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Welcome to the Mastering Midlife Podcast where we explore life at it’s most stressful and most productive.  We will be featuring conversations with experts in the field of Mental Health, Executive Leadership, Business, Health, Exercise, Nutrition, Sex, and Relationship.  Midlife is a powerful time, and together we will learn to “thrive when the world asks the most of us.”

Feb 15, 2021

Darrell Gurney, aka The Career Guy, is an Inspirational Career Strategist & Coach who has helped thousands of people achieve business success and make game-changing career moves. He is the author of several books, including Finding the S Spot: Career Pleasure Secrets for Merging Skills, Pay and Play. Darrell has featured on numerous national media outlets and publications, including CBS Moneywatch, and Businessweek Online and has been a regular guest on local and national radio & television programs. His recent pilot TV show Dream, Job, Life won the New Hope Film Festival’s Best Webisode Audience Choice Award. He is also the Founder of The Back Forty; a program supported inspirational guide and companion for ‘designing a fulfilling second half of life.’

In today’s episode, Darrell joins me to discuss why ‘midlife’ has become the subject of his excellent coaching work and shares the moment he began considering taking it ‘Back to 40’. He explains how our self-perceptions and prejudiced ideas about who we are and what midlife should be are the very things stopping us from becoming who we want to be. He breaks down his theory called The 7 Embraces, each of which he encourages us to address within ourselves to begin the second half of our life authentically and with purpose. Darrell also discusses the common blocks that stunt many people’s growth in midlife, such as fear of failure, firmly held beliefs about where they should be in life, how one should act at a certain age, and gives a new perspective on ‘becoming’ in our 40’s 50’s and after.

“The Back 40 is not about reinventing. It's not about ‘re’ anything because if you live that your first half was just setting you up for the second half - it's inventing. It's becoming. It’s not ‘RE’.” - Darrell Gurney

Today on Mastering Midlife:

  • Why midlife means something different today than when we were growing up
  • How you can let go of who you were to find happiness in what you can become
  • Why you're acquired ‘wisdom’ could be the prison stopping you from moving forward from 40
  • How COVID 19 has accelerated midlife for many people
  • The 7 Embraces you should allow yourself to change for the better
  • Why we are more afraid of failing in our 40’s than in our 20’s
  • How to access the upcoming Back Forty Masterclass

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