As careers for life recede, the trend of living and working on your own terms has come to the fore.
Senior professionals with knowledge and experience are perfectly placed to exploit the opportunity to choose and control their future, electing when they cease "working" for money or pleasure, not having it decided for them.
This trend is manifesting itself today as we see the most talented using their skills and experience in many different ways, simultaneously and consecutively for as long as they are able and willing, ignoring the government's official retirement age, and the tradition of a single career.
There are so many outputs of the new Plural life, from having multiple sources of income to having many circles of colleagues or carrying many business cards!
Pluralists are in control, they stop working when they want to, not when the government or their employer chooses.
Pluralists have a flexible working life which adjusts to fit with everything in their orbit - whether that is exciting and stimulating work, family commitments, a desire to chase a passion, or anything else that may occupy their waking hours.
Some Plural careers are made up of a main job plus a non-executive directorship or two. Others might invlove publishing books, blogging, giving speeches or earning as a consultant.
You could be starting a business with a friend or colleague whilst being a non-executive director of another company and investing in property, start-ups and the stock market. You could be an entrepreneur or even a "Rock star"!
Joanna Lumley - model, actress, campaigner
Clive James - author, journalist, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist
Sadie Frost - actress, fashion designer, film producer
Alex James - Musician, journalist, broadcaster, amateur astrophysicist, cheesemaker
Gwyneth Paltrow - actress, singer, food writer
Julian Fellowes - author, actor, film director, politican
Brian Cox - Musician, astrophysicist, teacher, presenter, author
Luke Johnson - businessman, entrepreneur, journalist, angel investor, charity trustee, father
Alan Sugar - business magnate, entrepreneur, media personality, sports-club owner, political advisor
William Shakespeare - playwright, property developer, timber merchant
Samuel Pepys - diarist, in charge of the Royal Dockyards
Leonardo Da Vinci - inventor, painter, sculptor, architect, scienctist, musician, mathematician, engineer, writer, anatomist, geologist, astronomer, botanist, historian and cartographer!
Benjamin Franklin - author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat
Winston Churchill - statesman, author, journalist, soldier, painter, bricklayer
Hedy Lamarr - actress, inventor
Joseph Priestley - English theologian, dissenting clergyman, natural philosopher, chemist, educator, and Liberal political theorist