Why I Don't Believe in "Retirement"

My wife said, "You know, the day after you stop working it all goes away." I didn't really know what she meant. She went on to say that all the emails and phone calls come to a full stop. All the people you worked with and the industry you helped lead goes away. Your life changes and it will all move on without you.

When I announced to my family and friends that I'd sold my company their first words were "Wow, congratulations! You're retiring!" I started my first business at 26 and spent a career working really hard on my own terms. It was somehow insulting to say "Hey, you're done!" I knew I didn't feel that way.

It got me thinking: what would my next step be? Sure, I can take life a little easier now. I'm looking forward to spending more time with my wife, family and friends. We'd like to take some cool vacations (post-virus).

One thing I started doing about a year ago was learning to play Pickleball. I had never heard of it before. It's a healthy, fun, social outlet. Everyone playing Pickleball is enthusiastic and welcoming. As I play and meet new people, I've begun to figure out what I want to do next. I want to keep working—just in a different way.