What if I told you that you’ll never retire?
Winning the lottery
Walking up to your boss with a big smile on your face and saying, “I quit!”
These are the things that dreams are made of.
But, most of us haven’t been putting 50% or more of our income into a great retirement account on a consistent basis for the past 20 years. Most of us weren’t pre-IPO Facebook employees. We didn’t get lucky in the stock market. We haven’t won the lottery. We don’t have a long-lost rich uncle who left us everything in his will.
That leaves most of us with that mythical retirement date in the future. Until then, we’ll just keep grinding away in our 9–5 jobs and putting what we can into our savings and retirement accounts. It won’t be for that much longer, right?
Well, I have some good news/bad news for you:
You’re probably going to live a lot longer than you think, retirement dates are being pushed out more every year, and you’ll most likely end up working beyond when you originally thought you were going to quit.
If you don’t love your job, this isn’t good news, and 85% of people worldwide feel disengaged or unhappy at work. You’re not happy about this if you’ve always experienced your work as traditional “work.”
But, what if you could redefine your job and be in full control of what your work will be? Would you so eagerly pursue retirement if you actually enjoyed your job? The fastest way to “stop working” is to change your work into something that no longer feels like work. I describe how to do that in this article.
So yes, we’re going to work longer than we might have first planned when we were bright-eyed and full of hope entering the working world oh so many years ago. We’re going to live longer than our grandparents and parents due to a variety of reasons:
- Advances in biomedical research, innovation, and healthcare