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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.

Never retire

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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How to Turn a Dead End Job into a Springboard for Success

How a dead-end job can lead to BIGG SuccessAccording to Deloitte’s Shift Index, 4 out of 5 people are unhappy at work these days. We spend at least half our waking hours over five of the seven days of the week at work. And yet, most people are miserable most of that time.

There are a number of reasons people feel this way. Companies have laid people off. Yet the expectation is that the remaining people will be able to find a way to still get all the work done.

And they have for the most part! Sure, some things have suffered. Some things don’t get done anymore. Or at least done at the level of quality that they used to.

Day after day, week after week, month after month – so many people begrudgingly go through the daily grind.

Because they’re scared.

Because they think it would be hard to get a job that pays as well.

Because of uncertainty about the future.

They feel like they no longer have control over their own lives.

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Meaningful work

It’s the opposite of BIGG success. BIGG success is life on your own terms – taking control to build the life that fits you perfectly. Work is one of the five elements of BIGG success.

There are two terms often associated with work – job and career.

Nobody wants a job.
Everyone wants a career.

Nobody wants to just trade time for money.
Everybody wants to earn money from a trade.

A job is meaningless.
A career is meaningful.

This is the message we hear again and again – sometimes directly, sometimes more subtly.

Let’s not be subtle. Neither a job nor a career has meaning. Work has meaning.

Work adds value.
Work creates growth.

All this can happen in a job or a career.

A meaningful dead-end job?

It’s more obvious with a career. But how about a job?

A dead-end job.
A job where you know you’re going nowhere.
Can you find meaning there?


Every job has value. Every job has a potential to serve. But let’s double down.

Let’s say your boss is a jerk.

The company is mediocre.
There’s no clear vision.
Customers aren’t thrilled.
They just do business with the firm because of inertia and no clear alternatives.
Your co-workers are just putting in their time.

Can you still find meaning there?

A resounding yes!

The key lies in understanding a finer point about the definition of BIGG success, life on your own terms.

The springboard

BIGG success is a destination. It’s about getting from where you are now to where you want to be.

In other words, it’s a journey.
Down a long and winding road.
And sometimes the shortest distance between two points is under construction.

And that’s where the job comes in.
A job may buy you time – another one of the five elements of BIGG success.
Time to find yourself.
Time to do research on promising careers.
Time to find your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Time to save money.
Time to build your network.
Time to establish yourself as an expert.
Time to start a business part time.

We think it’s time to stop…you get the idea!

Even a dead-end job can help you move closer to BIGG success. By turning this knowledge into a strategy, a dead-end job becomes meaningful. It can serve as a springboard to BIGG success!

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