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 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”
It felt good writing my last blog on retirement rebels. Truth be told I’ve always been a bit of a rebel myself, and I had to hide that part of me when I went to work for a big Bank, but from time to time it would suddenly pop out and get me in a little trouble. Continue reading “On My Soap Box”
The boomers that I like to hang around at the swimming pool are badass people that I fondly refer to as Retirement Rebels. Retirement Rebels refuse to follow the old fashion beliefs about “old-people,” and being retired. In fact they are anything but retired.
We have started into our busy fall presentation schedule, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet people who are entering or planning for their Victory Lap. We hear their stories and learn of their challenges. I thought I would share some observations or common themes we hear at most of our events.
Continue reading “Get Planning”
I started this blog while sitting by the water sometime in August, but at my relaxed summer pace I see the calendar has flipped into September and another summer has turned to fall. The following are some musings from the lake, before we start our fall blogging schedule. Enjoy!
Another busy week, and another lunch presentation to a group of clients for a local wealth management firm. We enjoy getting the Victory Lap message out and sharing our experiences with people going through their own encore career. If you would like us to present to your club, meeting or at a client event contact us to discuss. Continue reading “Another Busy Week”
Jonathan 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”.
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!
Yesterday I finally got around to getting my old bike out of the basement and taking it out for a ride. I’ve been promising myself to do this since early May but something always seems to get in the way. Now that the book is basically done and the blog is up and running I don’t have any more excuses, the hard work has been done and the hay is in the barn as they say. Continue reading “It’s Going To Be Quite A Ride!”