- Ten thousand (+) Americans retire every day.
- While retirement in the past marked the
beginning of the end of life, nowadays it might be better described as the end
- Retirement nowadays lasts decades – far longer
than we spent in schools and, in some cases, longer than we spent in our
- Increasing longevity and the changing nature of
work requires more radical rethinking of life stages.
- The language people have grown to use about
retirement is, at best, far from clear or realistic.
- “Retirement” connotes a retreat from battle or a
step back to safer ground – a concept that does not capture the range of
retirement adventures that many embark upon today.
- The old perspective on life stages might require
rethinking – such as abandoning the old school – work – retirement timeline to
spreading periods of wok, education and sabbatical throughout our lives.
- The challenge of those who are turning
sixty-five (about 12,000 per day in the United States) will be to figure out
what to do with the expected thirty more years of life that they face.
- Most people who have led active lives are “not
good at” doing nothing, and “don’t like” doing nothing. This puts them in a
position where they eventually become miserable – and they die. (For those of
you who are familiar with the “Doom Loop,” this is “Q4.”)
- Planning on ways to move away from “Q4” is the key
to a happy and productive retirement.