Jane Pauley was only 25 years old when she walked into the spotlight of morning TV on the Today show. It’s been 25 years since her first day on the show and Pauley says that she now has a new calling. She opened up about her past, present and future to CBS and was happy to discuss her career.
“I am 25 years old today, and some people say that is simply not old enough. Well, I’m inclined to think it makes precious little difference how old I am. At any rate, I can’t do anything about it but anticipate my 26th birthday upcoming in two weeks,” Pauley said during her first Today show.
“I was so young,” Pauley said of her first day on the show. “I knew I didn’t belong there. And if you hear my little speech on that first day, I’m trying to talk like anchor people talk. You can hear me trying really hard, to both apologize for being too young but to sound mature? It’s painful!”
Pauley lived most of her life in the spotlight and because she was so young when she started the show, she hit all of the major life milestones while working on it.
Pauley said that she was grateful to have been given such an amazing opportunity at such a young age, but now that she is almost 65, she said that her new calling is to help others reinvent themselves no matter what age they are.
“We are at a stage of life where we’re supposed to be planning for, or anticipating, or dreading retirement,” she said. “When after that artificial date, at the age of 65, we know we could live another decade, two, or three. What are we going to do?”
“In our 60s, we develop a confidence based on the experience and skills we have,” she added. “We are more risk-takers.”
To help people reinvent themselves she has written a new book, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.
The book shares Pauley’s story of reinvention and empowerment as well as the stories of others who have found success later in life.
She believes that it is never too late to reinvent yourself, follow a dream or become the person you want to be.