Webster’s defines retirement as “withdrawal from one’s position or occupation or from active working life.”

This is how all of us have defined what retirement is and how we look at it.

My definition is a bit different. I define retirement as “Withdrawal from one’s career to gain freedom and control of one’s life in which you may continue to work if you please, yet only on what, when, and at what pace you wish.”

Retiring early is about seizing your freedom and doing what you want, when you want, how you want and from where you want. You are in charge and in full control of your life. No more 9-5 work days unless you allow it. Unless you are the CEO or the owner of your business, you’ve been marching to someone else’s orders likely for many years. When you retire early, you’re now the CEO of YOU.

You call the shots, you make the plans, you control your schedule and decide the direction you’re going to take your life. When I retired last November, my mind was a cluttered mess. When I put my head on my pillow most nights, my mind would race wondering if I forgot to do something or what I needed to do the next day. It’s taken me a couple of months but finally my mind and thoughts are at peace.

I wake up knowing that I’m planning to get certain things done that day but if I don’t, it’s no big deal. I’m still working on projects surrounding my upcoming book release but instead of driving to the office every day, I make the long commute downstairs to my office in the basement. Some days I might work two to three hours and other days I might say “screw it” I’m not working at all. Retiring Early isn’t about sleeping in until 10am and watching the Price is Right every day. We all know deep down inside that novelty wears off anyway and people get restless and bored.

Retiring early is about changing the narrative of your life and rewriting your story. My time is running out and so is yours. Are you going to chase money and work the rest of your life? Hopefully you’ll start a new chapter and begin to fully embrace the freedom that you deserve.

I can tell you this – it truly feels so good from the other side. As a matter of fact, I’m packing up right now to go to a very important meeting I have on Monday… in Mexico… with my girlfriend Deb.