Pursuing Uncomfortable with Melissa Ebken


For many of us over 50, our careers will appear to get more uncomfortable.

But what a great reminder that there is no security in our comfort zones. As the world continues to get more volatile on seemingly every level, embracing our discomfort is actually the smartest strategy.

Whether we take proactive steps to learn new skills or explore new ways of earning income, any positive departure from the status quo is going to build greater strength and resilience to the challenges that are sure to arise in our careers going forward.

There’s no use in railing about the inequities of ageism without doing something about it. And that action begins with each of us. By developing our own resourcefulness and favoring a growth mindset, we can position ourselves to take constructive action when life throws us a curve ball.

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On this episode of Pursuing Uncomfortable, Melissa welcomes career transition coach John Tarnoff to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by mid to late-career professionals. They delve into the statistics of job loss for individuals over 50, John’s personal journey through various industries, and the importance of embracing change and finding the right fit in today’s fast-paced and disrupted economy. Tune in as they uncover the power of self-reflection and proactive decision-making in shaping a fulfilling career.

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John Tarnoff is an executive and career transition coach, speaker, and author who supports mid and late-career professionals in defining, planning, and achieving more meaningful and sustainable careers.

Fired 39% during his 35 years as a film producer, studio executive and tech entrepreneur, he learned how to turn setbacks into successes in a volatile business. He reinvented his own career at 50, earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology to share his career lessons with others going through similar challenges.

Since leaving entertainment in 2010, John has coached individuals, groups, and led career workshops for university alumni, including for UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Corporate coaching clients have included Bank of America, Bridgewater Assoc., Levi-Strauss, Softbank, TD Ameritrade, and Thrive Global.

He is the author of the best-selling Boomer Reinvention: How to Create your Dream Career Over 50 and has been named a Top Influencer in Aging by PBS/NextAvenue.


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