William Notation Posted over 2 years ago How did you find you life's work and passion after age 40? Is it possible? Woody - At 40, I left a solid career in network management and database administration to return to school to become a teacher. I had always considered teaching but always ignored that "little voice" inside my head. So, I finally listened and am now a Technology Education teacher. (Some time ago this was industrial arts or "shop.") After changing careers, I found myself wishing that I had gone into teaching first. After a great deal of being "down" on myself about lost opportunities, I realized that I am a far better teacher now than I would have been earlier. All my experiences have made me who I am now and given me the perspectives and dispositions that I find so helpful in the classroom and shop. So, my advice is simple. Don't fret about being lost. Try something new. If its doesn't work out, try something else. You may be surprised to discover that your past "unfulfilling" work ends up being an asset in your new professional life.