Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think

As evidenced above, it is possible to be happy in old age. The thing this piece outlines: you need to accept in middle age that your capacities are declining, and to adjust your ambitions (and sense of relevance) accordingly. “If you start a career in earnest at 30, expect to do your best work around 50 and go into decline soon after that. You don’t necessarily have to quit your job; what’s important is striving to detach progressively from the most obvious earthly rewards — power, fame and status, money — even if you continue to work or advance a career.”


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