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Welcome to a new season of The Retirement Wisdom Podcast! We’ll be delving into eight building blocks of a satisfying life in retirement this year with new conversations to help you retire smarter.
In my work as a coach, I see many people get stuck trying to find a new purpose in retirement. Some transition with a new driving force in their life post-full time work. But I’m seeing many others finding a different path forward. Rather than searching for a singular new purpose, they’re crafting what I call a Multipurpose Retirement focusing on multiple dimensions of life, not just one.
And they’re discovering something interesting. They’ve always been multidimensional. As our previous guest Helen Dennis, co-author of Project Renewment, highlighted you’ve always been much more than your business card. But some things were deferred or deprioritized given the real demands of careers. But this next phase offers a golden opportunity to reset, recharge and redesign how you invest your time now that you’ll more freedom and flexibility.
But how do you manage the transition? What works is learning more, choosing areas of focus and experimenting. Previous guest Dave Evans, co-author of Designing Your Life, pointed out that you don’t need to figure everything out in advance. There are advantages to “iterating your way forward.”
Dr. Barbara O’Neill, author of Flipping a Switch, introduced us to the idea that retirement is actually a graduation – from the world of full-time work. But just as you graduated earlier in life, your learning did stop at graduation. And it’s the same with retirement.
We’ll be learning more about four “Core Course” topics that can lay a strong foundation for your next phase:
- Wellness – including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
- Learning – how lifelong learning offers multiple benefits.
- Relationships – enhancing your key relationships and social connections.
- Fun – making time for play and things you truly enjoy (and they may be new pursuits).
If you get these four areas going well, you’ll be well-positioned for the life you’ve been working toward.
And we’ll also be exploring “Elective Course” topics that can further enhance and invigorate your next chapters:
- Service – things you do for others and the greater good.
- Creativity – in daily life and artistic pursuits.
- Work – (Yes, work. ) Paid work on your own terms (part-time or consulting for some, or an encore career for others ) is a part of many great next chapters today. But it may be important projects (paid or unpaid) that you choose to take on.
- Personal Growth – you don’t stop growing when you retire – unless you retreat…
For many people, investing in one, and more, of these areas can bolster the years ahead.
Join us as we learn more about this areas in 2020.
Thanks for listening.
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About The Retirement Wisdom Podcast
I help people who are retiring, but aren’t quite done yet, discover what’s next and build their custom version of The Multipurpose Retirement.™A meaningful retirement doesn’t just happen by accident. It takes more than a vision.
Schedule a call today to discuss how The Designing Your Life process created by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans can help you make your life in retirement a great one on your own terms.
About Your Podcast Host
Joe Casey is an executive coach who also helps people design their next life after their primary career and create their version of The Multipurpose Retirement.™ 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, with over 1 million downloads. Business Insider has recognized Joe 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