Why I’ll Never Retire and Neither Should You

Why I’ll Never Retire and Neither Should You

Imagine this: You’re 65, clock out for the last time, and collect your retirement present. But what comes next? Many people dream of the day they can retire, chill and relax. But for me, the idea of retirement is as appealing as supporting Sunderland. Why? Because I believe we need a purpose and drive to truly thrive in life. So, let’s dive into why I’ll never retire and how you can embrace a life of perpetual growth and fulfilment.

work to live?

A Shift in Perspective – Challenging the Retirement Mindset

I used to be one of those people who thought I’d retire at 55, or whatever random number private pensions were based on. The notion of having a set age to retire was heavily influenced by traditional investors like Warren Buffet, who amassed wealth with the intention of enjoying it later in life (although note he is still active!). But as I gained knowledge on the subject and also considered Tony Robbins book ‘Money, Master the game’ I realised that waiting for that magical retirement age to start living was not the path I wanted to follow. Life is unpredictable, and I wanted to make the most of my time and energy while I still could, whilst still making my own investments where possible.

Love What You Do:

I have worked at the same place now for close to a decade because I love it. My latest plans are to remain involvement within the community centre but develop it to the next level, along with my own business (and myself!).  When you love what you do, work doesn’t feel like a chore – it becomes a passion. Think about the people who inspire you the most. Chances are, they’re doing what they love and never plan on stopping. When we’re passionate about our work, we’re more likely to stay engaged, productive, and fulfilled. As the saying goes, “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Tony Robbins, Money master of the game

Age Is Just a Number – Embrace New Beginnings:

In today’s world, we’re never too old to start something new. Whether it’s launching a business, learning a new skill, or picking up a hobby, there’s no age limit to personal growth. Vera Wang, for example, began her iconic fashion career at 40. Morgan Freeman’s first major film role was in the 1987 film “Street Smart, he landed this at 50. So, instead of counting down the days until you can retire, embrace the potential for new beginnings at any stage of your life.

Live in the Now – Don’t Wait for Retirement:

Why postpone happiness and fulfilment until you’re older? With life expectancy in the UK at around 81 years, there’s no guarantee we’ll be in good health or have the energy to enjoy our golden years to the fullest. Instead of waiting for retirement to live your best life, make the most of your youth and good health by pursuing your passions and dreams today.

What is your goal?

Retirement Doesn’t Mean Stopping – Personal Projects Count:

Retirement from a job doesn’t have to mean stopping altogether. Personal projects, such as volunteering, mentoring, or focusing on family, can provide a renewed sense of purpose and keep you engaged in life. Many retirees find that giving back and staying active in their communities help them feel connected and fulfilled.

The traditional concept of retirement may work for some, but for those who crave purpose and drive, it’s a non-starter. By challenging the retirement mindset, loving what you do, embracing new beginnings, living in the now, and continuing to pursue personal projects, you can redefine what it means to “retire” and lead a life filled with passion, growth, and fulfilment. So, whatever you do, don’t stop.


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