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Letting go of past glory can pave the way for life's "second curve."

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When Working Harder Doesn’t Work, Time to Reinvent Your Career

When Working Harder Doesn’t Work, Time to Reinvent Your Career

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The striver's curse

Professional young athletes expect their talents to taper off in their early adulthood, and many prepare for a second career in advance. Musicians are similar and often find that their abilities decline over time.

Studies found that knowledge-based professions, such as lawyers, financial pr...

The decline is not all past 40. Certain abilities grow during middle age that favour wisdom, teaching, and sharing ideas. Language skills tend to increase.

Moving on to a second intelligence curve means people should take on a teaching or mentoring mindset in the field they're in. For those...

You know it's time to look for the second curve when you don't enjoy your work as much as before:

  • You feel your competence declining.
  • Others close to you notice you're not as sharp as you used to be.
  • Other people receive the social and professional atte...

Understanding the second curve

Ageing isn't all bad news. In some specific ways, you'll get smarter and more skilful. The trick to improve is understanding, developing, and practising your new strength.

  • As people age, their vocabulary and grammar increase. They are better Scrabble players and can do...

Defeating the striver's curse with two intelligences

People possess two types of intelligence.

  • Fluid intelligence is the ability to reason, think flexibly, and solve problems. You learn quickly, focus on what matters and create solutions but can't maintain this as you age.
  • Crystallised intelligence

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