Book Review: Trade Up: How to Move from Just Making Money to Making a Difference, by Dean Niewolny
You’ve worked hard to build your career. You’ve enjoyed some success and the rewards that go with it. But you find it less satisfying than when you began. You begin to wonder if this is all there is or if it is possible to make a greater impact.
If you are wrestling with those questions, consider reading Dean Niewolny’s book, Trade Up: How to Move from Just Making Money to Making a Difference. In the first third of the book, he tells the story of his own personal journey from successful stock broker with the cars, plane, boat, and lake house to questioning his purpose to making the move to becoming CEO of the Halftime Institute, an organization dedicated to helping business professionals find greater meaning in the second half of life.
In the middle third of the book, the author describes how to chart your own journey through halftime. Once you identify where you want to end up, you then take an honest look at who you are—strengths, spiritual gifts, passion, and mission. In the final section, the author gives practical advice on the resources needed to make a successful journey—people to advise and guide you, a solid relationship with God, how to research possible options, and whether or not to continue staying where you are or whether to take the leap and change careers.
I was first introduced to the concept of Halftime in Bob Buford’s book almost 20 years ago. Niewolny has taken Buford’s work, built on it, and added his own unique insights and contributions. This is a very helpful, practical book for anyone trying to navigate the whitewater of midlife. The book also includes a study guide with best practices designed to further aid and guide you in your journey.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.