Jane Pauley on Self-Reinvention and Life Reimagined
“You may be surprised to know that people over fifty-five represent the largest age group of owners of new business start-ups,” says Jane Pauley in her book, “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.”
After more than 30 years in morning, daytime and primetime television, award-winning broadcast journalist Jane Pauley is reimagining the journey forward and offering advice for fellow mid-lifers of the baby boomer generation.
“Your Life Calling” offers advice for reinvention to increase creativity, productivity, and vitality. The book is based on stories of people who have reinvented their lives and careers in middle age. Pauley also shares her own insights about the unanticipated joys of getting older.
“We have great diversity, but what we have in common is a birthright that having been born in the world in great numbers, we change everything,” Pauley told MetroFocus’ Rafael Pi Roman.
Pauley co-hosted TODAY from 1976 to 1989 and anchored Dateline NBC for more than a decade. She became the host of her own daytime program, The Jane Pauley Show in 2004. She is the recipient of numerous Emmy and other awards, including the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Gracie Allen Award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television (now the Alliance for Women in Media).
In 2013, Pauley joined TODAY and AARP to create “Your Life Calling” (also known as “Life Reimagined TODAY”), a series which highlighted personal stories of reinvention and successful transition. Out of 37 stories over two dozen appeared in Pauley’s book. This year she returned to CBS, where she began her television career at an Indianapolis affiliate, and is now part of Sunday Morning.
Pauley confessed that she herself was never a person with hobbies or passions, but that her work on the show has changed that.
“As I’ve traveled with ‘Your Life Calling’ I have heard in a 63-year old woman’s voice, a woman speaking with passion. And it’s been a revelation to me,” Pauley told Pi Roman. “Sometimes that thing that is missing is something we just hadn’t noticed yet.”
There are several messages which tie “Your Life Calling” together, as well as one misconception, which Pauley describes as the expectation for older adults to discover their perfect selves and inner soul mates.
“We have multiple selves; we are entitled to multiple passions. Pick one and make the most of it,” she said.