One of my dearest friends and mentors is retiring today. I don’t really know how old she is but it is nowhere near 65. Or 67. Or 70 or whatever age they are saying now. She told me about 5 years ago, maybe even fewer, about how she was planning her life and making strides to become self-sufficient. By that I mean that her investments would produce sufficient income that she would no longer require a job to pay her bills and maintain and expand her lifestyle. Here it is just a few years later and she has “made it.”
I am not a fan of retirement. At least not in the traditional sense. Life is too good, too rich, too important, and too fun when you are contributing your passions to serve others in some way. I am, however, a big fan of setting yourself up as she has done, to have a nice passive income stream that isn’t dependent on any one person or place or thing. I am exceedingly proud of her and I celebrate her accomplishment and freedom. She earned it. She created this life through her thoughts and deliberate actions. She loved herself enough to invest in herself. Let’s look at that again. She loved and trusted and knew herself well enough that she would take the odds on her actions being successful. She picked herself over the government, some money manager or any other investment she could have selected. She bet on herself because she knew she couldn’t lose. She would win or gain valuable experience or both. Her investment in herself continues to pay off every day now.
How about you? Are you ready to get to know, love and trust yourself enough to bet on you, to invest in you? I am betting you are or soon will be. That is why you are here.