severity of the collapse has affected us all. What have you done to help weather the storm? Share your thoughts and strategy with our readers. We need to talk to one another and stick together to get through this. Click on Ask Jim or write to me at You're answer will be posted immediately!

Honestly, I’m scared. What I hear from the “experts” on television is that no one knows how bad times will get before they get better. Any ideas about how to weather the economic storm?

February 22, 2011 in The Economy

Honestly, I'm scared. What I hear from the "experts" on television is that no one knows how bad times will get before they get better. Any ideas about how to weather the economic storm?

Many years ago I had a conversation with a Jewish woman whose father died in Germany during World War II. Her mother managed to survive long enough for liberation armies to rescue her from the Nazi death camps. This brave woman passed on a lesson to her daughter that was far more precious than gold. When asked about how she and others like her had been able to survive day by day, the wise woman told her daughter that her captors couldn't really take away her freedom. They could imprison her, make her work, deprive her of food and debase her in a hundred different ways. But, ultimately, once she accepted the injustice of it all, she had the freedom to decide how she could live within the limits they set for her. Her world had become four walls of cement block and barbed wire, but she still made choices. She could decide not to become bitter and resentful. She could lavish love on her fellow prisoners. She could make wishes on the first star she saw every night. She could dream big dreams. Even in her limited existence, she could re-invent herself.

I share this story not to suggest that what we are experiencing was even remotely like her situation. I just want to illustrate the absolute inevitability of human freedom. There is always something in life that we can decide to control ourselves, even if it's only the choice we make not to become bitter, not to become angry, or not to give in to despair. It may not seem like much freedom. But it is freedom.

Hang in there. Keep positive. Follow the re-invention rules you'll find on our home page. We'll get through this, and we'll be better than ever. The best is always yet to come!