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Episode 187

Modern Elderhood

In this conversation with bestselling author and hospitality maverick Chip Conley we explore the research that reveals surprising conclusions about when we are at our happiest in life and why, the “midlife crisis”, four types of transition, paths to purpose and the collective chrysalis of these times.

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In this podcast we talk about:

03:30 Introducing Chip
07:00 Stages of life
11:30 What causes the midlife crisis
18:00 Life satisfaction low point
24:00 Moral beauty
27:00 Four kinds of transition
30:30 Reasons to love midlife
37:30 Growing whole
40:30 A revealing way to view purpose
44:00 Paths to purpose
48:30 The evolution of self
54:00 The collective chrysalis

Resources Mentioned:

Learning to love midlife, by Chip Conley
William Bridges
Life is in the Transitions, by Bruce Feiler
MEA, The anatomy of a transition
Robert Kegan
Kevin Kelly
Living and working on purpose 
Bob Waldinger
Brene Brown
Wisdom Well newsletter

About Chip

Chip Conley
Chip Conley

Chip Conley is the New York Times bestselling author and hospitality maverick who helped Airbnb's founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand. In Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, he shares his unexpected journey at midlife — from CEO to intern — learning about technology as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, while also mentoring CEO Brian Chesky. Chip is the founder of the Modern Elder Academy, where a new roadmap for midlife is offered. He serves on the board of and the advisory board for the Stanford Center for Longevity.


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