Questions on Victory Lap Retirement

24nov-michaeldrakThe following is a recent interview that I did for Sheryl Smolkin over at www.savewithspp.com on VLR.

Sometimes I think it would have been better to have used the title “Victory Lap lifestyle.” VLR really isn’t a book about retirement, it’s a book that focuses on lifestyle design. Instead of being located in the personal finance section of the bookstore it should be in the self-improvement section, because the goal of the book is to help improve the quality of a person’s remaining years.

Another point we discussed in the interview is the difference between Victory Lap Retirement and an encore career. An encore career (paid or unpaid) is only one of the key ingredients in a successful Victory Lap lifestyle.  Enjoy the interview! Continue reading “Questions on Victory Lap Retirement”

Letting Go Of Grudges

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With Victory Lap Retirement now finished I’ve set out on a mission to simplify my life. This past weekend I cleaned out the cave, aka my home office, where I do the majority of my writing. I managed to fill up a garbage bag with papers containing my thoughts and ideas, newspaper clippings, magazines, and books. I was so pleased with this process, I expanded this simplifying process to the rest of the house, and I am amazed by all the “junk” collected over the years. In many cases, I didn’t even remember how it was acquired. It’s not just physical “junk” that I will purge, but also the “junk” that takes up valuable space in my mind.

Today I would like to talk about how I found a way to discard grudges which are a huge time and energy waster.

“Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness, laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you cannot change.”

-Author Unknown

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Gone Fishing!

Gone Fishing Message.

Well it’s that time of year again when I leave town to do some fly fishing for Atlantic salmon on the mighty George River. It takes us two days to get there, but the trip is always worth the pain. It’s wonderful to be able get away from computers, the internet and the news which always seems to be bad these days. Everyone needs a break, a chance to recharge and the George River does that for me in spades!

Will be back in Toronto on Sept 8th.

Mike