Making Room For Passions While Running A Business: Interview with Joe Nolan: LifeWork Episode 8

Should you follow your passion in life or go the “sensible route?” What if you don’t have to choose?  In Episode 8 of LifeWork, Meagan talks with Joe Nolan, a former investment banker who retired from his first career at 50 and is now the owner of Good Harvest Market, a thriving natural-foods store in the Milwaukee area. He’s also a seasoned singer and actor, and as a marathon and Ironman athlete, says he’s in the best shape of his life. Joe and Meagan discuss the importance of having a plan to manage your finances, career, health and life, why you don’t have to be a starving artist in order to make art, and what it’s like to start a completely new kind of business in the latter half of your career.

Discussion Points:

  • How financial planning can open up options in both business and life
  • Making a midlife career shift (in Joe’s case, from investment banker to opening a natural-foods store
  • How Joe went from having a “dad bod” at age 40 to doing Iron Man events and running the Boston Marathon in his 50s
  • The process of figuring out how much money you’ll need to retire (and how making that plan now can help you make room for other things that matter to you later in life)

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