It’s already midway through the first month of 2019…how are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? If you’ve pledged to read more, get inspired about starting a second career, or do more to plan for post-retirement life, we’ve put together the perfect book list for you. Here are our top 5 books for encorepreneurs. And don’t forget to stop by our library for even more resources.
1. Better, Smarter, Richer by Jackie B. Peterson
Local hero Jackie Peterson is known as a small business counselor and for her affiliation with the Small Business Development Center. She’s been in this line of work for over thirty years and is widely recognized as an expert in developing solo businesses and working with retirees looking for a second career. This book is designed as a workbook to help guide you to an encore career. Now with a supplemental e-book specifically for those 50 and over.
2. The Encore Career Handbook by Marci Alboher
With tons of mini-profiles of retirees who found their path, quizzes, and discussion questions, this guidebook will help you re-think the purpose of retirement. Not only focused on finding your post-retirement passion, the book also gives tips on figuring out the financials and how to actually go about planning the next stage of your life successfully.
3. Retirement Reinvention: Make Your Next Act Your Best Act by Robin Ryan
Nationally-recognized career coach Robin Ryan lends her expertise to meaningful retirement planning. With hundreds of ideas for post-retirement life and an emphasis on planning, you’ll find plenty of checklists, questions, and tips to help you think about your future after retirement, whether you’d like to start a business, volunteer, or take some other completely unique and inventive path. Plus, all of her book profits are donated to breast cancer research, so no matter what, this is a good buy!
4. StrengthsFinder by Tom Rath
Of all the personality tests and career-advice quizzes, this is our favorite and the one we think is the most useful. It certainly is the most detailed and customized to your particular traits and assets. Even if you’ve taken the Strengths Finder assessment before, results can change over the course of your life. A great way tool for thinking about who you are, what you want, and what you’re best at this point in time.
5. Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life by Marc Freedman
If you are retired or thinking about retirement, Marc Freedman’s book, Encore, is a great place to get energized about what you are going to do next with your life. Highlighting stories from five amazing retirees and what led them on their path to post-retirement careers, this book offers inspiration for anyone considering how they really want to meaningfully spend their time. Not only does Freedman outline their stories, but you get a real sense of the combination of circumstances, desire, and ability that led these people to be successful. Freedman is also the president and CEO of encore.org.