Don’t Ever, Ever, Ever, Quit On Yourself

Work or retire as a concept of a difficult decision time for working or retirement as a cross roads and road sign with arrows showing a fork in the road representing the concept of direction when facing a challenging life choice.

If you are reading this, it means that my website has been fixed and is up and running again. Sorry about that folks, but if you have been following along, you know this computer world is all new to me and I’m trying to get by as best I can.

I’ve been told that I need to build a social media platform for myself to help tell the world about Victory Lap Retirement (VLR), which means that I need to learn all about Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and God knows what else. I currently use an old computer that appears to have a life of it’s own and for some unknown reason decides to shut down and restart whenever it feels like it. My internet works the same way, sometimes it likes me and sometimes it doesn’t, but it all doesn’t matter because once I decide on a course of action I never ever, ever quit.

I wasn’t always like this and many times in the past I would fold when things got a little tough, but this quitting habit of mine changed when I transitioned into my own version of VLR. You see, now I only commit do things that I have taken the time to ponder on, that are important to me and quitting is not a viable option for me anymore.

One of the main themes of my VLR is to give people hope and help them design and transition into their own version of VLR. This is my personal mission, my IKIGAI, my reason for getting out of bed in the morning and the reason why I continue to deal with that annoying computer. How could you ever quit on what you love doing? How could you ever quit on yourself?


In VLR Anything Is Possible If You Work Hard At It

I believe the above statement to be true as I have experienced it first hand. My former self would have never believed that Mike Drak could learn to use a computer, co-author a book and become a public speaker. Those last two were some of the hardest things that I have ever done but at the same time were some of the most satisfying. Challenging yourself and succeeding at realizing your goals is what makes life interesting and rewarding.  You just gotta wanna.

After entering VLR, my world changed for the better and your world can change too.  Believe me on this because if I can do it there is no reason why you can’t do it. You just have to know what you want out of life and go after it with everything you’ve got.

The reason that we are successful in VLR is because we are not working at something for others anymore, we are now focused at working on our own thing and believe me on this, that type of work has a real good feeling attached to it. It’s hard to fail when you are doing something you enjoy and are completely committed to, bottom line.


Just Don’t Call Me Retired

I went to my bank the other day to drop off some wrapped coin. Wrapping coin as many of you know is a real pain. My bank used to provide a free coin counting machine, imagine that a bank giving something away for free these days but apparently the machines were short changing customers so we are back to wrapping again!

When the teller looked up my account they asked me how my retirement was going which caught me a little off guard. I guess people assume that when you leave somewhere after thirty six years that you would naturally retire. To be honest I was a little offended being referred to as retired, as I’m anything but. In fact, I’m probably working harder than ever, but is it really work when you are doing something that you love? Every time I hear the word retired I cringe a little, especially when it is aimed at me. I have a very narrow definition for the words retire and retirement, unlike the way they are used today to describe everything but the kitchen sink.

To me, retirement means that a person is done, that they have given up participating, and are willing to sit on the sidelines and enjoy watching the world go by. And there is nothing wrong with that.  I knew my mother was retired the day she decided to move into a retirement home and let others take care of her. That made sense to me but that title at this point in my life just doesn’t work for me. I still have a lot of gas left in the tank, there is still a lot that I want to accomplish so please whatever you do just don’t refer to me as retired!

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