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How much critical thinking are you bringing to your retirement planning? And not just with your investments, but on how you’ll invest your time in retirement. Critical thinking can help you avoid distractions, make smart choices and chart your own course in your retirement life.
Dennis Torres shares his lessons from a varied career and from six years in retirement. He joins us from Malibu, California.
Dennis Torres is a skilled, talented mediator, arbitrator and negotiator who is committed to serving the best interests of all parties. He has successfully settled and negotiated thousands of disputes and contracts throughout his professional career. More than 30 years of business experience enables Torres to quickly identify the key issues of any dispute, separate the conflict from the personalities and pragmatically work toward resolution. Additionally, he brings a high degree of integrity and creativity to the process, often being praised for his “out of the box” solutions.
A daily meditator since the mid 1970s, it is easy for Torres to remain centered, focused and neutral while being firmly committed to resolution. His style utilizes a full range of facilitative, evaluative, distributive and transformational methods as best suited for the individuals and the uniqueness of each challenge.
While varying the process to fit the parties and the dispute, typically he will first caucus with counsel for both sides, followed by a joint session with all parties, then individual caucuses with each disputant and their attorney. His success rate is among the highest in the industry and his solutions among the most satisfying.
Torres received his formal training in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University’s School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, which is rated number one in the country. He has both a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution and a Professional Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution. Additionally, he is a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York where he earned a degree in industrial engineering. He also studied law at LaSalle University before being assigned duty with the United States Air Force in Vietnam. In 2006, he completed the PON at Harvard Law School.
In addition to his private practice, Torres served as an adjunct professor of negotiation and dispute resolution for Pepperdine University and as a mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR), the California Academy of Mediation Professionals (CAMP), the Arbitration, Mediation & Conciliation Center (AMCC), the State of California Superior Court in Ventura County and Los Angeles County, and the Courts of Malibu, Santa Monica and Van Nuys, and as both a mediator and arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). He had been professionally associated with Pepperdine University util his retirement.
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On Critical Thinking & Retirement
“Critical thinking is important in all aspects of life, but what it means is to start thinking why we believe what we do. Why do we do the things that we do? We are bombarded throughout our life with philosophies, with commercial advertising that sort of shape our thinking. And especially true in retirement. Many people think, well, we got to go on a cruise. We have to go see the world. We have to go do this, we have to do that. And that may not satisfy people. They think of me personally. I took one cruise in my life, and while I always make the best of a situation and enjoyed meeting people, it was something I would not do again, because the cruise that seemed to be about the eating and gambling and entertainment, none of those things interest me. I’m interested in nature and relaxing and in learning. So the point I’m making here is think about what’s really important to your life, what you want to do with your life that’s going to feel fulfilling instead of rushing around doing things that you think you should do.”
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