by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

Leaving a good job at a Fortune 100 company in your early 30s (with 4 little kids at home) is a little… ahem, stressful. But looking back some 22 years, there are purposeful steps as well as seemingly random events that combine to produce a productive, satisfying career. And while your life ambitions are your own, here are some things I’ve learned that could help you while keeping stress in check as you build success.

  • Do what you love. This oft-repeated phrase sounds trite, but it really is the most important thing. You’re going to spend nearly half your waking life earning a living; shouldn’t it be something that really gets your juices going? If you don’t love it, start working on a way to get out today. It might be as simple as changing jobs inside the organization or the industry, or it might mean completely reversing course. But waiting for something wonderful to happen in the absence of action guarantees you’ll remain unfulfilled at work.
by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

Having reached the half-way point of my Saturday morning bike ride, I stopped to stretch hammies that were screaming at me to slow down. Across the parking lot I noticed an elderly gentleman nonchalantly lifting a couple of bikes off the trunk rack of his late ’90s Buick sedan. Bent over, attempting to reach toes I’ve not touched with straight legs in 20 years, I heard the unmistakable sound of a kickstand coming down behind me. I stood up to hear “Beautiful day for a ride” and said hello to Gene, dressed in a flannel shirt, jeans, and the New Balance™ walking shoes you see on men of a certain age.   

Indeed, it was a gorgeous day, and for the next couple of minutes Gene and I exchanged pleasantries. 

“Did you ride here from Midland?” asked Gene. 

by Beth Shepard   Beth's profile on LinkedIn  

Reading Renders Remarkable Rewards: Better Health, Longer Life

An intriguing Yale University School of Public Health study has great news for book lovers: Adults over 50 who read books (the more, the better) live an average of almost 2 years longer than those who don’t; and reading books offers a distinct advantage over reading magazines and newspapers.

It’s no secret that reading stimulates the brain — cultivating thinking processes, increasing connectivity, and fostering creativity. It also can reduce stress, boost empathy, promote a sense of community, and might even help you sleep better.