Episode 5: The Creativity Myth: Taking Creative Risks After Fifty

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Iris Shiraishi, took up Japanese Taiko drumming in her forties. Now, in her early sixties, she’s taking artistic, creative and career risks she says she couldn’t have taken earlier in life.


In this episode on Unretirement, we look at how creativity can be shaped by the expertise and skills that take a lifetime to develop. Check out Iris Shiraishi’s website for videos of her performing and teaching taiko-based music

We also talk with Richard Leider, an executive coach, best-selling author and founder of Inventure—the Purpose Company.


Leider is the author or co-author of numerous books and the leading thinker behind Life Reimagined. Among his aothired and co-authored books are:

  • The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better by Richard Leider
  • Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities by Richard Leider and Alan Webber
  • Work Reimagined: Uncover Your Calling Richard Leider and David Shapiro
  • Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Good Life by Richard Leider and David Shapiro
  • Claiming Your Place at the Fire: Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose by Richard Leider and David Shapiro

Among the topics we touch on:

  • Why you may be more creative after fifty.
  • The shortcut to finding your purpose in life.
  • Why you don’t want to be a “former” anything in retirement.
  • The greatest regrets people have in life and how to act now so you can have fewer regrets.

Our listener question comes from Marcy. She asks: How can self-employed workers best save for retirement?”