1. Wisdom for the Second Half – James Hazelwood Retirement Wisdom 14:39

Watching my favorite NBA team in playoff games in two different cities last week demonstrated that the second half is often quite different than the first half. The same applies to life. Your perspective, priorities and needs are likely to be different in your second half. Our guest today, James Hazelwood, offers a point of view on the second half of life and the role of wisdom.



James Hazelwood currently serves as Bishop of the New England Synod of the Lutheran Church (ELCA). His varied life experience as a pastor in congregations, a professional photographer, environmental education instructor, a disc jockey and ice cream scooper are all part of the mix that informs his work. He is the author of Weird Wisdom for the Second Half of Life, and Everyday Spirituality. He writes regularly at www.jameshazelwood.net


For More on James Hazelwood


Weird Wisdom for the Second Half of Life


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Wise Quotes

On The Shift

“But something shifts at the midpoint. It’s typically in our forties, sometimes in our fifties. We just start to ask different questions.What’s all this that I’ve achieved for? What does it mean? One author (Wayne Dyer – The Shift:Taking Your Life from Ambition to Meaning) talked about it as the shift from success to significance. So the second half of life is really a turn inward. That doesn’t mean we stop working or raising a family. It just means that our priorities shift. Now, most everyone thinking about Retirement is well into this second phase, and we’re just wondering about meaning and purpose. So for me, the second half of life is really defined by the search for soul.”

On Getting Unstuck

“I hear the word stuck from a lot of people in this phase. And what I say to them, That’s okay, now you’re ready to learn. So once you face your stuckness, it means it’s time to ask a new set of questions. Is my life connected to something larger than the day-to-day? Or Have I remembered to love and serve those around me? Or, There’s a lot of suffering, but how is my suffering a doorway into meaning? It’s these big deeper questions in the second half of life that we face. And so I’m just suggesting that we be intentional about looking at these questions, and I think if we do, we will find out that the second half of life is really the best half.”


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About Your Podcast Host

Joe Casey is an executive coach who also helps people design their next life after their primary career. He created his own next chapter after a twenty-six-year career at Merrill Lynch, where he was Senior Vice President and Head of HR for Global Markets & Investment Banking.

Today, in addition to his work with clients, Joe hosts The Retirement Wisdom Podcast, which thanks to his guests and loyal listeners, ranks in the top 1.5 % globally in popularity by Listen Notes. Business Insider has recognized him as one of 23 innovative coaches who are making a difference. He’s the author of Win the Retirement Game: How to Outsmart the 9 Forces Trying to Steal Your Joy.
Joe Casey Retirement Coach, Podcaster

Joe Casey is an Executive Coach and Retirement Coach who brings extensive experience navigating transitions from his coaching work with clients and from his own life and career. After a 26-year career in Human Resources with Merrill Lynch, Joe shifted gears and retired early at age 52 to become an executive coach. His executive coaching practice has been named as one of the Top 10 Leadership Development Consulting Companies for 2019 by HR Tech Outlook magazine. He now also works to help people design their lives following their corporate careers, helping them pursue second act careers or to successfully navigate their transition to retirement.