How Changing Careers Might Make You Happy\u000AA Field Guide to Job-Hoppers\u000AThe New Corporate Dropouts: How to spot a remade man from a mile away.\u000A\u000A 1) The Start-Up Schemer\u000A\u000A Previous occupation\u000A\u000A Poet\u000A\u000A Epiphany\u000A\u000A Having his last book, Ineffable Aluminum Joy Demon, rejected by the University of Saskatchewan Press\u000A\u000A Current whereabouts\u000A\u000A Sand Hill Road, raising venture capital for a chain of organic whole-grain-pancake houses\u000A\u000A Style sense\u000A\u000A Bluetooth headgear, black slacks, leather briefcase. Dog-eared copy of the boardroom bible Good to Great conveys familiarity with phrases like \u0022skill set\u0022 and \u0022B2B.\u0022\u000A\u000A Hardest part of new gig\u000A\u000A Trying to hide flop sweat in pitch meetings\u000A\u000A Potentially life-ruining temptation to steer clear of\u000A\u000A Putting \u0022poet\u0022 on résumé\u000A2) The Midlife Monk\u000A\u000A Previous occupation Litigator\u000A\u000A Epiphany\u000A\u000A Winning a billion-dollar case in favor of a Fortune 500 polluter\u000A\u000A Current whereabouts\u000A\u000A Meditating at a Buddhist monastery in Nepal\u000A\u000A Style sense\u000A\u000A Saffron robe, shaved head, musky-smelling sandals, prayer beads, and Cartier watch\u000A\u000A Hardest part of new gig\u000A\u000A \u0022The Buddha says a man must give up all attachments—but I can keep the watch, right?\u0022\u000A\u000A Potentially life-ruining temptation to steer clear of\u000A\u000A Hot nuns\u000A3) The Cool Kids\u0027 Troubadour\u000A\u000A Previous occupation\u000A\u000A Grizzled indie rocker\u000A\u000A Epiphany\u000A\u000A Cashing a $12 royalty check\u000A\u000A Current whereabouts\u000A\u000A On the Disney Channel, quacking like a duck\u000A\u000A Style sense\u000A\u000A Lots of green and orange and pink, topped off by explosively vertical bedhead and a euphoric grin.\u000A\u000A Hardest part of new gig\u000A\u000A Grinning. Constantly.\u000A\u000A Potentially life-ruining temptation to steer clear of Hot moms\u000A4) The Old Man on Campus\u000A\u000A Previous occupation\u000A\u000A High-school math teacher\u000A\u000A Epiphany\u000A\u000A Learning that one of his students earned more than he did\u000A\u000A Current whereabouts\u000A\u000A The M.B.A. program of a university near you\u000A\u000A Style sense\u000A\u000A \u0022Of course I know who the Strokes are!\u0022\u000A\u000A Hardest part of new gig\u000A\u000A The math\u000A\u000A Potentially life-ruining temptation to steer clear of\u000A\u000A hot sophomores\u000A5) The Gentleman Farmer\u000A\u000A Previous occupation\u000A\u000A Wall Street broker\u000A\u000A Epiphany\u000A\u000A Realizing Alan Greenspan was talking gibberish\u000A\u000A Current whereabouts\u000A\u000A On a 40-acre spread in Vermont, milking goats and making a cheese served by Thomas Keller\u000A\u000A Style sense\u000A\u000A Patagonia meets Project Runway. Spotless apron and unscuffed boots suggest someone else is paid to shovel manure.\u000A\u000A Hardest part of new gig\u000A\u000A Greenspan was more interesting than the goats.\u000A\u000A Potentially life-ruining temptation to steer clear of\u000A\u000A hot sheep\u000AO, Pioneers: The most successful late bloomers of all time—from Tom Clancy to Colonel Sanders.\u000A\u000A Ricky Gervais. The comedian and actor went from having a desk job at a radio station in London to selling his idea for The Office to the BBC and becoming a worldwide celebrity.\u000AColonel Sanders. At the age of almost 70, the gas station owner began selling his pressure cooking techniques to restaurants, which became Colonel Sanders franchises, aka, KFC.\u000AJimmy Carter. Carter was a peanut farmer, but his interest in local community affairs in Georgia eventually led to him becoming the 39th elected president.\u000AArnold Schwarzenegger. He\u0027s had three careers: Body builder, actor, and most recently, being elected to be the 38th governor of California in 2003.\u000ATom Clancy. The author was a 37-year-old insurance broker when he penned his first novel, \u0022The Hunt for Red October.\u0022\u000ATom Arnold. Tom Arnold was an overweight TV writer for the sitcom Roseanne, whom he married. After their divorce, he became a high-profile actor in his own right.\u000AJackie Mason. He followed in the family footsteps and became a rabbi in the Lower East Side of New York. At the age of 28, he decided to quit and try his hand at stand-up comedy.\u000AJohn Walsh. John Walsh owned a hotel management company in Florida, but after his 6-year-old son was abducted, he created the Missing Children Act of 1982, and later became the host of Fox\u0027s Americas Most Wanted.\u000AGeorge Foreman. The former heavyweight champ became spokesman for the George Forman grill in the 90s, making more money than he ever did boxing. At the height of the grill\u0027s success, he was pulling in 4.5 million a month.\u000ATim Allen. The comedian was a deadbeat drug dealer from Michigan, spending three years in jail before doing a stand-up comedy routine on a dare, and eventually becoming one of Hollywood\u0027s top entertainers.\u000APaul Gauguin. Gauguin was a happily married stockbroker when, at 35, his hobby of painting on weekends led to being accepted in a prestigious art show. He soon left his wife and family to become a full time bohemian painter.\u000ATed Nugent. The Nuge was famous for being the hard rocking guitarist for the Damn Yankees, but now he\u0027s better known for being a pro-hunting advocate and sitting on the board of D.A.R.E. and the NRA.\u000ACharlton Heston. The award winning film actor became active in gun rights as he grew older, and became the spokesman for the NRA in 1998.