10 Principles for Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life from Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker may not be a familiar name to you, but in the management and leadership world, he’s a giant.

In this article, Bob Buford, founder of The Halftime Institute and author of numerous books about the second half of life, outlines Drucker’s 10 principles for finding meaning in the second half life.

1. Find out who you are.

“Whenever people are on the road to success,” Drucker said, “they tend to think of repositioning as something they do if they’re a failure. But I would say that you ought to reposition when you’re a success, because that’s when you can afford it.” But no one can reposition for significance, Drucker claimed, without first knowing who they are and where they belong.

2. Reposition yourself for full effectiveness and fulfillment.

“Early in their careers,” Drucker said, “people tend to have a fairly limited timeframe, of four years or so. They can’t visualize what comes after that.” By the time they achieve some measure of success, however, the timeframe expands. “Suddenly they begin to think about options that are twenty, thirty, or more years ahead of them,” Drucker said. Such a long view often brings clarity where none existed before.

3. Find your existential core.

“There’s a strong correlation between high achievement and the ability to come to terms with life’s basic questions,” Drucker said. “I think the most successful people are those who have a strong faith . . . there is a very substantial correlation between religious faith, religious commitment, and success as doers in the community.”

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