Webster’s dictionary defines retirement as “withdrawal from one’s position or occupation or from active working life.” Society further defines the standard for retirement to happen at the age of 65.  If you fall into line with society standards, then you can’t blame anyone if you are still engaged in position or occupation that keeps you in an active working life at 65 or often older.

My definition of retirement is to leave your career and do what you want, when you want, how you want and from where you want. I explain through my simple DIAL system that if your numbers are in order, it can happen at any age. It’s that simple.

Your definition might be completely different and that’s totally acceptable. You might even catch some shit from family, friends and co-workers because your definition of retirement isn’t living up to the definition of what a “traditional” retirement looks like. This is 2019 and you’re free to craft your retirement however you’d like. This is your life so live it your way.

Remember when you retire it’s your retirement. It’s your life. Who’s in control of your life? You are. Craft your retirement how you see fit. Everyone has an idea of what their retirement is going to look like.  Some can’t wait to travel or expand on a hobby. There are some that are just looking forward to the age of 65 and days of doing nothing. If that’s what you want, that’s okay but many people want more out of life.

You want to play golf seven days a week. Do it. You leave your career to work part-time at Home Depot and play bridge three days a week. Do it. Want to travel? Relocate? Do it.

You don’t need anybody’s permission to live the life you want to live. You have only one chance at life so live it on your own terms.

What is the true definition of retirement? It’s what YOU define it as.

Don’t let Webster’s dictionary, society or others influence your opinion of retirement. Craft your own definition and get on with it.

Live free my friends,
Eric Gaddy