Michael clinton

• Author of the bestseller 'ROAR: Into the Second Half of Your Life (Before It's Too Late)'

Former President and Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines

Michael Clinton a longtime magazine publishing executive is the former President and Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines. He oversaw 23 media brands, including Esquire, Women's Health, O, the Oprah Magazine, Food Network and more. His prior experiences include his role as Executive Vice-President of Conde Nast, as well as Publisher of GQ.

He is also an author of 10 books, 8 photography and 2 memoirs, The Globetrotter Diaries (after visiting 100 countries) and Tales from the Trails (after running 7 marathons on 7 continents). He is a private pilot, part owner of a vineyard in Argentina, has started a nonprofit and holds two masters degrees.

From his working class background, Clinton has learned the secret of living a full and robust life. In his bestselling book, ROAR: Into the Second Half of Your Life (Before It's Too Late), he shares his story, along with 40 others who have successfully transformed their lives in work, lifestyles and love to find new meaning in what it means to find a new path at 40 or later.

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Roar into the second half of your life

We are all living at the beginning of a revolution in how we will age. If someone is over 40 and healthy, the chances are that living to 90 will become the new normal. That allows us to work longer in our chosen profession have a second or third career, different lifestyles and relationships. What was once viewed as how we are supposed to live the second half of life is becoming increasingly irrelevant, as the Reimagineers among us are leading the way to possibilities that were unimaginable just a few years ago. Clinton talks about the phenomena of midlife awakening, person appropriate vs. age appropriate and rewiring instead of retiring, as the pathway to a different future. For anyone that is at midlife or beyond, his ROAR formula will inspire and instruct in how to live a longer life that is filled with personal richness and fulfillment.

The New Life Purpose of Adults Over 50

Today’s healthy 50-year-olds could have more than 40 productive years ahead of them. Instead of retiring, they’re rewiring their lives in new and exciting ways.

With lifelong learning, people are re-skilling and embarking on second or third careers. The 50+ demographic has also adopted lifelong layering by pushing their boundaries, having new experiences, and finding endless ways to challenge 50+ stereotypes.

Marketing to the 50+ Consumer

Folks over 50 are not only bolder than ever before, they also have more wealth than any previous generation. They’re ready to put that money to use in ways that energize and enrich their lives.

Despite all this, retiring to a dull, uninspired life is still the go-to messaging for most brands targeting 50+ consumers. For organizations to truly connect with this market, they need to flip the script. Less Shady Acres, more Parts Unknown.

The 60-Year Career Has Arrived – the Next Wave in DEI Policy

Ageism exists in virtually every industry. It’s time to purge this negative energy from professional life.

Today, people are working into their 60s, 70s, and beyond—and performing at a high level. These workers are tremendous assets with the instincts, skills and perspectives that come from decades of experience.

But without the right structure and support in our workplaces, we’re in danger of losing these valuable team members. Our DEI policies need to reflect how valuable the 50+ demographic is to our organizations.

How You Can Continue to Thrive in Work and Life Over 50

If you’re healthy at 50, there’s a good chance you’ll live to see at least 90. What are you going to do with those four decades? What do you want to do?

Do you want to travel the world? Enter a completely different career field? Learn a new language? Find love? Go to space?

Life’s second half can be whatever you want it to be. It’s time to start that journey.


ROAR: Into the Second Half of Your Life (Before it's Too Late)

Discover how to make the second half of your life happy and productive with this perceptive and inspiring guidebook that will help you achieve your dreams and get more out of life—whether or not retirement is in your future plans.

Globetrotter Diaries: Tales, Tips and Tactics for Traveling the 7 Continents

Clinton reveals himself as he learns the nature of humanity from its billions of inhabitants who make travel one of life's greatest pastimes.

Tales from the Trails: Runners’ Stories that Inspire and Transform

From the streets of Paris, Buenos Aires, all the way to Sydney, Clinton has gone the distance, never forgetting his running shoes in all of his globetrotting adventures to over 120 countries.

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