The prospect of transforming yourself in retirement can be exciting and daunting at the same time. Pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone takes introspection and hard work. But it’s so worth it! Did you know Boomers make up 41% of small business or franchise owners?
So don’t retire! At least not like your parents did. Think about it — you have more choices about your life now in your 50++ years than you probably ever did.
5 Steps to Transform Yourself in (Un)retirement
1. What’s your passion? Although it’s hard to have just one, decide what you want to focus on and how you want to work within it. Many people in their 60s , 70s (and beyond) find a new work life with more meaning.
2. Learn all you can. The key to moving forward is to never stop learning. There’s a whole world out there to be discovered. Seek out like-minded people and experts and listen to what they have to say.
3. Determine your limits. The dream phase is necessary (and fun!) but you need to determine what you want your Second Act to look like. Know your true limits on finances and energy. How much flexibility do you want to build into your daily life?
4. Tap your resources. Asking for help where and when you need it is key to achieving your goals. Look for people and resources to help build your new, evolving work life. (Thank you, Internet for giving us so much access.)
5. Make your move! With thoughtful planning and a good dose of chutzpah, you too can begin a new and rewarding path. (According to Businenesswire.com, 66% of Baby Boomers are in their second or third career.)
People are living longer. “Retiring at a certain age” is the old way of thinking. Take these 5 steps above and transform this time of your life into something you dream about!
"The butterfly said to the sun, “They can’t stop talking about my transformation. I can only do it once in my lifetime. If only they knew, they can do it at any time and in countless ways."
Diana Landau is the Content Wrangler for Pickleball Media. After 15 years in corporate marketing, in 2012 she pivoted to write and wrangle content for Niche Media's weekly blog. She now manages the I Used to Be Somebody weekly blog.