Richard Leider

What is a Mirror Crisis (vs a Mid-Life Crisis)?

By September 22, 2023

We’ve all heard the quote, “There’s a reason your windshield is bigger than your rearview mirror; where you’re headed is more important than what you’ve left behind.” For many people in midlife and beyond, both are important. And, when we look in both directions, we’re often faced with the current mirror. In my years of coaching people in their inevitable transitions, I’ve observed that as many as 1-in-3 people experience a “mirror crisis.” They don’t like what they see in the mirror. Not just their aging body, but, their aging life. They feel an expectations gap – “This isn’t…

Three Questions to Help You Unlock Your Inner Purpose

By , September 9, 2021

By Richard J. Leider, internationally bestselling author, founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, and keynote speaker and David A. Shapiro, full-time faculty member in philosophy at Cascadia College and Education Director of the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children at the University of Washington   [Editor’s Note: In their book Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old?: The Path of Purposeful Aging, Leider and Shapiro talk about the power of purpose and its role in happiness and longevity, how to celebrate the experience of aging, and the questions to ask yourself to develop a true…