I’m Achim Nowak, Executive Coach, Author, Mastermind Convener and host of the My Fourth Act Podcast. If life is a 5-act play, what will you do in your 4th act? Your childhood conflicts have been resolved. The big dramas of life are behind you. Most importantly, you’re not ready to stop.
Join me as I speak with exceptional humans who have created bold and unexpected 4th acts. Listen and be inspired.
Ep. 16 | Kent Schwendy | When Your Mind Switches To WHY NOT NOW
Kent Schwendy, 53, is an Engineer, former US Air Airforce Captain, Champion for Sustainable Housing, Beekeeper and writing his first historical novel. As the CEO of a non-profit in Hartford/CT, the Corporation for Independent Living, Kent helps to create and sustain affordable, accessible and independent housing. The apiary in the back of his garden is home to half a million bees. Kent is also completing the first draft of a historical novel. And he just started teaching a course on beekeeping at Cornell University.
What happens when we decide to travel in multiple lanes? How do we shift from I WILL DO THIS WHEN I RETIRE to WHY NOT NOW? What are the rewards of being a Contrarian?
Ep. 15 | Chip Conley | Ways of Becoming a Modern Elder
Chip Conley, 60, was Airbnb’s Global Head of Hospitality and Strategy. Chip helped grow Airbnb into a hospitality company with more than a million hosts in 191 countries. He is a TED speaker and the author of multiple best-selling books including his most recent, “Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder.”
When Chip was hired at Airbnb at the age of 52, he claimed the role of an elder in a company of mostly twentysomethings. Chip has reclaimed the power of elderhood ever since. In 2018, he founded the Modern Elder Academy in Baja California Sur, a wisdom school dedicated to helping people navigate midlife and their FOURTH ACTS.
How can midlife become a calling instead of a crisis? How do we repurpose wisdom? And how do we live a life that is as deep and meaningful as it is long?
Ep. 14 | Denise Gallagher | When a Gal From Tiny Fairfield/Iowa Becomes a Global Adventurer
Denise Gallagher, 67, is an artist, occupational therapist, sublime photographer – and more importantly perhaps, a seeker and explorer. Based in small-town Fairfield/Iowa, Denise has fashioned an expansive life that includes extended travel escapades around the world. Travel not to sightsee, not to work. Travel to just live and BE – and take rapturous photographs.
What’s it like to live in a small town where 1/5 of the residents are serious meditators? What sort of mindset is required to embark on epic world travels and make it all up as you go along? What freedoms do we discover in such travels?
Ep. 13 | Rosemary Ravinal | When Your Inner Life Hasn't Caught Up With Your External Success
Rosemary Ravinal, 66, is a consummate public relations pro with 3 decades of bilingual, bicultural communications expertise. She has worked with everyone – Telemundo, HBO Latin America, The Latin Grammys, Lifetime, Sony Ericsson, MSNBC, Azteca, Republica Havas. Rosemary is the Past President of the Hispanic Public Relations Association and most recently served as the VP of Public Relations for Univision. At a time when some folks retire, Rosemary launched her own Communications Training firm, simply called Rosemary Ravinal.
What happens when our sense of Self doesn’t match the outer acclaim we receive? What sort of inner journey lifts us out of depression and doubt? How do we embrace and dance with the solitariness of being a FOURTH ACT entrepreneur?
Ep. 12 | Luis Gallardo | How A Corporate Marketing Whiz Became a Citizen of the World!
Luis Gallardo, 49, is the Former Global Chief Marketing Officer for Deloitte. He has been an advisor to CEOs, thought leaders, Nobel Laureates, political and institutional game changers on strategic personal positioning and brand building. After leaving Deloitte, Luis founded the World Happiness Foundation and World Happiness Fest. He is the Author of “Happytalism and The Exponentials of Happiness” and the Director of the Gross Global Happiness program at the United Nations University for Peace.
How do you step into a post-corporate life? How do we realize a world with greater happiness? What sort of courage is required to venture more and more deeply into the unknown?
Ep. 11 | Eileen McDargh | How Does the "Queen of Resilience" Find Adventure In Her 7th Decade?
Eileen McDargh, 72, is a Rockstar motivational speaker, hope merchant, truth teller, and the Founder and Chief Energy Officer of The Resiliency Group. Since 1980, Eileen has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count. She has spoken on stages all over the world and been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame. Eileen’s marvelous 8th book, “Burnout to Breakthrough,” was published by Berrett Koehler last fall.
What are the rewards of stopping the chase? What happens when adventure becomes “venturing in?” What are some simple resiliency habits that fuel an energized life?
Inspiring The Human Spirit Through The Life Stories of Remarkable People
Achim Nowak is a master at drawing out the most transformational aspects of his conversation partners' human experience. He also has an uncanny ability to find the most intriguing people to have a deep dive conversation with. Listening to Achim and his remarkable guests is your go-to place if you want to ignite a spark of inspiration on living life from the fullest soul expression. Enjoy!
Find Yourself in My Fourth Act
Life is a series of leaps guided by our intuition. Achim Nowak's interviews through the stories of his guests invite us all to leap. By listening to others, we hear ourselves. Thank you Achim!
Achim asks brilliant and often hard-to-answers questions to exceptional humans, who honor the question with a real, raw and deep answer.