Retirement can last as long as your career. It’s advisable to be clear on what you want you achieve after work. No-one has to completely retire and many people prefer semi-retirement. Others choose to continue in some form of work indefinitely.
“Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
“A person is never too old to achieve success.”
Aspirations for retirement
- Don’t retire. Keep on working. Change your profession. Learn something new and practise new skills.
Over the course of your life, your skills increase, along with your potential – no matter your age. The greater your expertise and experience, the higher the value you are to your company or organisation. When you retire, those attributes remain. You’re aware of your value and potential and want to continue putting your skills to good use. Retiring from a full-time profession or business gives you the opportunity to steer your career along a different route. Let’s take an example.
People with project management skills practised in a large corporation over the course of their career are good at coming up with ideas for improvements. Better still, they know how to implement them. They may see opportunities for using technology to benefit a fledgling business. They have the ability to identify businesses that would benefit, and advise on the methods a small company would need to bring into play in order to grow. The smaller business needs the knowhow – and this may be holding them back from achieving their potential.
People who have worked in a consultancy or management role where their influence and direction has brought about positive change have much to give to young ambitious companies and charitable organisations.
Such examples exist across most sectors and industries. Experience and expertise are valuable to commercial and non-commercial organisations. Age itself is no barrier to anyone wanting to re-direct their career to benefit different types of businesses.
Retirement is an opportunity to find a channel for your skills and a project which brings you fulfilment.
- Structured days. When you walk out of your workplace for the last time, you may experience a mild sense of loss, even momentarily. If so, this would be natural. Your career has filled a large proportion of your life for four decades and leaving it presents a major change. Do not discard your calendar. Instead, replace the work time with meaningful activities to give your life purpose. Perhaps you’d like to continue your education in the area in which you live. Maybe you’d like to join a business or social networking group for people with similar interests. Build a group of people around you for sharing similar interests and goals.
- Extended leisure time. Cruising, taking golf lessons, learning to paint – every activity contributes towards your health, wellbeing and happiness. Arts and crafts challenge your creativity and artistic sense.
Keep up the mental agility you’ve practised throughout your career. If you love reading, join a book club. It will make you concentrate more deeply knowing you’ll be discussing it with others.
If you’re looking for ideas about what to do in retirement, start writing. Write down all your accomplishments in business. What brought you the most pleasure? Attend seminars, join webinars and listen to podcasts to hear people talking about areas of expertise which you find interesting. When you begin to delve into what made you feel most fulfilled, you’ll uncover ideas about what you’d like to do next in the early retirement phase of your life.
Perhaps for you the best kind of retirement is one which gives you the best of all worlds and why not? Lakeshore is the perfect setting for retirement life.
A new beginning at Lakeshore
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