This is how it began

This is how it began

Early in April 2019, I sent out an email asking friends and close colleagues to help me fulfill my goal of writing and publishing a book.

The concept for this book had been percolating in my brain for about seven years and a few times, I made a start of it but did not follow through.

Knowing that I often perform better when I have a tight deadline and when I am accountable to others, I put my vulnerable self ‘out there’ and lit a fire under my own “ASK”

 

. . . Six months later, with cheerleading and contributions from my inner tribe, the book will be published and available to women around the world.

 

The email that sparked the flame and fueled my fire to complete my goal:

Dear Divinely Wise Woman,

I am writing a book. Finally!
I want to celebrate my 65th birthday this September by publishing “A Real Woman’s Guide to...

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Do you believe in Encore Love? I do and I did!

For those who don’t know me, I can share that I took a chance on love again in my mid-fifties.

I surprised many (including myself) when I accepted a proposal ‘to start the journey to the rest of our lives together’ from a man who concealed a romantic heart behind a gruff persona and an intense career.  I, too was intensely focused on my career, enjoying the single, entrepreneurial lifestyle with lots of long hours, travel and spontaneous self-indulgence. My home was a haven to recharge from my self-inflicted stressful life and to spend precious time with my family and friends. 

I was so busy ‘being busy’ that I didn’t notice that anything was missing in my life. I thought I had it all and perhaps suffered from the “legend in my own mind” syndrome. I’d been practicing for this fiercely independent role since I left home at the age of sixteen.

Yes, I had married before and had significant relationships but I thought I was...

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The Great Retirement Mirage

retirement who am i now Feb 03, 2017

The Great Retirement Mirage

A major segment of the population is on the cusp of change and transition. Many of us who strive for this pinnacle are disappointed and unprepared for the reality of the retirement mirage that enticed us. Many of us will live longer than the resources we currently have to sustain the lifestyle vision that kept us plodding forward. Even more of our generation will experience the emptiness of lack of purpose and identity. The Encore Catalyst pulls back the curtain to reveal how we can star in our encores and love the life we design!

 

We’d worked long and hard to get to this ‘freedom’ stage of life only to be disappointed, sometimes shocked at reality versus expectation. I refer to this as The Retirement MirageTM.

 

If you are anything like me, a Baby Boomer who worked hard for decades, you have been dreaming of the day you could finally retire.

 

After all, wasn’t retirement the ultimate prize you worked so hard...

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Retirement Mirage

A major segment of the population is on the cusp of change and transition. Many of us who strive for this pinnacle are disappointed and unprepared for the reality of the retirement mirage that enticed us. Many of us will live longer than the resources we currently have to sustain the lifestyle vision that kept us plodding forward. Even more of our generation will experience the emptiness of lack of purpose and identity. The Encore Catalyst pulls back the curtain to reveal how we can star in our encores and love the life we design!

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We’d worked long and hard to get to this ‘freedom’ stage of life only to be disappointed, sometimes shocked at reality versus expectation. I refer to this as The Retirement MirageTM.

 

I am Isabel Banerjee, CEO, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Catalyst and example that extra-ordinary things are possible if you believe and you take action!

I learned by trying, doing, failing and starting again. I...

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A Farmer's Encore

retirement Jan 12, 2017

I grew up on a farm in rural Quebec in Canada. My parents were hard working, entrepreneurial people. My Mother and Father both came from families that provided for generations ‘off the land’. We raised beef cattle and cropped corn, grain and soybeans later.  To maximize the investment in farm equipment necessary to achieve scale, my father plowed fields, planted and harvested crops for our neighbours on a fee basis. Eventually, this service evolved into a farm equipment dealership, a franchise, and tractors and such were sold and repaired in the building constructed near the sight of our former outhouse, not far from my bedroom window. (more on outdoor plumbing another time J)

Days were long, beginning before the sun rose and ending after the sun set. My parents knew how to fix things that needed mending and make something out of ‘next-to-nothing’. Mother Nature was both a treasured partner and an unpredictable foe. Weather, pests and market conditions...

