Executive coach Henry Cloud has established a brandname for himself through his book "Necessary Endings." It provides information and insight about why it's necessary to break free of whatever and how to do it.
Several months after reading "Necessary Endings" three times, I began to believe I could exit the New York Metro area. My plan, in my late 60s, was to start a new life and a new career path somewhere else. Anywhere else.
The Promised Land turned out to be Tucson, Arizona. The new niche for how I make a living and find satisfaction is marketing/advocacy communications. The unexpected benefit from that enormous reset was that I could ditch all the networks I had established when I was primarily a ghostwriter of print books and speechwriter for traditional business addresses.
What I do now is plan and create whatever will help sell whatever. That might involve the tactics of the old days: the print book intended to be a best-seller and the keynote speech which will be a career-maker. But, essentially, my identity is Don Draper from "Mad Men."
No longer do I look back to the greats in my former field such as Ted Sorensen. That's not the game. And I don't have to "keep up" with the headhunters, agents, newsletter editors, old guard, and emerging talent in what used to be.
A fresh start is a luxury I never thought I would have the emotional strength to grab onto. Every contact is new. Every client is a platform for learning. Every paid invoice is a testament to the success of the reset.
Reflection: Will there be yet another reset after this one? That's possible. Even probable, given the current volatility in business.