It’s a myth that reputation and credentials can provide easy access, at any time. Arguably those are useful, verifiable, assets to trust and verify. However, our life experience should not rely on any singular, myopic, path. Rather we should assume that another path can be pursued at any other time; a 2nd act in life, starting now.
It begins when we turn inwards to validate everything we have done, the work, the lessons learned, and the experience of so many different things. Your 2nd act becomes a story of your expertise and a drive to share something remarkable with the world.