Some Thoughts/Observations During My VL Transition

 

Going through boot camp has been both exhilarating and frustrating at the same time. I’ve been making great progress on the mental and spiritual side but I’m still struggling with getting back into the kind of shape that I want.
I know the problem, I was attempting to write a book, manage a blog, doing media and trying to get healthy at the same time. It was simply asking for too much too soon. Something had to give and it was my workouts. In hindsight the best way to transition into VLR would have been to take a break from work and just focus on my mind, body, and spirit. So now it is time to re-group and re-focus.

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“The Better The Plan The Better The Outcome”

I believe most people would agree with the above statement so why is it that 46% of Canadians do not have a financial plan? It just doesn’t make sense to me. Everyone is concerned about their futures yet why are so many willing to blindly go along and hope things turn out for the best. All I can say is good luck with that! Continue reading ““The Better The Plan The Better The Outcome””

  4 Books

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Suggested Reading Prior To Commencing Your Victory Lap Retirement

A question that frequently comes up at our seminars is what books we would recommend people read to help prepare themselves for a successful VL. I think this happens because many of our talks are held at libraries and people there are accustomed to doing their own research. There are a lot of good books out there, including Victory Lap Retirement, but the following four will do the job getting you both mentally and financially prepared to launch your own VL. Continue reading ”  4 Books”

Who Needs To Plan?

You have probably noticed a trend in our blogs, one common thread is no matter where we start retirement can be better with a little planning. Planning is key for everyone to get their 20 plus years of retirement right. I asked Gerry to share his thoughts.

Planning is Key

When I think about my journey to Victory Lap Retirement (VLR), in comparison to Mike, or other people we have met during the book tour, it is clear there are similarities in that we are leaving careers and looking for something new for the first time in a long time. What is different is how we got here, which is largely based on how we left our career and our  work experience over the last few years. Let me illustrate.

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Finding our Tribe


Recently we did a morning presentation in Kitchener, Ontario,  we normally don’t do mornings as I’m not what you would call a “morning person”.  I don’t know my own name until after my second cup of coffee. Morning presentations also mess up Gerry’s daily workout schedule. Still we were up at 5:30 to get ready to battle the traffic, that is something I haven’t missed since I left the corp.. In the end though the early start was well worth the effort.

The audience we met was a special group of individuals who wake up and head to the local pool, many daily. This was a group I could connect with, the audience was made up by a group of people that was working to maintain a healthy lifestyle which included an early morning workout at the local pool. Each week after their workout they would attend a presentation from people like me on various topics. What a great idea exercise, education and a coffee to boot. Continue reading “Finding our Tribe”

Best Way To End A Nightmare Is To Wake Up

It’s starting to happen. Many boomers are waking up and are unwilling to follow the traditional retirement status quo. They are unwilling to blindly follow and do what everyone else before them has done. They refuse to allow themselves to be defined by someone else’s expectations of what they should do or not do at a certain age. They feel an urge to finally break free and express who they really are. They want to work at something that gives meaning and purpose to their lives. All I can say is it’s about time! Continue reading “Best Way To End A Nightmare Is To Wake Up”

Victory Lap Lifestyle Profile #3

It’s Never Too Late

Active Retirement and HobbiesMany people have heard the story about Grandma Moses who started painting when she was seventy-five years old and still managed to have a twenty-six-year career. Stories like hers seem so distant, so outside the realm of possibility, that it is hard to relate to. That is why I love the following story which was provided to me by our publicist Debby, below is her personal account of how her husband followed his passion and created a dream Victory Lap. A story like this is close to home so it takes on a whole new meaning. Enjoy! Continue reading “Victory Lap Lifestyle Profile #3”

Victory Lap Question – When You Retire Where Do All Your Friends Go?

This question comes up at many presentations I make on Victory Lap Retirement. A strong social network is key to our happiness and longevity. Friendships enrich our lives we should always look to build our social network and build relationships with people we care about.

The challenge for all of us is that we are so busy working and nurturing our family, we can sometimes underinvest in our friendships. Our relationships with friends can also suffer when we are stressed out and in some cases pull back from friends, after all who wants to be a “downer” to our friends Continue reading “Victory Lap Question – When You Retire Where Do All Your Friends Go?”

Hard Way vs.  Smart Way

One of the mistakes I made transitioning into my own Victory Lap was that I didn’t take any time off to regroup and refresh. I was suffering from “sudden retirement shock”. I wasn’t thinking clearly and I did what I always do when things are going off side, I roll up my sleeves and worked harder. I decided to go into full new business mode, I spent the better part of three years in a cave writing a book and trying to figure things out. Sure things worked out well in the end but it took a lot of time, researching, learning what I needed to know and now looking back I realize that it really didn’t have to be as hard as it was.

I also have a bad habit of always going it alone,  something I developed while working at the Corp., a John Wayne thing. I believed that asking for help was a weakness and it made me look vulnerable. I always took the hard way and would try and figure it all out by myself. That kind of thinking resulted in me not creating and benefitting from mentors. This was a major mistake I made in my career. Life could have been so much easier if only I had been more open minded and willing to ask for help and advice. Continue reading “Hard Way vs.  Smart Way”