You’ve probably spent your life thinking that by the time you reach “a certain age” you’ll have it all together.
But sometimes the path you want to follow just gets more confusing…. Where you thought there’d be a pathway in front of you there is just crazy paving!
Life is too short to keep living a life that isn’t right for you anymore. Maybe you know you need to make a change but life circumstances make it difficult to do anything right now. But you can use this time to plan your next move so when the time is right you can start living life the way you want to.
It’s easy to think that right now older people who want to work are disadvantaged. The government says we should expect to work until we are 70, but most people who have tried to find work after they turned 50 would agree that it is not easy.
Yet we live in a time when it is common to reinvent yourself in a new career, and when anyone with the right niche and strategies can build an online business.
But knowing what is the right thing for YOU to do is your burning question. It’s all good to know that it’s possible…but is it possible for YOU?
David and I have reinvented ourselves a few times over our working life. He moved from construction to civil construction over the course of his employment, with a gap in the middle as a property developer. I have transitioned from teacher to school resource centre manager to career counsellor. Along the way we both developed an interest in having a business that would bring in an income in our retirement, while retaining a great retirement lifestyle.
We now work online developing this blog site, assisting people to reinvent themselves from their previous occupation to business owners. People are creating lifestyle businesses using their skills and experience but enhancing that with new learnings and skills.
When I mention that we are both working online, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration! As I write this post I’m working at the business while David is sailing around the Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, with plans to be back home by mid November. Is he working while he is away? Not one bit! I think he has a business book to read with him, but that’s really just for interest. I’m joining him on the boat soon for a week or two. Will I be working? Well yes, a little, but I don’t think of writing blog posts as “work”, more “self-expression” that I’d be doing anyway.
Why am I telling you this? Because it is important to know that you also can have a hybrid retirement lifestyle…a bit of work, a lot of lifestyle. It’s just a matter of knowing how you want to live your life, then finding the best way that will enable you to do this.