BookWatch: 5 ways to avoid becoming a failed retiree

An energetic, vivacious lady with a big smile, Barb Foster worked in technology sales. When she got laid off, she came to me for career counseling. She worried that it would be very hard to find a permanent job because she was 56 and her last two positions were as a contractor. It seemed to me that this career might be done for her. She was burned out and needed to consider a different option. She could retire, as her husband had an excellent paying position. So we began to plan out what her retirement would look like.

To begin developing a new future, we discussed her interests and one stood out—painting.

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