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Getting Ready For Retirement, Become A Life Long Learner

Posted by Josh Patrick

blog_june_13OK, I admit it.  I go a little bit overboard on the life long learner thing.  I read over 65 business books a year.  I rarely listen to music in my car and I listen to books instead.  I attend at least four seminars a year where I get to learn new things.  I even listen to tons of podcasts and webinars during the year.

You certainly don’t have to do that much.  You do have to think about keeping current as you move into retirement.

Retirement is a time to pursue your passion.

I’m at the age where I probably could retire if I wanted.  I’ve written in the past and will continue to maintain that I have absolutely no interest in retiring.  In fact, I’m doing the opposite…..I’m starting a new business.

You might ask why?  At 61 years old isn’t it just better to start winding down?  My answer is a resounding no.  I’m getting to test a bunch of theories I’ve had in the real world.  I’m ready to actually walk my talk and start doing things I’ve been recommending for years.

What about you?  Are you ready to start pursuing something that you find really interesting and don’t have all the answers?

The amount of new information is staggering.

As fast as I can learn new information, I keep falling further and further behind.  That is on the technical stuff.  On what makes for a good life, that really hasn’t changed much in the past several centuries.

That means there’s a disconnect for us to consider.  You need to stay current if you want to stay involved.  You also have to remember that it’s not about the goal; it’s about the journey that will make your life interesting.  Focusing on both is a challenge and one you’ll probably want to do.

Keeping young is using your brain.

I have the pleasure of working with several people in the mid 70’s.  These people are among the most interested and engaging people I’ve ever met.  They combine wisdom with practical knowledge you don’t see in people under fifty.

They stay young be keeping their mind and body busy.  These people are always thinking of new ways of applying what they’re really interested in.  I’m hoping that as you get closer to retirement you’ll do the same thing.  I think you should keep both your mind and body occupied doing things you love.

Don’t become isolated.

One of the biggest challenges we have as we age is we tend to isolate ourselves.  Friends die and move away.  We have a smaller universe of people we associate with.  If you don’t actively look for new relationships you’ll wake up one day and find there aren’t any people for you to spend time with.

If that happens to you, there’s a good chance your life will start to be less fun.  After all, aren’t you a social animal?  I bet you enjoy having good friends around you.  As you get older you might have to work harder at that then when you were thirty.  It’s important.  Pay attention to keeping a vibrant social network around you.

It’s all about having a good life.

At the end of the day you want to look back and think that this has all been about having a well-lived life.  The challenge with this is it’s something your not going to know whether you achieved until you’re close to the end of your life.

Do a little exercise now.  Pretend you have two weeks to live.  Look back at your life.  Are you happy with what you see?  If not, what would have made you happy?  Start taking action to fill that void.  It’ll help make you have had a well-lived life.

Retirement is a time of extreme change in your life.  We have a special report on getting ready for retirement.  This will help you think about some of the things that can make your retirement successful.  Let me know what you think after you read it over.

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Topics: retirement planning, retirement, financial planning

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