No One Should Retire

I was following a line of thought yesterday and I made the above statement: no one should retire.  I thought it was interesting.  My thought was that people should look for work they are happy, or passionate, or interested, or excited about.

I was talking to a brand new Realtor who had big goals about building passive income and being able to do whatever he wanted for the rest of his life.  So I asked him, “What would you do?”  He didn’t really have an answer.

It made me think about my life. I know that I have said many of the exact same things that he said to me earlier in my life, or maybe even last week.  What I have found though is that if you don’t have something you are doing in your life that makes you happy, having a bunch of money is not going to do it for you.  I have read many stories about people who sold their business/asset/etc. for millions or even billions of dollars. People that would never have to work again for the rest of their lives.  They all went back to work.

If you don’t have something to do that makes you excited to do it, go find something else.  Why wake up every day and do something you hate for a pipe dream of having days where it doesn’t matter when you wake up?  Why not find a job that you could never think of retiring from?

I remember thinking when I was at Dale Carnegie that I wanted to be like Paul Caulkins.  He could retire and do whatever he wants. He wanted to help businesses and people do better. So that is how he spent his time. I could have spent the rest of my life helping people through Dale Carnegie.  It is one of the reasons that I am so excited now about getting to go back and train for them again.  Doing that always made me excited. Doing that always made me passionate.  Doing that always made me happy.  So now I am searching after the things that make me feel that way.

As long as you are being paid enough to live and be comfortable, if you are doing something every day that makes you feel like that, does it really matter how much you are paid?

Now I get to help people buy and sell houses, which I love. Now I will get to help more people through Dale Carnegie, which I love. Now I have more time to spend with my family, which I love.  That is the type of life that I want.  Why would I ever want to retire from that?

I am grateful for Chris Hart.

I am grateful for gymnastics.

I am grateful for Hailey facing forward in her new car seat.

I am grateful for focusing on gratitude.

I am grateful for getting to talk to a younger version of me.

I am grateful for getting to listen to people who love their life.

I am grateful for getting to help so many people.

I am grateful for running.

I am grateful for push ups.

I am grateful for good books.

I am grateful for infinite books.

I am grateful for eating.

I love my life! Thank you!

~Ryan Lynch