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Tuesday, November 08, 2005 5:29 PM
Guess I'm Technically Retired
Evelyn Rodriguez on Passionate Work

This just in from the recent Newsweek cover story on Boomers. According to the Merrill Lynch New Retirement Survey, 81 percent of boomers expect to keep working past 65, but their professional goals will shift:

Says Ken Dychtwald, president of Age Wave:

You have corporate CEOs who want to be schoolteachers, and marketing managers who'd really rather run a coffee shop, bookkeepers who want to join the Peace Corps. They'll work fewer hours or only eight months a year, and they won't be as concerned about having the biggest office or the most lucrative job. It will be more important to do something they enjoy.'

Agree? Disagree? How about you? Still dreaming of a big corner office? Waiting until retirement to run that coffee shop? To volunteer? To do something you enjoy?


Evelyn Rodriguez - 11/9/2005 7:06:33 PM
Judy it's so great to hear from someone defying our concept of retirement. In the fabulous book, 'The Monk and the Riddle', (disguised as a start-up manual) Randy Komisar hints that many of us are on the 'Life Deferment Plan'. Later...Later...Someday I'll do work I enjoy, spend more time with my kids, write a novel, tinker in the garden....

Looks like plenty of us are redefining retirement. I'm with Soni that I like the concept of a continuous partial retirement. I sometimes work seven months of the year and take the rest 'off' to work on pro bono projects and creative endeavors. I'm only able to do that financially because I have realized I don't need as much STUFF as I thought to be happy. I don't see why I'd WANT to retire.

'The true joy of life is being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown to the scrap heap...' - George Bernard Shaw

Thanks for your great comments!
Judy - 11/9/2005 4:32:50 PM
I'm 79 years old, I still work -- at my own pace -- and I'm not interested in retirement per se. Maybe it's what retirement has traditionally meant: golf, tennis, mah jhong and zzzzzz, I'm falling asleep just thinking about it. Guess we really do need a new definition of retirement.
Soni - 11/9/2005 11:58:53 AM
Me personally, I'm aiming for a life of permanent semi-retirement. By keeping my expenses down and my needs light, I hope to be able to maintain a work state that embraces service to others as well as allowing me to enjoy the fruits of my labor with more than just the standard two weeks in June.

My overall goal is to have a work setup that allows me to meet my modest needs working 3-4 days a week and taking off a few months a year (in a lump or otherwise).

So far, it's not quite there yet, but most of that is due to my own inability to just push away from the desk. :-)

As my favorite money guru, Rumplestitz, once noted, referring to work and the retirement from same - retirement is for the corrupt since only the corrupt will do for money what they will not do for any other reason. The work I do, I do because I love it. The money is gravy. At this point it may be neccessary gravy, but as my family and friends have pointed out, I've been telling people how to 'fix their lives' for free since I was a kid and show no signs of stopping now that people are actually paying me for it! :-)


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