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Game Plan (by Bob Buford)

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This page from is linked from The Second Half of Your Life

A personal guide for implementing the principles of "Halftime," and thus making the journey from success to significance.

  • Contents
  • The Longing Within
  • Part: 1 Leaving the Field
    • Welcome to Halftime
    • Reading Your Story
    • Game Plan Tip
    • Your Truest Self
      • What's In The Box?
    • The Risks and Rewards of the Unfamiliar
    • If It's So Good
      • Three Great Temptations
      • Obstacles To The Second Half
        • Fear of Change
        • Being Stuck on a "Paradigm Plateau"
        • Assuming the Second Half Will Be Easy
        • Having No Compelling New Destination
        • Being Diverted by Everyone Else's Agenda
      • Liftoff
  • Part 2: Creating the Plan
    • Disengage
      • Planning Your Halftime Retreat
        • Pray and Listen
        • Read
        • Reflect
        • Record
        • Ask Questions
        • Create Action Items
      • Regain Passion
      • Follow Through
      • Books To Take Along
    • Self-Assessment
      • Go North(West), Young Man!
      • Take A "Motivational EKG"
      • Discovering Your Personality
      • Taking Stock
        • Whole Life Vital Signs Checklist
        • Whole Life Vital Signs Graph
      • The Truest You
    • Find Your Spiritual Center
      • Where You Fit In
      • Drilling Down
      • Sharpening Your Focus
    • Envision Your New Mission
      • Find Your B-HAG
      • Charity
      • Your Second-Half Mission Statement
      • Before You Proceed
      • My Second-Half Mission Statement
    • Clear Your Plate
      • What's On Your Plate?
        • Commitment Inventory
      • Too Much Of A Good Thing
      • Renegotiating Relationships
      • Saying No To OPA (Other People's Agendas)
    • Build a Second-Half Team
      • Finding World-Class Teammates
      • Still Not Convinced?
      • Find A Mentor
    • Test Your Way In
      • Seismic Testing
      • Low-Cost Probes
      • Parallel Career
      • Wading In Vs. Diving In
      • Eight Alternatives
    • Reparadigm Your Life
      • Age
      • Identity
      • Time
  • Part 3:Back in the Game
    • It Really Doesn't Get Any Better Than This
      • Why It's Better
      • Stay Alert
        • Job Creep
        • Isolation
        • Absence or Change of Routine
        • Availability
      • It Really Doesn't Get Any Better Than This
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Acknowledgments
  • Epilogue

The tools of Calendarization, Conceptual Resource Digestion Process, and Concepts to Daily Action will surely be valuable in navigating your journey in the second half of your life.

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“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic”. — Peter Drucker

The shift from manual workers who do as they are being told — either by the task or by the boss — to knowledge workers who have to manage themselves ↓ profoundly challenges social structure

Managing Oneself is a REVOLUTION in human affairs.” … “It also requires an almost 180-degree change in the knowledge workers’ thoughts and actions from what most of us—even of the younger generation—still take for granted as the way to think and the way to act.” …

… “Managing Oneself is based on the very opposite realities: Workers are likely to outlive organizations (and therefore, employers can’t be depended on for designing your life), and the knowledge worker has mobility.” ← in a context




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working something out in time (1915, 1940, 1970 … 2040 … the outer limit of your concern)nobody is going to do it for you.

It may be a step forward to actively reject something (rather than just passively ignoring) and then figure out a coping plan for what you’ve rejected.

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