Having Fun At The Zoomer Show

mosesjonmikeJonathan and I spent last weekend at the Toronto Zoomer Show, which gave us  the opportunity to talk to numerous people about our new book ‘Victory Lap Retirement.” As Ernie Zelinski my mentor likes to say “Books don’t sell themselves!”

The Zoomer show is Canada’s largest consumer and lifestyle event for men and women aged 45+. Visitors at the show receive the latest trends, advice and information on positive aging from more than 250 exhibitors such as Health and Wellness, Financial Planning, Caregiving, Fitness, Technology, Employment, Education, Pets, Volunteerism, Faith, Safety and Travel. There are celebrity speakers, fitness and health demonstrations and much more. One thing I really enjoyed was the strong line up of quality tribute bands, which included one doing songs of one my personal favourites “David Bowie”.

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Introducing “Victory Lap Retirement Winners”

Victory Lap Retirement Lifesyle winner
Victory Lap Retirement Lifestyle winner

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for awhile but the book launch has kept me quite busy and to be honest I’m a little burned out at the moment. On the positive side I feel like Scrooge on Christmas morning, there are so many positive things going on in my life right now. That is what happens when you decide to take control of your life back and design a great lifestyle for yourself. But to be honest it’s not all roses all the time and one concern that I do have is watching out for my health. I’m not sleeping properly, there is way too much stuff on my mind and even though it’s all positive it concerns me.

I’ve begun a regular habit of checking my blood pressure whenever I’m at Shoppers and the readings are all over the place. While I’m no doctor, I’m pretty sure that it reflects the pace that I’m currently living at. The goal going forward will be to lower stress and slow the pace way, way down as I want to be around a long, long time!

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Breaking Boundaries

What are you going to do when it's your turn?
What are you going to do when it’s your turn?

Last week I appeared on BNN as a guest to talk about Victory Lap Retirement. You can see the interview here.

BNN was doing a piece on “Why Canadians Are Putting off Retirement – and The Challenges They Face” and it looks like our book Victory Lap Retirement struck quite a nerve. You can see a review of the book here and here.
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Financial Independence and Zen Awakening

 

 

 

I was recently asked to review a new book “Zen and the Art of Wealth” by Warren Mackenzie, which is a story of two friends who chat while one helps the other build his drystone wall. It’s a good book and reminded me of some important life lessons that I had forgotten over the years. The book also triggered some memories about how I was first exposed to the world of Zen. Continue reading “Financial Independence and Zen Awakening”

Prolonged Exposure To High Stress Will Mess You Up

Wall Street Banker
Wall Street Banker

I had to write this blog in response to what happened recently at Wells Fargo.

I’ve spent most of my working life, thirty eight years, in the financial services industry and was lucky to escape relatively largely free from long-term damage (I was damaged a little, but am recovering nicely).  I feel for the employees of Well Fargo who, in order to survive, in order to protect their jobs and their families, felt compelled to open over two million chequing and other accounts without their customers knowledge.

 

How did this ever happen?

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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.

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Considering A Sale Leaseback On My Home

Real Estate and Cash concept on green blackboard

This idea came to me while away fishing and the more I think about it the more appealing it becomes. Sale leasebacks are common in the commercial property arena but I couldn’t recall seeing it discussed with respect to residential property. I googled “sale leaseback residential property” and was pleasantly surprised to find that some people are already doing it.

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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

Don’t Fall for The Great Retirement Con (Part 2)

Snake oil Salesman

Over the years, like many of you, I was lulled into believing that retirement was the natural conclusion of things, the final step so to speak. I bought into the deal that my role was to work for thirty plus years, pay off the mortgage and help the kids get through school and off to a good start in life. Once that was all done, and my major responsibilities were behind me, I would be allowed to retire. But retire to what?

Nobody really talked about that part of the deal and that was the part that I was really interested in. Something started to smell funny. Remember, I’m skeptical and so I started to dig deeper into this retirement thing. I was surprised when I finally came to discover that retirement is a relatively recent twentieth century phenomenon and that prior to the industrialization of this country, retirement didn’t exist at all!

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Don’t Fall For The Great Retirement Con (Part 1 of 2)

magic, performance, circus, gambling, casino, poker, show concept - magician in top hat showing trick with playing cardsI don’t like to admit it, but over the years and due to circumstances largely beyond my control, I have turned into a skeptic.

I wasn’t born a skeptic, but who here can really blame me for turning into one with all the crazy stuff going on in this world? Today people seem to say anything they want. They just make stuff up. If you want proof of this, just watch the current race for the presidency in the US. Enough said.

I discovered I was a skeptic one day while drinking bottled water.  You see I used to get clean drinking water at a number of places in my house. As a matter of fact, I could even get drinking water outside my house. I just had to pick up the hose and there it was, as much as I wanted and best of all, it was basically free. I think we can all agree
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