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Happy New Year

Are you nearing retirement and considered what the future holds for you?

Do you feel stifled or trapped in a career that ceased to fulfill you long ago?

Are you disappointed with the status quo but confused by what to do about it?

A new beginning with a career change, starting a business or a new social project is a good way to re-ignite your passion for life. Imagine how you would feel doing something that you’ve longed to do for years!

Money, although a factor, shouldn’t be the first consideration when it comes to making a change. The important thing when you decide to start a new or a second, or third, or fourth career, is to do something that you feel passionate about.

People often think it is difficult to start over again and begin in a new role. In truth, yes, it is difficult.

But here is the key to success; get started and start with something you love!

When you figure out what your...

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Guest Encore Blogger - Caren Cantrell, 102nd Place

By Guest Blogger, Caren Cantrell

“Too many people are ready to carry the stool when the piano needs to be moved.” - Anon.

For a long time this was one of my favorite quotes. I heard it early in my banking career and decided right then, that if I wanted to make a difference, I’d need to be a piano mover. I’d need to have strength, courage and a “can do” attitude. I’d have to be a leader.

So that’s what I did, rising through the ranks over 30 some years becoming the Chief Operations Officer for a Super Community Bank leading a team of 600 plus employees in five different states. Some of the pianos I moved were Grands – consolidating and creating centralized operations areas where none existed. Some of them were simple keyboards – tweaking a process, filling a gap. With every move I broadened my experience, developed my character, and defined who I was: a competent,...

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Guest Encore Blogger - Lee Woodward, Woman In Disguise

Welcome Encore Guest Blogger:

Lee Woodward, Owner of Woman in Disguise

 

Sometimes encores come in disguise.

When I met Lee Woodward she was leaving her role from big corporate to become an entrepreneur. Talk about changing some paradigms!

Lee's experience will be an inspiration for many others to pursue their Encore!

 

 

I am very excited to be a guest blogger for the Encore Catalyst. Isabel is always generous with her wisdom and warmth, so it is nice to be able to offer something in return. I’m also excited because I have started my own encore, I’ll call it an encore in process.

Here is how I got started on the script for the next & best performance of my life...

This April will mark one year since I quit my career. I use the word career because I was not changing jobs, companies or industry. I made the decision that I was going to start over, do a redesign so to speak. The decision was not...

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Are You Having Fun Yet?

What's the point of having your own business if you're not having fun? Really, considering how hard you work, the sacrifices you make, the risks you face; shouldn't the rewards be as great or greater?
 
With a new year starting very soon, here are some suggestions to help you significantly increase the rewards and returns from your business, minimize the risks and make the ride on the entrepreneurial roller coaster much more fun!
 
1.) Don't Go It Alone
As a small business owner or a "solo-preneur," we have to wear all the hats, perform all the tasks and we often do this in isolation. It is impossible for any individual to have all the knowledge and experience to plan, grow and manage a business.
When it is not practical to hire all of what I call the CSPs or "Certified Smart People" you need on your team, take advantage of the collective wisdom of selected advisors, mentors and other successful business owners. Choose...
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Masquerade

It’s almost Halloween!

I love the sound of laughter and excited squeals from children as they transform into favorite characters, ghosts, goblins and witches in pursuit of the biggest haul of candy and treats!

I’ve always loved the idea of ‘dress up’ and to use my imagination to explore other personas. In disguise, we can let loose and pretend to be someone else for a little while. And when the fun and games are over, we take off our costume and return to being the real ‘us’. But, perhaps not always!

The Phantom of the Opera isn’t the only one hiding out!

I’ve observed that many of us are ‘in disguise’ much of our lives. Well beyond the social occasions to wear a mask and act like someone else, we often perform in relationships and careers like zombies or actors playing parts.

We’ve convinced ourselves that we...

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