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The Shift

If you only want to watch one movie to glean valuable lessons on retirement, watch this one. Especially if you are currently still embroiled in the ‘rat race’.

This film is adapted from the book of the same name by the late Wayne Dyer, who passed away in 2015. It is set in an interesting resort in California where Dyer goes to work on a new book. A film crew is coming to shoot an interview with Dyer. He notices the hyper-aggressive style of the Director, and chooses to share some of his wisdom and lessons learned about how to live your best life. The lessons are amplified by the stories of guests and staff as the film unfolds.

The main point of the film is that through mid-life the primary focus of many people is achievement. We strive to establish a career and achieve success and we’re surrounded by people and systems that encourage and reward those pursuits. However, at a certain point in life, which comes at different points for different people, there is a pivot. Success, as our society defines it, isn’t enough. There’s a shift to valuing significance over achievement. For some people, that means focusing less on ourselves and more on others. Less on achieving and more on contributing. Dyer had a great expression “Don’t die with your music still inside you” that captures it well.

At the same time the movie is not preachy about pursuing success. It just makes the case that it’s not the only thing – there’s much more to life. And that realization can come slowly – or not at all.

If you’re beginning to think about your life after your primary career, I’d highly recommend this film. It’s well-done and both entertaining and educational.

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