Are you uncomfortable with the “R” Word?
Mention the word retirement and a lot of boomers defiantly say: “Not me – I’m never going to retire!”
Well, not an unfamiliar reaction. In fact, 31% of boomers in an RBC poll – said the same thing. Another 51% said there was no appropriate age to retire – it’s up to you!
I couldn’t agree more! That is one of the reasons I launched UNretiredLife! Because many of us boomers will delay the ‘hard-stop’ retirement and instead either continue to work in the same career, recareer, and/or start to test-out and ease into a different kind of work-life balance.
We boomers are known to ‘live to work’. Despite the complaints along the way, work give us a lot more than just a paycheck: we get intellectual stimulation, the satisfaction of contributing, a place to test our mettle, develop skills and grow ourselves. Along the way we self actualize, connect with people to ‘play with’ — and a whole bunch more. And yes, that paycheck is critical. Many of us will continue work for financial reasons.
But does that mean you don’t have to plan for your life and work? Heck no!!!
The biggest mistake people can make is to float along and delay the reflection and planning that is critical to ensuring your next stage of life — whether you work or don’t — is working for you! We all know how important the financial planning piece is. Well the life & work planning is equally critical — and will make your financial planning that much more meaningful.
What will you do when you grow up (do we ever grow up?)? What are the career possibilities for you in the next stage of life? Will you shift career gears or continue in the same lane? Full time/part-time/contract – solopreneur anyone?
Those are just a few of the career question but there’s more: And what about the balance side of things? Will you delay that till you eventually do the ‘full stop retirement’ — or might that be an area to tackle first while you are working?
So whether you call the next stage of life ‘retirement’ or “Unretirement” — you still gotta plan! Financially of course. And for life.
WORKSHOP: That’s what my Retirement 2.0 program is all about. It’s the next version of ’so-called-retirement’ and isn’t just for people planning ‘hard-stop’ cessation of work. It’s for boomers who want to make the most of the next stage of life (work optional!) — but perhaps haven’t yet had the chance to think it through. We’ll bring guidance, reflection prompters and challenges to your assumptions. And it will be fun! At least that’s the intention:)
Would love to see you. It’s all part of the TGIM worklife….just getting ready for ‘what’s next’.
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