Preparing For Takeoff

Earlier this week, my oldest brother announced to his organization that he will be retiring next February. He’s the top dog at his company, so he needed to give his board plenty of notice to plan for a leadership transition.

It’s is exciting news for him and it will be a big lifestyle change. I often joke that I didn’t find out how truly Type A that I was until I didn’t have anything to do, but I think he already knows he is pretty Type A!

Some people adjust to retirement life very quickly, but everyone can benefit from ‘prepping for takeoff’ a bit. I wrote the following post about 7 months before I retired with thoughts on getting ready for the change:

Post: Six Ways To Prepare For Your Retirement Lifestyle

In the post, I recommended Ernie Zelinski’s fun book, ‘How To Retire, Happy, Wild, & Free’. I found that book very helpful to start planning things out in advance. I wrote another post – with about 6 months to go to retirement- with the broad outline of our lifestyle plan the book helped me develop.

Post: 10 Plans To Live Happy, Wild, & Free

Even though I haven’t re-read that post in several years, it largely describes the the retirement life that we live today at a high level.

As Ernie – who has left comments here a few times – often says, there is more to planning retirement than just the financial considerations. I found the last year of working a great time to apply my planning skills to putting to paper the lifestyle J wanted to create.

What Advice Do You Share With People Getting Prepped For The Lifestyle Switch Into Retirement?

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4 thoughts on “Preparing For Takeoff

  1. First, Chief, congrats to your brother. And for this life transition, he couldn’t ask for a better brother than you to come alongside him with help and encouragement. My advice to friends and family considering “retirement” is to ask themselves: “Why am I doing this?” The answer(s) can lead to more questions intended to enable life-change. As you know, I prefer the conception of “rewirement” for life after work-for-money. Once hopes, goals, and expectations are clarified, we can rewire ourselves for success.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, John – You are too kind, as always. My answer to your “retirement” question is simply that it is a big, wonderful world and I want to live as much of it as I can. It’s not particularly focused, but it works.

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  2. Remember back when you were 18 and had endless things you wanted to do, but money got in the way. Now you have the time and money to do them.

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