For some, a mid-career change is about optimizing. Many people have accomplished major career and life goals and are ready to take a breather to plan for their next career move, possibly an entrepreneurial venture.
For others, a mid-career change is about reinventing themselves to discover what they would really look forward to doing. I regularly meet 40-something moms who are ready to return to work, but want to start over in something new. I also see a lot of creative people who landed in an unsatisfying field early on and are now ready to launch a more exciting, fulfilling or unconventional career path.
In the last decade, I've seen a significant increase of people in their 50s and 60s who are rethinking their career path. Many are highly successful, they attained executive and director level positions and have a strong, internal pull to apply their years of experience and mastery to solve an important problem, make a difference or even turn their life into more of a playful adventure.
Doing something that suits your strengths and sense of purpose reduces bad stress and promotes a sustainable, healthy life balance.