What You Can Get Paid For: Redefining Rewards in Your Encore Years For Women 59+ (Part 4 of 4)
As you approach the stage of life where you may be stepping away from the workforce, the concept of “getting paid” takes on a new and broader meaning. In the context of Ikigai, this final element isn’t solely about monetary reward. It’s about fulfillment, personal satisfaction, and how you can contribute and receive value. We’ve already talked about passion, mission, and vocation, so in this article, we’ll explore the final element of “profession” and how it opens up exciting opportunities to redefine what payment means in your encore years.
- Monetary Rewards: The traditional sense of payment is still relevant. You may consult, start a new business, or work part-time in a field you love.
- Emotional Satisfaction: This could be the joy of mentoring someone or the satisfaction derived from volunteering with a cause that aligns with your values. The “payment” here is personal fulfillment.
- Personal Growth: Engaging in activities that challenge you, help you grow, or foster new skills can be rewarding in ways that go beyond the financial.
- Community Engagement: Building connections and contributing to your community can create a sense of belonging and accomplishment that feels equally rewarding.
- Legacy Building: Your encore years offer a chance to create a lasting impact through philanthropy, mentoring, or other means. The payment here is the knowledge that you’ve left a positive mark on the world.
Finding Your Unique Path:
Here’s how to explore what “payment” might mean for you:
- Reflect on Your Values: What intrinsic rewards matter most to you? Understanding this can guide your choices.
- Leverage Your Skills: Your business acumen and professional experience are valuable assets that can be applied in diverse ways.
- Experiment with New Opportunities: Be open to trying new things. You may find unexpected joy and fulfillment, whether it’s a hobby, a community project, or part-time work.
- Build Connections: Engaging with others who share similar interests can enhance your experience and sense of reward.
The concept of “what you can get paid for” offers a flexible and enriching framework for women 59+ entering their encore years. It’s not just about monetary gain but personal fulfillment, growth, connection, and legacy. Your wisdom, experience, and skills can bring diverse rewards, enriching your life and the lives of those around you. This exciting phase offers a unique opportunity to explore, contribute, and receive value in ways that resonate with your heart and soul.
Embrace the journey to a fulfilling and joyous next chapter in life. Enjoy every moment, knowing that “payment” has many beautiful and meaningful forms.
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