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  • Starting over after 50
  • Based upon Max Gilreath’s real life story and collaboration with Deanna Poehlman
  • Hope and how-to for people over 50
  • Life’s many transitions and how to start over from: job loss, career transition, health issues, financial set-backs, relationships, empty nesters, or divorce
  • How to overcome midlife challenges (beach ball effect)
  • How to make dreams and passions reality

  • Anyone seeking a fulfilling purpose based life

Anthony “Max” Gilreath

Max, a successful former corporate executive and manager, had an epiphany; he was over 50 and no longer getting fulfillment in the politically steeped corporate world. For over 30 years he approached his responsibilities and his objectives in sales and marketing with vigor, passion and determination. He was responsible for selling nearly $1B in technology products and services. These attributes garnered him numerous awards and recognition for achievements well above and beyond his objectives.

Now in life’s second half his passion, determination and vigor are focused on helping to guide, teach, support and inspire others for personal empowerment. Through his own life experiences of ups and downs, losses and wins, tragedies and joys, he has emerged as stronger, centered in body, mind and spirit and leading a life of total fulfillment.

As the co-author of, Over 50 Starting Over, 50 days to New Passion and New Life, he has chosen to share his life journey to personal fulfillment, to encourage others to pursue their dreams, to follow their heart and to take the second chapter in life to truly live, to fulfill dreams and live with passion. It’s never too late to really live, it’s never too late to embrace your passion and achieve true success; success defined by how you greet each day.

Max was born in 1956; he resides in Houston, Texas and Costa Rica. He has two adult sons, “Jay” and “Jody” and two beautiful granddaughters, Taryn and Alena.

Deanna Poehlman

Deanna enjoyed sales and sales management in the wireless telecommunications industry for over 25 years. In 2008 she found her passion capital and established her own business where she helps clients identify their contributing value and undiscovered passion to ultimately expose their dream job. Her career coaching inspired Max Gilreath to realize his gift, calling, and value. She serves the under-employed, unhappily employed, or unemployed. She is a career coach that not only teaches how to get great jobs at top pay, but delivers the process for implementation based on the client’s unique DISC Personality Profile. Deanna lives in Cypress Texas with her husband of 29 years, Bob, along with a Golden Retriever, Bailey and a Great Pyrenees, Crash. Their two sons are Aaron, 25 and Austin, 21.

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"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"You lose 100% of the shots you don't take"

Wayne Gretzky

"Calling; when what you really want to do is the same as who you really are."

Max Gilreath

"Happiness depends upon ourselves"


"In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks."

Warren Buffet

"Joy is our birthright in Christ"

Beth Moore

"Old and Negative Energies Must Be Removed In Order for New Positive Energies to Take Root and Grow. Change Starts from Within."

Max Gilreath

"Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again."

Gautama Buddha

"You find your calling when your greatest gladness meets the world's greatest needs"

Fredrick Beckner

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."

Mark Twain

"Life is short. Break the rules forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile."

Mark Twain

"I'm most comfortable when I'm uncomfortable"

Max Gilreath

"Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit."

Napoleon Hill