In my last couple of newsletters I seem to have focused on where retirement can go wrong, so I would like to tell you something positive this time. I mentioned previously that I have been spending much of my time recently preparing my online course.
My course is based on the premise that we can choose how we want our retirement to look. I have called it “Make Retirement Work for You.” The objective is to help you plan for meaning and a sense of purpose in your retirement. In the course, I take you through a series of exercises that will lead up to finding what the Japanese refer to as Ikigai, your reason for living. I like to call it your reason for getting up in the morning!
In summary, Ikigai is that sweet spot where all 4 of the following overlap:
- What I love doing
- What I am good at
- What the world needs
- What I can be paid for
With retirees I take the word ‘pay’ in its broadest sense, that is, it is not only about money, but we can also be rewarded with gratitude, passion, a sense of contribution or even accomplishment.
Many do not ever achieve this throughout their working lives. But in retirement when you are supplementing your retirement income and not beavering away to build your investments for retirement, most of us have more flexibility to choose what it is we really feel passionate about. I am not saying it is necessarily easy or smoothe sailing, but to immerse yourself in doing what really has meaning for you, and fulfils all 4 of the above, can be very rewarding.
I was very fortunate to have one job in my 40’s which hit that sweet spot. I never felt like I was going to work I enjoyed it so much.
If you would like to take this journey yourself, you can follow this link to find out more about my course