Chip Conley Rebelling FOR Aspirational Aging

Chip Conley Rebelling FOR Aspirational Aging

Chip Conley is the founder of the world’s first ‘midlife wisdom school,’ Modern Elder Academy, an organization on a mission to build a community of inspired and empowered midlifers. Chip is recognized as the rebel boutique hotelier who first disrupted the industry by founding the Joie de Vivre boutique hotel group and then disrupted it again by helping Airbnb grow from one of the fastest-growing tech start-up companies into a global hospitality brand. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, The Rebel Rules, and PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow. Chip is also a member of the board of Encore.org and serves on the advisory board for the Stanford Center for Longevity. Chip strongly believes that curiosity is the ‘elixir of life.’

Chip joins me today to discuss why he’s rebelling for aspirational aging. He discusses what it was like to bring his wisdom and experiences from the hospitality industry into the tech startup world. He explains what it means to be a ‘modern elder’ and the unique midlife transitions many people experience when approaching their midlife years. He describes what ‘midlife metamorphosis’ is and why he believes the first half of your life is about accumulating while the second half is about ‘editing out the fluff’ – or letting go of the things that no longer serve you. He also explains what ‘The Great Midlife Edit’ is, how it helps you determine how you want to live the rest of your life, and why he believes life isn’t a ‘one tank’ journey.

“You have mastery inside of you. The question is: How do you repurpose it in new ways?”- Chip Conley

This week on Rebel Souls:

  • How Chip is rebelling for the idea of aspirational aging and the philosophy of midlife metamorphosis
  • What ‘The Great Midlife Edit” is and the three life stages
  • Why Chip believes life isn’t a ‘one tank journey’ and the premise of ‘lifelong learning’
  • Chips career journey from working in the hospitality industry to becoming the iconic boutique hotelier that helped grow the Airbnb brand
  • The defining moment that encouraged Chip to leave the hotel hospitality industry and propelled him into the modern elder he currently is today
  • The three relationships you can have with your work and the ‘U-curve of happiness’
  • What a ‘Modern Elder’ is and the difference between a modern elder and a traditional elder
  • The difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset and the importance of adopting a growth mindset
  • The steps for becoming a Modern Elder and the three qualities people over 50 value the most
  • How the concept of the Modern Elder Academy began
  • Why Chip believes the meaning of life is to find your gift, but the purpose of life is to give your gift away

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