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You’ll be bringing your portfolio to your retirement, but what mindset will you be bringing?
The work of Stephen R. Covey has had a tremendous impact on my life personally and professionally. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that his eldest child Cynthia Covey Haller had collaborated with him, and then completed his final book, Live Life in Crescendo: Your Most Important Work Is Always Ahead of You.
The book is about a critical choice we face in the second half of life. Will you live in Crescendo – or it’s opposite Diminuendo? I notice that many people approach retirement with a sense that their best years are behind them. The Coveys challenge that way of of thinking. This quote is a powerful to ponder as you approach retirement and later life:
“Living life in crescendo to me means that my most important work is always ahead of me, never behind me. Start living your life in crescendo–and remember your most important work is ahead of you, not behind you! There is so much more to do, to learn and contribute.”
Over the course of your life and full-time working years, you’ve accumulated valuable skills, experience and wisdom that can be redirected in retirement to have a positive impact on the lives of others. This book provides a blueprint for continued learning, service, contribution, meaning and purpose throughout your life.
Purpose is often clear during those working years and is cloudy, at best, early in retirement. The Coveys offer useful questions, exercises and examples to help you hone in on your Why and discover a new sense of purpose for the years ahead.
Notable, Cynthia Covey Haller also shares in the book painful adversities the family faced that poignantly underscore some of the major themes in Live Life in Crescendo.
Listen to my conversation with Cynthia Covey Haller here
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