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What if you think differently about your retirement? Andrew Robin rejoins us to update us on his Tapas Life since we first spoke with him two years ago. His idea of a Tapas Life is a practical way to transition to retirement in a gradual fashion.
Andrew Robin joins us from San Francisco.
Andrew Robin was born in Chicago and raised in Mexico City. He holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Harvard University. Andy was an entrepreneur with his dad in the computer industry in the early ‘70s in Mexico City (his dad moved the family there from Chicago to pursue an opportunity). He was in the semiconductor industry for 22 years (at Mostek, Monolithic Memories, AMD, and Lattice), mostly in marketing, but also as a general manager, and most recently as VP of New Business Ventures. He was a house dad from 2002 to 2007 until his wife Carole and Andy’s youngest went off to college.Today he retains the duties of shopping/cooking, household maintenance, travel planning, and finances. He also plays a lot of classical piano, some golf, enjoyed 6 years on the Board and Executive Committee of his large synagogue (Congregation Beth Am of Los Altos Hills), where he was also co-chair of raising an endowment, was part-time CEO of a promising tech start-up for 6 years (and remains on the Board), is an Executive Coach and Life Coach, serves on the Board of a foundation in Palo Alto and a NYC hedge fund and enjoys day-trips, lectures, and concerts around the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
He wrote Tapas Life to do some good for others.
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On Building a Tapas Life
“So the basics and then like I did with piano, start doing something you love. What’s something you always wanted to do? Maybe it’s something you did as a teen and loved it, or in college and loved it. What if you went back to that? Or what if you have some friends who have some hobbies or things they do and you’ve always admired or maybe even been a little jelly of ’em and maybe it’s a chance to try some of those things yourself. It doesn’t matter if you try it and you’re crappy at it. There’s no downside here. It’s not like because you tried it and it didn’t work out you can’t pay your mortgage and feed your family. There’s no cost. It’s a great time of life.”
On Failing Fast
“You can do the big fail. It doesn’t matter. In that case, you just mine it for learning. Okay, Well I learned it. I didn’t like that here. Well, here’s the parts of it I did like. Here’s the parts I didn’t like. And that’ll inform the next thing you do. But when you take on something new at this age, don’t expect to be a world champion at it in 10 minutes. Be prepared to have to invest some time in it and work at it. My first four years of piano lessons were pretty tough and now I’m 19 years in and I’m pretty good at it. And it’s just sheer joy. After those four years, it got progressively easier and more enjoyable. And so it was a big investment upfront. But man, I love it. It need not just be one. You can try one thing, You can try two things. If you like it, do more of it. If you don’t like it, let it go. Try something else. It is a new phase and and you have the time for it too, right? Unlike your busy years and your salad days ,as Shakespeare put it, what else are you gonna do? You’ve got some time to invest in it.”
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Joe Casey is an executive coach who also helps people design their next life after their primary career. He created his own next chapter after a twenty-six-year career at Merrill Lynch, where he was Senior Vice President and Head of HR for Global Markets & Investment Banking. Today, in addition to his work with clients, Joe hosts The Retirement Wisdom Podcast, which thanks to his guests and loyal listeners, ranks in the top 1 % globally in popularity by Listen Notes. Business Insider has recognized him as one of 23 innovative coaches who are making a difference. He’s the author of Win the Retirement Game: How to Outsmart the 9 Forces Trying to Steal Your Joy.