In this resource section we have five tabs for your help: Books & Articles, Workbook, Interviews, Life Maps and Ten Principles.

Books & Articles

Age Power: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old. Ken Dychtwald (New York: Tarcher, 2000).

The Encore Career Handbook. Marci Alboher (New York: Workman, 2012).

The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th anniversary edition. John W. James and Russell Friedman (New York: Harper Perennial, 2009).

Finzel, Hans; Hicks, Rick (2015-03-10). Launch Your Encore: Finding Adventure and Purpose Later in Life . Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities. Richard Leider and Alan Weber (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2013).

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Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward. Henry Cloud (New York: HarperCollins, 2011).

The Retirement Maze: What You Should Know Before and After You Retire. Rob Pascale, Louis H. Primavera, and Rip Roach (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012).

Second-Act Careers: 50 + Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. Nancy Collamer (Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2013).

StrengthsFinder 2.0. Tom Rath (New York: Gallup Press, 2007).

Transitions: Making Sense out of Life?s Changes, second edition. William Bridges (Cambridge: Da Capo Press, 2004).

Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. Herminia Ibarra (Watertown, MA: Harvard Business Review, 2004).

What’s Next? Navigating Transitions To Make The Rest of Your Life Count. H. Norman Wright (Bethany House Publishers, 2012).

Aging Well. George E. Vaillant, M.D. (Little, Brown and Company, 2003).

Age-ing To Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision Of Growing Older.?Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald S. Miller. (Warner Books, 1995).

The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50.?Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot. (Sarah Crichton Books, 2009).

Online Resources and Assessment Tools?

Encore Workbook

Launch Your Encore Personal Workbook

By Hans Finzel and Rick Hicks
? 2015 by Hans Finzel and Rick Hicks


This material is designed for used in conjunction with chapters 19 and 20 of Launch Your Encore.

There is only one solution if old age is not to be an absurd parody of our former life, and that is to go on pursuing ends that give our existence meaning — devotion to individuals, to groups or to causes, social, political, intellectual, or creative work… One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, compassion. – Simone de Beauvoir

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It’s Never Too Early to Begin Thinking About Retirement – WebTalkRadio Podcast:

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It?s never too early to begin thinking about retirement and it?s not just about finances! Guest Dr. Hans Finzel points out there is little middle ground?most retirees either ?love it? or ?hate it.? Now is the right time to begin planning how to optimize your next stage of life. Tune in to learn why a total ?life of leisure? seldom if ever produces sustained happiness, why you can relinquish authority but remain influential and how to enjoy post-retirement to the fullest while you benefit others. Host Roy Richards suggests a solemn vow to make yourself now to insure your golden years are not filled with regret over ?what might have been.?
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PODCAST INTERVIEW:? Launch Your Encore ? Listen to this interview by Hans with his co-author Rick Hicks.


Listen to this interview with Rick as we discuss our new book, and why Boomers will reinvent retirement in the coming years.

A lot of boomers we are asking the post career question, What?s next???? Our book is the answer to their question. Boomers must learn to be intentional about finding meaning and purpose in their sixties, seventies, and eighties (the 60-80 window).? With the average U.S. life expectancy reaching eighty, the authors? purpose is to help readers recognize that they are entering a new life stage, identify the positive changing landscape of late life development, and discover how they have the potential to maximize their new role as elders in this culture. ?No longer retiring at 65 and dying soon there after, people are ending up with a whole lot of life left after their main careers.

Readers of Launch Your Encore will:

  • Know that they are not alone in the journey into late life development. This is the new normal for boomers.
  • Learn the building blocks of a fulfilling life after retirement for the ?new old.?
  • See the choices that must be made to have a successful elder life beyond the old ?retire and die? paradigm of their parents and grandparents.
  • Learn how to establish meaning and purpose in the ?60?80 window.?

Dr. Rick Hicks is the North America Area Leaders from Operation Mobilization.


Dr. Rick Hicks

A Preview from our Introduction to Launch Your Encore.

Seventy six million of us boomers are moving into our sixties and seventies. We all know how many boomers there are ? more than a quarter of the U.S. population. On Jan. 1, 2011, boomers began turning 65. Between 7,000 and 10,000 of us will celebrate that birthday each day for the next 18 years.? The last Boomers turned fifty on January 1, 2014. Their transition will again rock the world.? By 2050, according to Pew Research projections, about one-in-five Americans will be over age 65, and about 5% will be ages 85 and older, up from 2% in 2010. These ratios will put the U.S. at mid-century roughly where Japan, Italy and Germany?the three ?oldest? large countries in the world?are today.? (Pew Research Group, Growing Old in America: Expectations vs. Reality, June 29, 2009)

Statistics show that we are living on average twelve years longer than the previous ?builder? generation.? And in the process we are redefining what is known as ?the retirement years?.?? Dr. Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity says, ?The culture hasn?t had time to catch up.? The enormity of this hasn?t hit people.?? We the authors are coming to grips with the bonus of these added years, and this book is aimed squarely at helping our aging generation in this transition toward a meaningful and purposeful later life.? (Source AARP Magazine, Jan, 2014, p.57)

Boomers have to learn to be intentional about finding meaning and purpose in aging.? Where do we find significance in the 60 ? 80 window?? How do we find that new place as we leave our main careers?? How do we launch a fulfilling encore?

