Halftime CEO Dean Niewolny is serving as a contributing writer to the American City Business Journals.

Twice per month, Dean’s writing is featured in 46 Business Journals across the U.S. Dean’s debut book, Trade Up released July 2017.

For a complete list of all of Halftime Founder, Bob Buford, and Halftime CEO, Dean Niewolny’s articles in the American City Business Journals, CLICK HERE. 

How to Find Your Purpose and Live it Out

Mar 5, 2018, 3:00am EST

There’s a lingering question on the minds of successful people everywhere: Is there more for me to do in this world?

When Bob Buford’s book “Halftime” published in 1995, it started a movement around answering that question. It was one of those rare books that caught the crest of a cultural wave and then rode it into great notoriety.

The book sold almost a million copies, and it confirmed what Bob and his mentor, Peter Drucker, believed about the changing world of work and how the next generation would see itself.

It made the bold statement that retirement can be many things to many people, but it certainly doesn’t have to be the end of everything productive and good that we’ll do in this world. In fact, it could be the beginning of the best and most effective time in our lives.

A few years after the book came roaring out into the world, the Halftime Institute was launched. For the past decade and a half it has studied, researched, encouraged and coached “halftimers,” many of whom are out changing the world in work that is very different than what they were doing in their first halves.

Some (in fact, most) who go through the program remain in their current companies or industries, albeit with a different mindset and point of view.

Armed with the knowledge that self-discovery brings, these individuals are enjoying their roles in a new way that didn’t seem possible when they started out on the halftime journey. No surprise, really: Finding purpose has a way of doing that.

The changing movement

Most cultural movements change and morph over time, and the halftime movement is no exception.

In the beginning, it appealed to older, mostly male business executives who were staring into the abyss of retirement and trying to figure out how to navigate to a productive and fulfilling second half. Then, not surprisingly, women business owners and leaders began to investigate and started searching for answers as well…READ MORE