Why do you work?
Stop and think about it. Other than income you derive from various tasks and responsibilities you perform on job, are there any other reasons you get up every morning before birds do, drive your car in rush-hour traffic, get into office and go to several meetings throughout day that have yet to change life as we know it, and sit at your desk going through all things you need to go through that are a part of whatís been called, work?
Youíve been doing this for a long time. Youíve been putting up with office politics, with a lot of grief from your supervisors, peers and direct reports, and then coming home a bit less energized than when you left twelve hours earlier, only to face other issues on home front. Other than money, what has been motivating you all these years?
Hopefully, you have been able to derive a measure of satisfaction from doing those things that have tapped your creativity and utilized a good percentage of your talents, capabilities and unique gifts. Hopefully, you have followed your passion over years and associated yourself with types of jobs and careers for which you have felt a lot of enthusiasm, and from which you have been able to experience tremendous fulfillment.
If you are reaching retirement age, it may be time for you to look at a retirement calculator, assess your finances, and review all things that have produced your fulfillment. If you are financially positioned to retire, should you? It seems like a silly question, but thereís more to it than meets eye. I donít recommend retirement to anyone.