This week in our career tips series we're looking at key hurdles we face when managing a career in our 40s.
Careers expert Laurel McLay spoke to Paul Henry about people who in their 40s earning more than any other decade.
However, it's not all about the money and Ms McLay says it's important to simplify your life and question what you're tolerating.
She says people have to look at flexibility in their 40s, including looking after children and parents, and how depression statistics "are a bit grim in this era".
Her advice? "Take it easy."
Watch the video for the full report.