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Editor’s List: Authority Magazine’s Favorite ‘Five Things Videos’ About Second Chapters; How I Reinvented Myself In The Second Chapter Of My Life (Part Eleven)

Many successful people reinvented themselves in a later period in their life. Jeff Bezos worked in Wall Street before he reinvented himself and started Amazon. Sara Blakely sold office supplies before she started Spanx. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a WWE wrestler before he became a successful actor and filmmaker. Arnold Schwarzenegger went from a bodybuilder, to an actor to a Governor. McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc was a milkshake-device salesman before starting the McDonalds franchise in his 50’s. How does one reinvent themselves? What hurdles have to be overcome to take life in a new direction? How do you overcome those challenges? How do you ignore the naysayers? How do you push through the paralyzing fear?

Authority Magazine started a series called “Second Chapters: How I Reinvented Myself In The Second Chapter Of My Life”. We interviewed and featured successful people who reinvented themselves in a second chapter in life, to share their story and help empower others.

Some of the leaders we interviewed put together some fantastic videos sharing their five tips. Please enjoy these videos and interviews below.

Gabriella D’Italia, Mirror & Lens

Gabriella D’Italia is an internationally-exhibited, award-winning artist, author, and holistic stylist who lives and works at the intersection of personal vision and the material world. Her philosophies, styling, artistic practices, and writing are contemplations of what it means to be an embodied spirit. She is the founder of Mirror & Lens where her bespoke offerings exist in service of personal transformation toward living a more whole and authentic life.

The complete interview can be read here:

Susan Hassett, Cocktail Sneakers

Susan C. Hassett is the founder of Cocktail Sneakers, a women’s sneaker brand that is redefining sneaker culture for women. Having founded the business in her early 60’s, Hassett is also a vocal champion for late-stage female entrepreneurship, encouraging women to pursue their passions regardless of age of life stage. Prior to launching Cocktail Sneakers, Hassett also founded and operated a highly successful telecommunications business, Conferencing Services International (CSI), an outsourced audio and web conferencing company, which was acquired by Genesys Conferencing in 2001. Her leadership, sales and development skills have been tapped through multiple philanthropic roles in recent years including as president of the University of San Diego’s Parent Board, member of USD’s Parent Partnership Fund’s executive committee, and development volunteer with Room to Grow, a grassroots support program conceived and developed by Julie Burns and Uma Thurman that enriches the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of life. Hassett has also served on the Board of Trustees at Colby Sawyer College, the institution from which she matriculated, in 1979.

The complete interview can be read here:

Laura Oden, Pandere Shoes

Laura Oden is the CEO and co-Founder of Pandere Shoes. Pandere was launched to address a largely marginalized population of people who cannot fit into off-the-rack shoes due to medical conditions that impact shoe fit. Like her customers, Laura has had a lifelong chronic medical condition (lymphedema) that causes swelling in only one foot.

The complete interview can be read here:

Jason ‘J-Ryze’ Fonceca CEO of Ryze

Jason ‘J-Ryze’ Fonceca is a Rebel Teacher, who believes he can cure the world’s ‘wisdom problem.’ He tested with genius IQ as a child, placed in a gifted school, but still spent years homeless in Toronto. He broke free to become Evan Carmichael’s advisor for a decade, and now runs an exclusive mentoring group for rebel-preneurs.

The complete interview can be read here:

Melissa Reaves, Melanin Stories Matter and Story Fruition

Melissa Reaves is a Seattle based professional Storyteller and a Storytelling/Presentation coach for executives. She founded Story Fruition LLC when she was 53 years old and has never looked back. Her twenty years of enterprise sales, marketing and professional acting has all melded together to help her clients become captivating presenters and bolster their confidence and leadership through the art form of storytelling. She helps infuse powerful storytelling techniques to help the presenters or podcasters captivate their audience and entertain as much as educate.

The complete interview can be read here:




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