In my mid-forties, I wanted to reinvent myself, so I chose to travel differently, read more, go back to school, and make many new cool friends. Hey! I even got a new look – with a Panama Hat.
The five things I did more of:
1. TRAVELLING MORE
I chose to travel differently – alone this time. I traveled over 100 days on 10 different trips with National Geographic Expeditions from Cuba to Japan. I traveled with their experts – explorers, authors, and photographers. What a difference it makes to places when an expert shows you around.
I also traveled to the best health spas globally – learning more about how the mind and body work.
2. READING/LISTENING TO AUDIOBOOKS
Thanks to the easy access to information on the internet and the brilliant lectures on Great Courses and Audible, I feel more informed and educated than when I graduated from university.
I read a lot of the places and people before I traveled to a place. I was able to understand the places with a lot of depth and perspective.
3. GOING BACK TO SCHOOL
I also went back to school, this time to Harvard Business School, where I studied with around 150 CEOs and entrepreneurs from all over the world and under the best business professors.
Every year for 3 years, I would return for a month to Harvard. Executive Education makes a lot of sense.
4. MAKING NEW FRIENDS
I never thought I would ever make new dear friends after I left college. Instead, I made friends from my Harvard program, from traveling with the National Geographic, from health spas, and later from the YPO.
5.UNDERSTANDING HOW THE MIND WORKS
One of the biggest milestones in my life was realizing that I am not my thoughts and that the mind is the greatest storyteller and image-maker.
Now at 53, as I look back at the last 8 years, I see what a good decision I made by choosing to travel, reading more, going back to school, and making all those friends.
I have grown more successful in life and business, and I owe it to the choices I made when I was 45.
The lesson I learned – one’s life can be revived and rejuvenated by remaining curious and being a learner for a lifetime.