Conventional Wisdom: Don't Retire Early
Don't do it! Even if you can afford to because of financial success, there are non-financial pitfalls to consider.
The best-laid post-retirement plans to travel, relax or pursue a hobby can lose its luster when interest wanes over time. Interest will decrease if the focus is on your interests. Relationships that were once easy in the pursuit of business become more difficult to sustain. In fact, statistics show that people, who retire from work and retire from meaningful engagement, die within three years.
Americans healthy at 50 can now expect to live to 82. There is the real possibility of 30 highly productive second-half years. It can be challenging to find a second-career. But with Finishers Project, it is easy. Those entering a profile are faced with a myriad of options that are surprisingly well suited to them. The nice thing about being 50-something and beyond is that we know all the things we are not good at. That allows us to be productive in are areas of strength which is energizing; fulfilling and joy-filled.
If that is not you in your current career, then do "retire" from it. One prototypical couple with successful rewarding careers, now with the Lord, served 8-years cross-culturally beginning at 60 with an "early retirement." Upon returning home, they reflected, "those were the best years of our lives."
What does the Lord say on the subject?
- Work: "Work, for the night is coming." (Translated, if you're not dead, your not done.) (John 9:4)
- Be useful: "Earnestly seek to make yourself useful." Penned by the tireless Apostle Paul (1 Cor 12:31)
- Stay engaged: "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord." (Rom 12:11)
MissionNext/Finishers Project Founder