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Retirement implies you are no longer working. Youíve given up treadmill described above for a villa somewhere off coast of Spain. Sounds great, doesnít it?! Then why would I not recommend retirement? The reason is simple: People need to do creative things. They need to be involved and express their talents and capabilities to fullest. Itís not only a way of feeling useful or deriving an income; itís more importantly a requirement for sanity and longevity. Numerous studies corroborate this.
Does this mean you shouldnít retire? Do you have to remain on treadmill until you die? Not exactly. You can get out of "rat race" without retiring. Applying a new dimension to word, retire, it no longer implies that you stop working; rather, you are no longer working for someone else. You can still have that villa, only now you can also be engaged in creating and expressing your talents. For many retirees, it means establishing and marketing their hobbies. For many others, itís about starting their own consulting business.
The important thing to consider as you approach retirement age is that over years you have brought a lot to table and have given of yourself in many, many ways. You can now take those same talents and begin to look at ways you can continue to apply them in a self-employed capacity. The rewards will be great. Youíll be off treadmill, youíll stay sane, youíll live longer, and that villa off coast of Spain just got a new owner, you.
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