067: How to Use Your “Halftime” to Make a Difference with Dean Niewolny

Everyone wants to live a life of significance – and few people know this better than Dean Niewolny. Dean is the CEO of the Halftime Institute, where he helps people expand their own “first half” success and skills into passion and purpose for meeting human needs and making a difference. 

In his book Trade Up, Dean takes readers through your “Halftime”—when you pause to consider how to finish the game—to fuller, richer work and life. He speaks at events around the world, encouraging business leaders to channel their first half achievements into a second half defined by joy, impact, and balance.

Before his own “halftime” experience, Dean spent more than twenty years in executive roles with three of Wall Street’s largest financial firms, finishing his career in the financial sector as market manager for Wells Fargo Advisors in Chicago, where he oversaw a $100 million market.

Many people find themselves searching for purpose and meaning as they approach retirement and try to turn success into significance – and the Halftime Institute’s resources, tools, and strategies are helping people of all ages find it as they walk through the journey of life.

Today, Dean joins the podcast to share the story of why he left his career in finance (and why you don’t have to walk away from your job to serve), how to make the most of the skills and talents hiding within you, and how to leave behind an impactful, powerful legacy.

In this podcast interview, you’ll learn:

  • What Dean’s “halftime” looked like, why the concept didn’t immediately resonate with him, and the moment he realized that making money wasn’t the sole purpose of living. 
  • How so many people find opportunities to serve and live a greater purpose within their existing jobs after their halftime – and how the Halftime Institute’s unique coaching process accelerates this process and empowers you.  
  • Why simply volunteering at your church or another organization rarely connects you to your calling, how this can lead to new struggles and discontent, and how to use your time, talent, and treasure to the best of your ability.
  • What Dean’s mentor did to force him to take action, make a plan, and change his life. 
  • Why you don’t need to be hugely successful to become significant – and how “low cost probes” help professionals find their passions, put their toes in the water, avoid making major life changes that don’t work.
  • The four things that stand out among people who finish well.

Inspiring Quotes

  • For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, that he has prepared beforehand, that we may walk in them.– Ephesians 2:10

Interview Resources

Trade Up: How to Move From Just Making Money to Making a Difference
Halftime Institute
Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance
Girls of Greatness


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