By Jeff Spadafora, Director of Global Coaching Services

Taking the cowboy approach to your second half?

U.S. President Herbert Hoover created a romantic notion of the American ethic when he coined the phrase “rugged individualism.”  In the business world (both in the U.S. and internationally) there’s a similar value – “the boot-strapping, self-made millionaire” – that permeates the business person’s psyche. Many successful people attribute their success to attitudes such as independence, self-reliance, courage, hustle, and aggressiveness.

While this may have been their mindset, I have found with further questioning, for most Halftimers, this was not their practice.

The men and women I encounter have been, almost to a person, intentional about relying on the input and expertise of friends, consultants, business partners, and family members to grow their businesses. And yet, the number of people who aspire to discover and embrace God’s calling for their second half and attempt to do it on their own is astounding.

Besides being unbiblical (the Bible is ripe with life lessons based on relationship, discipleship, and seeking counsel), the “cowboy” approach to this season of life called Halftime is impractical.  Peter Drucker said the baby boomer generation is “over-prepared for Life I, unprepared for Life II, and there is no university for the second half of life.”

the number of people who You see, the Halftime Journey is not simply a redistribution of one’s time, talent and treasure to a more noble cause.  It a transformation of our hearts, our identities, our “life scorecards.”

For many, this is uncharted territory fraught with challenges that can drain your energy, time, relationships and finances if you don’t have a roadmap.

At the risk of putting the Holy Spirit into a formula (after all, this is a faith adventure between you and God), the Halftime organization has built a roadmap with a set of tools and best practices to help people like you discover your life purpose and pursue it in a balanced and joyful way.

The Halftime Fellows Program starts with a two-day launch event and then culminates with a full year of one-on-one executive coaching coupled with monthly cohort calls with like-minded peers.

If you are serious about making eye contact with God and desire to start building more joy, kingdom impact and balance into your second half, I encourage you to call us and discuss your Halftime journey.

Rhonda Kehlbeck: 972-841-7952 or


Jeff Spadafora
Jeff Spadafora is a Master Certified Halftime Coach and a Lead Faciliator for The Halftime Institute. He spent 20 years as a leadership and executive development consultant for Fortune 1000 companies such as Ford Motor Company, Easter Seals. Compassion International, Compuware, Domino’s Pizza, Visteon, Northern Trust Bank, and Helene Curtis.

In 2005, Jeff was inspired by Bob Buford’s book Halftime and began his journey of discovering God’s true purpose for his second half. As he worked with his Halftime coach, it became clear that his calling is to help other people discover their calling.

He has coached over 130 men and women through the Halftime Journey and continues to make this a primary part of his ministry. As the leader of The Halftime Institute’s global coaching staff, he is also responsible for recruiting, training, and managing Halftime Certified coaches throughout the world.

Jeff served on the staff leadership team for ten years and was the lead designer of the Halftime curriculum and one of the primary facilitators of workshops for groups of people embarking on the Halftime journey. Jeff also writes and speaks globally about the issues of life purpose, joy, and kingdom impact.

His latest book, The Joy Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Life of Peace, Purpose, and Balance, is the result of a decade of personal growth, life coaching, coach leadership and study. WWW.THEJOYMODEL.COM

Jeff lives in Evergreen Colorado with his wife Michelle and has 3 children. He enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, mountain biking and everything else the great outdoors of Colorado has to offer.

“Too many people focus the better part of their lives on the wrong things: the company’s agenda, other peoples’ ideas of success . . . money. Over time, this leads to frustration and emptiness. True freedom comes as a people discover their God-given design and pour themselves into service for others.” –Jeff Spadafora

Checkout Jeff's Articles:
The “Cowboy” Approach to Your Second Half Just Doesn't Work
What Should I Do With My Life?
I Lost My Heart
A Journey
An Ancient Halftimer

Listen to his podcasts:
Eternal Leadership - Coaches Corner
Eternal Leadership - Smoldering Discontent
Knowledge for Men
Theology of Business
Professional Christian Coaching Today
iWork4Him - Joy and Happiness