Why You Should Never Retire But Do It Soon
Just a month after he retired from 60 Minutes, we were said to hear of the passing of Andy Rooney.
It’s a reminder of the way things used to be.
Work to live
Back in the day, people often retired from the workforce only to retire to the afterlife a short time later.
We’re all familiar with the phrase “shop ’til you drop.” In reality, a lot of people work until they drop.
BIGG success is life on your own terms. Work is one of the five elements of BIGG success. Just one.
Work is but one part of your life. Your life is a system.
So work to live. Don’t live to work.
The purpose of work
With that in mind, we hasten to add three notes about work:
Work adds value.
Work creates growth.
Growth leads to meaning.
So the problem comes when you define yourself by your work. Your work is a part of you, not the other way around.
Work is not the end. It is the beginning.
It is one of the ways you learn about yourself. Your work is the manifestation of who you really are, deep down inside.
So work is important because it helps you discover yourself.
And that self-discovery never end. As long as you keep working.
So never retire!
Now this doesn’t mean you have to work 9 to 5 for the rest of your life.
You don’t have to be at the office Monday through Friday.
You don’t even have to trade time for money.
You can volunteer. You can go back to school. Or you can start your own business.
You can do anything. But the important thing is to do something.
So don’t plan to retire. Plan to move on to something bigger and better. Do it sooner rather than later. That’s BIGG success!
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