The Art Of Retirement Living

I was visiting my parents at the cemetery over Christmas and I noticed that they still hadn’t finished my mother’s plaque. There was her date of birth and the dash but they hadn’t inscribed the date that she had passed. The more I thought about it I realized that the most important thing in our lives is the dash. We don’t get to chose our date of birth but we get to choose the dash part which for me means how I plan to live in my Victory Lap. It’s my choice and my responsibility and it’s based on what matters to me. Continue reading “The Art Of Retirement Living”

The Retirement Rebel Belief System

Today’s blog is based on some interesting research that we will be putting into our new book which will be released fall 2020 when I’m 65, and just prior to me attempting Ironman Cozumel. I wanted to release it before that just in case. I am fascinated by how our minds work, and how powerful our minds can be. One of our goals should be to use our minds to our advantage so we can create a better retirement for ourselves. Continue reading “The Retirement Rebel Belief System”

What, Work in VLR?

As I sit here this morning with outside temperatures of -38C wind chill (-37 F), in our first major storm of the year I can’t tell you how happy I am not have to have to gear up and catch the train to head downtown to work. Having the choice of when and where to work in my Victory Lap is wonderful, but as we have said before work is not a bad thing and in fact it is part of retirement principles. Lets talk a little about that today Continue reading “What, Work in VLR?”

2019 Year of the Pig

Our family tribe celebrated New Years in Punta Cana this year and we had a blast. There were fifteen of us on the trip and we have already booked a trip to Vegas in October to celebrate my sixty fifth birthday. Life today is much tougher than what we boomers had to go through and these family get togethers help take some pressure off the kids and gives us all a chance to reconnect and spend some quality time together. Continue reading “2019 Year of the Pig”

The Power of Relationships and Community

In his bestselling book “Outliers”, Malcolm Gladwell talked about the magical town of Roseto in eastern Pennsylvania. The town was established by a group of people who immigrated from Roseto, Italy looking for a better life in the late 1890s. When they sent word back to Italy about the exciting possibilities that existed in the US, more and more people immigrated to this new town, which they named New Roseto. The town ended up looking and feeling just like their Italian home. Continue reading “The Power of Relationships and Community”

Retirement Is A Game, Play It Well

Retirement is supposed to be fun, it should feel good or your doing something wrong. Personally I was far too serious starting out on my Victory Lap, and a mistake I made was not taking any time off. Right out of the gate I started working full bore on VLR which turned into two books and before I knew it three years of my retirement was gone, and I was forty pounds overweight. If you asked me if it was worth it I would definitely say yes but it came at a cost. Working part time at Bass Pro would have been so much easier but that would have meant missing out on my dream of creating my own business, and being my own boss, something that I always wanted to do. So I decided upon the hard way and through the process I’ve become very aware that too much seriousness is a kind of disease; it is a cancer of the soul and when your serious all the time you lose the fun. Thankfully I don’t spend any time feeling like that anymore. Continue reading “Retirement Is A Game, Play It Well”

What Does The Word Retirement Mean?

If you have seen any of our presentations you have heard the story of Mike being told by his publisher that he had written a book about “not retiring”. Despite using retirement in the title of the book, the reality is our language has not come up with word(s) that describe what is going on in the “retirement” world now. So here are some thoughts.

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