By Lloyd Reeb

Passion is the fuel that drives us, an essential ingredient to a second half of meaning and impact.

In this blog series, we’ve been exploring what to do when you can’t seem to find a compelling passion.

It’s a common problem. Some of us may have turned our ‘dreamer’ off decades ago, and need to find the freedom to dream again.  For others, our passion is hidden in plain view – we simply need those around us to help us see it. In my case I had been so focused on developing real estate that I arrived at the season of “halftime” with little exposure to the needs and opportunities out there.

There is one more common cause for not finding your passion … it’s when your deepest passion is actually around what you can bring to an issue or a cause rather than a specific cause itself.

I’m MORE passionate about what I BRING to a cause than to any specific cause.

Case Study: Gloria was the president of a financial institution and had loved turning several major departments around on her assent up, but found herself in the season of “halftime”. Over dinner, her friends and I listened as she lamented having no strong passion for a particular cause. I watched the joy and enthusiasm in her face when she talked about the departments she had turned around at the bank. By the time dessert arrived, it was clear that her real passion was taking underperforming organizations and turning them into best-of-class. Today her passion is bringing her ‘turn-around expertise’ to four or five organizations and causes she believes in … even though she is not overly passionate about any one of those causes. We call this a horizontal portfolio – bringing something special across multiple organizations or causes.

Action: Consider building a ‘horizontal portfolio’ of serving roles that allow you to bring what you are best at to multiple causes.

If you see yourself in this case study contact us to talk with one of our Certified Halftime Coaches for a FREE one hour session to leverage their expertise in helping you discover your passion.



Lloyd Reeb
Lloyd Reeb is a successful real estate developer and retirement housing owner who made a mid-life transition, looking for greater meaning, joy and impact in his second half. To his surprise he discovered that he was not alone in this journey and that many talented leaders are longing for midlife renewal.

Lloyd has had the privilege of investing 20 years helping leaders plan their second half. He helped launch the Halftime Institute, a global team that teach, coach and connect successful men and women in pursuit of significance.

In Lloyd’s words, “When all you've done or own seems to matter less …and your heart craves more meaning, joy and balance...when something triggers in your mind that you're entering your second half of life and you're unsure what your calling is for the next season... you’re in Halftime.”

Lloyd has taken the Halftime message around the world: speaking, teaching and coaching individuals through the journey. As a result, he understands the issues that surround your Halftime in a deep and practical way.

He is the author of From Success to Significance: When the Pursuit of Success Isn’t Enough, which is a road map for this mid-life transition. His book The Second Half: Real stories, Real adventures, Real Significance provides compelling evidence that your second half could be the most creative and productive season of your life.

Lloyd and his wife, Linda, have written the book  Halftime for Couples. His latest e-book is Finally Connected: Deep, Rewarding Relationships in your Second Half.

Lloyd and Linda live on Lake Norman in North Carolina. They have three adult children - 2 daughters and 1 son - plus a daughter-in-law, son-in-law, and 1 granddaughter.

Checkout Lloyd's articles:

Five Powerful Halftime Habits

Seeing the Hero In Being A Servant

A Write Way to Find Clarity

Check out Lloyd's TEDx Talk:

The Most Productive Years of Your Life May Surprise You