Layoffs and job losses created by the failing economy, and the realization that nest eggs are not enough to last through retirement, have spurred many people unwillingly into reinvention. In May, the unemployment rate stood at 9.1 percent, with 13.9 million out of work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. I won’t pretend starting over is easy for anybody. Our careers become our identity and our incomes often become our validation. A new career or a smaller income can shake the very foundation of our lives. It forces us to re-examine who we really are, what we really believe, and what we are capable of—all while competing in new arenas with people who often are younger and more experienced.