I’ve earned a paycheck doing something almost everyday since i was 13 years old, if you include my route as a paperboy for the Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram.
I worked my way through the University of Southern California, sometimes holding down a couple of part-time jobs, including painting apartment buildings in Belmont Shores, working the weekend graveyard shift as the desk clerk at the YMCA Hotel, even making giant roll-up warehouse doors at a factory in Vernon.
After graduating, I served as the marketing lead for several huge enterprises, then started and sold a couple of companies. Finally, you get to this point where you think you can retire, travel, go on cruises, learn to golf, or pursue a new hobby.
Unfortunately, when it got to the point where I could retire in my early 50s, it was not as interesting as I thought. So, I dusted off my career after six months of “retirement” and went back to work.
Of course, work is never work if you’re doing something you love. And, I’m pleased so say, that’s exactly where I am today.
So, for those who are thinking about retiring, my lesson is simple… have a plan “B” that includes working at something you truly love. Retirement will never be better.