What if we framed midlife not as a crisis but as a transformative chrysalis—a liminal period where profound awakenings unfold?
What if we saw it as an opportunity to shed old layers, unfurl our wings, and share the pollen of our wisdom with the world?
Guiding us from pupa to butterfly, we have the Monarch himself, Chip Conley.
Returning to the show for the second time (Chip first appeared on episode 681), Chip founded the Modern Elder Academy, the pioneering midlife wisdom school dedicated to transforming aging. He is also a New York Times bestselling author. In his latest book, Learning to Love Midlife: 12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better with Age, Chip retools conventional notions of life in our 40s, 50s, and 60s. Drawing from the latest social science research, moving anecdotes, and enduring wisdom, he unveils 12 compelling reasons why life becomes more prosperous and fulfilling as we age.
In his earlier phase of life, Chip founded Joie De Vivre, America’s second-largest boutique hotel company, and served as the Strategic Advisor and Global Head of Hospitality for Airbnb, where he was the “modern elder” in guiding the newly-established start-up into the global hospitality hallmark it is today. Chip is a reserved public speaker and has delivered talks on the prestigious TED stage multiple times.
Today’s conversation revolves around how we conceptualize and define life stages, the concept of Age Fluidity, the age curve of happiness, and the importance of cultivating regenerative communities.
“Curiosity and being open to new experiences are the top variables in living a longer, happier, healthier life.”
– CHIP CONLEY
We also explore Chip’s personal journey with cancer, the distinction between showing up and showing off, the role of being a conduit for ideas and collaboration, the essence of being a Modern Elder, the concept of age apartheid, and the value of generational dinners.
Chip, a steadfast change agent and true moral beauty provides practical guidance for navigating midlife and instills encouragement for the years to come.
A special note: Chip generously extends a unique opportunity to listeners turning 50 this year—the chance to win a FREE three-night stay and tuition for 8 people (you and 7 of your friends) at the Modern Elder Academy Santa Fe Campus for the ultimate birthday party. To enter, write an essay about why you think life gets better with age, why you’re deserving, and how it will serve you at this particular time in your life and submit it to meawisdom.com/contest. This incredible opportunity is only for listeners turning 50 in 2024.
For individuals seeking to infuse greater purpose and satisfaction into their professional journey, especially those who have dedicated a significant portion of their career to a specific path and are now pondering fresh opportunities, this conversation is a must.
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- Life Begins At 50 Contest: meawisdom.com/contest
- Book: Learning to Love Midlife: 12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better with Age
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- Chip Conley: FREE Midlife Check-Up to Understand What Gets Better With Age
- Modern Elder Academy: About
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- Modern Elder Academy: A David Brooks’ Endorsement that MEA is on the Right Path.
- TED: An alternative to the “midlife crisis”
- TED: Becoming a Modern Elder
- The Atlantic: The New Old Age
- Oprah Daily: Welcome to the New Midlife—No Crisis Required
- Sunday Paper: 5 Reasons Why Turning 50 Deserves a Ritual—and How to Create One That Will Set You Up for a Brilliant Second Half of Life
- The New York Times: The New 50s: Far From Retirement
- Fast Company: Airbnb’s Chip Conley is doubling down on being a “modern elder”
- The Wall Street Journal: The New Post-60 Career Paths
- Forbes: Modern Elder Academy: The Cool School For Midlifers
- Forbes: Chip Conley on Modern Elder Academy, Curiosity, And How to Overcome Fear
- Los Angeles Times: At this Baja school, post-50-year-olds learn to grow whole, not old
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