Turning A Midlife Crisis Into A Midlife Calling

Episode 445 49m


It’s not surprising that a near-death experience can completely alter the way we view life. But it is surprising that, in general, people often underestimate the amount of life they have left ahead of them. This means they write off the ability to learn new things or make major changes mid-life, even when it comes to pursuing lifelong dreams and goals. Letting go of the cultural constructs that frame the course of our lives and embracing a fresh, beginner’s mindset, actually leads to many psychological and physiological benefits. We can go through our remaining years feeling more fulfilled, happier, and healthier if we open ourselves up to all the possibilities that are waiting. Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I talk about all this and more with Chip Conley. Chip and I dig into the three key concepts of longevity (purpose, wellness, and community) which we see evident in the Blue Zones. He shares the life lessons he’s learned from these ideas, along with his own story of a near-death experience and how it changed his perspective on the second half of life. Most people have a negative association with the term “mid-life.” Chip helps us redefine it, along with the word “elder,” and puts an upbeat and insightful spin on how we can all share our own wisdom and appreciate the advice others have to share with us. His experience starting at Airbnb in his 50s, without any prior tech experience, is sure to inspire you that anything is possible when we keep doors open. Chip wants to help people in mid-life and later realize they are useful, without needing to be youthful. In our culture that idealizes youth, Chip and I explore the beautiful parts of aging, from increased emotional intelligence, pattern recognition, and even systemic thinking to greater happiness. At 62, I know I’ve noticed these things in my own life, as I’ve learned more about what matters to me and makes me happy, separating what I authentically want out of life from all the “to-dos” and “shoulds.” We talk about becoming conscious of the aging process, changing our operating system from ego-focused to soul-focused, and making the space for more of the things that feel important to us. It’s never too late to change and make life what you want it to be. I hope you’ll tune in. This episode is brought to you by BiOptimizers, Paleovalley, and Rupa Health. For the entire month of November, BiOptimizers is offering up to 10% off every order and access to over $200 in free gifts including books and other great products with the code HYMAN10 at magbreakthrough.com/hyman. Paleovalley is offering 15% off your entire first order. Just go to paleovalley.com/hyman to check out all their clean Paleo products and take advantage of this deal. Rupa Health is a place for Functional Medicine practitioners to access more than 2,000 specialty lab tests from over 20 labs like DUTCH, Vibrant America, Genova, Great Plains, and more. You can check out a free live demo with a Q&A or create an account at RupaHealth.com.

Topics Covered

  • Chip’s near-death experience and how it changed his perspective on mid-life


  • Embracing a beginner’s mindset at middle age and beyond


  • The 3 key things we need after age 50


  • The definition of a “modern elder”


  • Becoming useful vs. youthful


  • Unexpected pleasures of aging


  • The connection between life satisfaction and age


  • Key tenants of the Modern Elder Academy


  • Growing younger as you age


  • Disrupting the retirement and higher education structures for longlife learning


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Speaker 1: Coming up on this episode of The Doctor's Farmacy. Chip Conley: Wellness is not just about your own ... What you do personally, physically. It's the social wellness in terms of who you surround yourself with. Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to The Doctor's Farmacy, I'm Dr. Mark Hyman, that's Farmacy with an F, a place for conversations that matter. And if you've ever wondered about what is going to be the second half of your life, what it looks like, how we might reimagine aging and mid-life, then this conversation's going to matter to you. And it's something that's particularly interesting to me now because I'm almost 62, so I'm like, "Wait a minute. How did I get here? What am I doing? Where am I going? And..

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Ep. 445 - Turning A Midlife Crisis Into A Midlife Calling