Podcast: Welcome To The Midlife Revolution by Andy Fergusson
Andy Fergusson did a talk on the Mid-life revolution, as he puts it – and suggests that this is a positive place to be in your life where you are in a great place to make a difference on a number of matters. Mid-life can be stressful at the best of times as our family circumstances, jobs and careers and our health/fitness all seem to be changing at the same time. Stress has two major contributing factors: firstly when we find it difficult to predict what’s going to happen next and secondly when we have insufficient influence over what is going to happen to us. We all think about what we are or should be doing through out our lives but not since our teenage years do so many changes seem to happen all at once.
The good news is that by “flipping” how we look at things we can turn these challenges into the sort of excitement we haven’t experienced in a long time. There are plenty of individuals out there who are having The (mid-life) Time of Their Lives … They’re having fun, doing meaningful, rewarding work and they’re contributing to building a brighter future for future generations. The future isn’t any less bright it’s just going to be different to how we thought it was going to be. We’re going to look at how you can join in the fun, whatever age you are.
Andy’s been many things; a musician, salesman, trainer, teacher and coach, travel adviser, guide and expedition leader. He studied electronics and mathematics but he cleaned toilets too. When he was younger he worked in hotel kitchens and bars and was unemployed, but never for very long. Andy first learned how to become an effective teacheras a Ski Instructor, in Scotland and then the French Alps. Then there were years teaching (the so called) “soft-skills” – communication, selling, influencing and leading which led back to the Stage: as a Professional Speaker and then on to a book deal.
Somewhere along that journey he also tried his hand at picture framing, adventure photography and gardening. And he fitted in work with the Police, in England, to support serious and persistent offenders turn their lives around and with surgeons and religious ministers to transform the way they go about their work. Nowadays his job is to help folk discover it’s alright to have fun whilst doing meaningful rewarding work, and that is what makes all the difference.