During our journey of writing this book over a two-year period, we both floated up the word ?retirement,? time and again.? We mentioned to strangers and friends alike that we are pioneering new ways of looking at our retirement years for boomers who don?t really like that ?R? word.?? The comebacks were at times hilarious, chilling, confusing and enlightening.? Most of all, it underscored our observation that for most boomers and younger people there is not much serious thought or preparation for getting ready for this important life stage.? ?Retirement? is many different things for each one of us.? One older retired gentleman we ran in to said, ?My retired friends either love it or hate it.?? So we asked, ?Why do they hate it??? ?Because they have not figured out what do to and they are bored stiff.???? Here is just a sampling of other things we heard in our informal survey:

Question: What comes to mind when you hear the word ?retirement??

  • My question is, ?What?s next??
  • Work as long as I can.
  • Freedom ? finally have time to do what I love.
  • I can put off till tomorrow what I don?t want to do today.
  • I can start over ? and do what will I really want to do.
  • I can?t afford to.
  • Retirement is an ?employee? concept if you work for yourself.
  • Shed my shackles and create a new career.
  • I?m finally going to sell this place ? all I want is a beach and a beer.
  • I don?t believe in retirement.
  • I will work till I drop dead.

We found some interesting contrasts:

  • For some people, ?I will love retirement, because I will be free to do what I want.? And what I want is fun.?
  • For others, ?I will hate retirement, because my life will no longer have meaning and I will not longer be needed and be important in my career.?
  • For some people who don?t like their jobs, they assume that retirement is more fun that working.
  • For other people who love their jobs and their work so much they get very depressed at the thought of having to give it up.
  • Some people are ready financially for an abundant retirement.
  • Other people are scared to death because they are not ready financially to ever stop working though they would love to.

If we had a chance to ask you, how would you fill in this blank, ?For me the word retirement means _________________.?

Written by Hans Finzel
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Life Maps

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From Chapter Eight: Try a Life Map

[su_quote]Here are some examples of creative Life Maps, also called Time Lines. It is your life so be as creative as possible. We thought we would start with a fun example from Bill Gates. If you need more inspiration, just Google “Personal time lines” or “Personal Life maps.”
Reviewing our story can build our faith and instill courage to step into the future. As you consider composing your future life, in many ways you are starting with a blank canvas where nothing has been pre-painted or outlined. At the same time, you do not start from nothing but bring with you a tremendous treasure chest of past experience. We all do, but not everybody sits down to take out the jewels and pearls that are hidden within that chest.
There is a powerful tool that can serve to unlock the future for you like few other things might? a personal lifeline/ life map. This is a way to think about your life from a helicopter perspective, gaining an overview over the whole of your life as you have lived it up to now. Leonie Sugarman observes, ?Despite the changes that beset all of us as we grow up and grow older, we do not become totally different people.? There are changes, for sure, but also a real sense of continuity. Taking an all-life approach to reviewing your life might evidence surprising patterns and bring out values, principles, gifts, character traits, and skills that run through your life like a thread. These threads might provide useful information for you and the crossroads you find yourself at. Often past behavior, choices, preferences, and experiences can be reliable guides for the future.[/su_quote]

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Ten Principles Paper

Ten Financial Principles That Can Change Your Life

By Mark Anderson and Joel Beyer

[su_quote]As we look around our world today, we see many examples of failure. Our economy is limping along, budgets are out of balance, politicians continue to disappoint, morals are eroding and families are struggling. When it comes to financial matters, God?s Word is very clear about how we, as Christians, should behave in these challenging economic times ? actually in any economic time. The good news is that Biblical wisdom is always right, always relevant, and never changes. It?s been said that the Bible contains 2350 verses that specifically deal with money and possessions. In fact, 15% of everything Jesus taught relates to this very subject. Why? Because there is a fundamental connection between the condition of our spiritual lives and how we think about and handle money, the entries in our checkbooks, bank statements, and credit card reports reveal what we really believe and who or what our God really is. After 24 years as a Christian and personal Financial Advisor, I?ve discovered the secret of successfully navigating the financial world and enjoying a rich life in Christ. The secret? Biblical wisdom properly applied in everyday life. These seven basic Biblical financial principles can help you to survive and thrive as you enter the final ?capstone? period of your life.[/su_quote]

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