Manufacture Your Day by STOP THINKING ABOUT RETIREMENT
Have you ever paid attention how many people talk about retirement?
Recently I heard a guy in his late thirties saying, “I can’t wait for retirement, just sitting at the beach and doing nothing.”
What he was really saying is, “I don’t want to go to work anymore because I have to do things that I don’t enjoy doing with little to no appreciation.”
How sad is that?
Many people experience a lot of frustration and tension in their jobs but believe me when I say, retirement is not the solution.
Most people have no idea what they are going to do when they retire. Some people also “have to” retire involuntarily due to a lost job, restructuring or an illness. It is important to keep yourself active and busy if you would like to live a long and fulfilling life.
“The OSU (Oregon State University) researchers found that healthy adults who retired one year past age 65 had an 11 percent lower risk of death from all causes, even when taking into account demographic, lifestyle and health issues. Even people who described themselves as unhealthy were found likely to live longer if they kept working, the study said.” by Ann Brenoff, Huff Post US
I would like to give you my dad as an example. My “Papa” is 86 years old and he is in very good health. He has worked 55 years with love and passion. Papa and my mom used to own a construction business in Austria and when he sold the company at age 67, he started to drive a tow truck for the local Volkswagen dealership until he turned 85 – not because he had to but because he wanted to. He told me that he initially started the business because he had lost his job as a carpenter but that he always enjoyed the work he did.
Right now he still has his own bee hive and he makes his own walnut schnapps. He sells both, honey and schnapps, to local B&Bs, which keeps him busy and gives him a sense of purpose.
He is my role model because I don’t think about retirement either.
Here is my perspective:
- If you love what you do, you never really work.
- Money is icing on the cake, but it should never be your main/only reason for going to work.
- You find what you look for: Change your perspective and find the positive aspects in your job.
- If you enjoy every day, you can stop waiting for retirement.
- Your attitude determines your quality of life.
Now drop this retirement idea and go back to business with a new-found perspective.
Food for Thought:
What do you do outside of work that gives you a sense of passion and purpose?
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