BOOK REVIEW: Next Act, Give Back by Kirsten Bunch

If you want to make an impact in your next act, this is a MUST READ!

Kirsten and I go way back! When we first met, I immediately knew I had to talk to her and find out more. She has such unique story, which is showcased throughout her book: Next Act Give Back. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years and traveled to over 50 different countries for the various organizations she’s been a part of. BUT the main reason I was so intrigued by her is this: she helps women turn their passions, their instincts, and strong desires to give back, into a reality.

Let’s set the stage, you work in the corporate world for 20 years, and are exhausted! You are so burnt out by the end of the work week that there is NOTHING left for your spouse, kids, loved ones, or even yourself. Sound familiar? Some women have told me they feel as if they are morally bankrupt working for these big corporations. I’m not saying corporate world is bad, but they do tend to suck the life out of you. You come home one day and hear about terrible things happening in your community. Not enough feminine products for poverty women/girls, or teaching children how to eat right and not be obese, or giving children a place to learn about farming and organic foods. You have this idea, but what the heck do you do with it? How do you make it become a reality? And can you even afford to do it?

I work with women who are nearing retirement, and most of them feel they NEED to get out. They don’t know what they want to do, but they do KNOW they need to do something impactful. I found some common threads between Kirsten’s and my world. She usually has women who have an idea but don’t know how it implement it and it not ruin their financial future. I work with women who have the financial future set, but need an inspiration or idea on how they want to implement. This is why I’ve asked Kirsten to speak at my Retirement Roundtable. To inspire!

Enter Kirsten and her amazing book! Her book highlights different women who have stared down their fear of failure and found ways to give back to their communities, in ways so much bigger than themselves. In my Strong Retirement Club, we talk about the stages of retirement and how retirement is its own LIFETIME. The last stage of retirement is Reflection, when you look back on your life and how significant has it been to those around you. I don’t want you to get to that stage and it be too late. Start now by thinking of your significance in your family, business, and community, and how can we elevate them?

It doesn’t have to be so overwhelming either. Throughout her book, she shows you easy steps that you can implement to take your idea/passion and create a business out of it. Kirsten explains it all, how you can make money out of a passion project or even a project about giving back. She also explains how to create a non-profit or foundation to help execute your dreams, she walks you through each option in her book.

Kirsten and I are teaming up in different ways to combine our passions, expertise, and experience to help women ready to divorce their careers. Women who are ready for their next act being even greater than their first, second, or even third. What will your next act be?

Get inspired by Kirsten’s book: Next Act Give Back and get a new perspective on how you can be a woman of such integrity it makes Oprah look bad!

I’ll leave you with something to reflect on as Kirsten says:

“I ask my clients to answer one very important question. If you were an investor and had $100,000 to invest in a person and her ideas, would you invest in yourself? If your answer is yes, what are you waiting for? If you answer is no, what is stopping you from having the life you would invest in?”

Any opinions are those of Jessica Weaver and not necessarily those of Raymond James.