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WHAT? ME RETIRE?

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 20, 2013

BRYCE ON RETIREMENT

– Not any time soon for me, if ever.

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When you listen to the commercials by financial planners on television, you get the impression life begins only after you retire. They claim, “It’s now your time to enjoy life.” From this perspective, one would assume everyone hates their job, and to continue working is madness. As I approach 60 people ask me when I’m going to retire. I am bewildered by such questions. What am I supposed to do, sit around and play golf 24/7? Not bloody likely.

When people proudly proclaim to me they have retired early, I send them my condolences. I guess I am one of those rare birds who happen to like what they do and cannot imagine doing anything else. I have an illustrator friend in Cincinnati that I’ve known since high school. We’ve discussed this issue many times. He cannot image not being able to perform his craft, and I cannot imagine not being able to write or offer advice in a consulting capacity. Retirement would be like chopping off both our hands. Both my friend and I would rather blow our brains out than surrender to retirement.

I can see slowing down a bit as the 5:00am wake up is getting a bit old, but I enjoy my work and cannot imagine life without it. I should mention that Bryces tend to work until we drop. I have never known a Bryce to willfully retire. It’s not in our DNA I guess.

As I do some of my work at home early in the morning, people wonder why I shower and get dressed for business. It’s called discipline. I may be a bit groggy early in the morning, but as I shower my mind is thinking about the coming day and what I have to accomplish. I know it might be a foreign concept to some, but my work stimulates me.

Many people do not feel this way though. I believe those people anxious for retirement generally do not like their job. Either that or they have squirreled away so much money, they are bound and determined to spend it all. Even if I had more money than I require, I would still need to feel productive. I’ve heard stories about people who hit the lottery, only to burn through the money and be destitute again. Even if I hit the lotto, you wouldn’t find me on the golf links. Instead, I would probably breath a sign of relief, pop open a bottle of champagne, and go back to work.

I believe it is important we should all lead a worthy and meaningful life. We have to have purpose. As such, I firmly believe our professional life is an extension of our personal life. To my point of view, severing one from the other is very much a true amputation. This is why I say, “What? Me Retire?” No, don’t look for me to play Mahjong until the Grim Reaper comes along. I’ve got things to do.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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9 Responses to “WHAT? ME RETIRE?”

  1. Alton Walston said

    I retired from my job, only to move into something else. I go to work every day even though it is not a paying position. Work adda nobility to life and without work there is no life. Far too many of my friends have retired and are no longer with us. Death comes easily to those who quit and sit by the way side.

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    A T.M. of Norwood, Massachusetts wrote…

    “And take the fun out of the hunt for new ideas and the joy of the success of a project, a program, etc…

    “To lead a social and active life, the better part of the work of God, and he that would so demean himself as to not be contributing to the common stock of knowledge and understanding…”

    These old words speak in the present not the past.

    Merry Christmas and a great New Year.”

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    A W.A. of the Dominican Republic wrote…

    “Ok, Ok Tim. I have to disagree with you on this one. Having worked in the printing business (owning my own company for 18 years, although I grew up in a printing family and worked in the business with my grandfather and father since 8 years old) at age 62 and severe back problems, although still mobile, I knew that retirement at 62 was for me. I thank God everyday that I did. I was able to start an in-home business a year before retirement and did very well in that, but at age 67 I was done with all the hassles of “work” per se. I put work in parenthesis because I never looked at my in-home as work, but pure enjoyment. My wife and I love our life here together and all that this country has to offer. The mountains (up to 10,500 ft) and the Ocean, a 15 minute walk the other direction. We love our 1/3rd the size home from our home in Tarpon that we built, the getting rid of “stuff” that we no longer needed, driving an 11 year old Suzuki SUV instead of the 1 year old beautiful and loaded Nissan Murano that we had, the making of wonderful Dominican friends etc. etc. So, you really don’t need to send me condolences. But maybe in a few years, I will send you mine, as when I was your age, I felt exactly the same.”

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  4. sirchristiantheheck@reagan.com said

    I TOTALLY AGREE, my sentiments exactly.

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  5. Francis Dryden said

    This is probably the first and hopefully the last time I will ever think that you are right out to lunch on this one Tim… all the Bryces before you had to work ’til they dropped but I have my doubts that this is the case with you. As you might remember, I retired about 6 years ago and retired to Mexico 2 years ago. Down there (I say that because right now I am in Canada doing my Santa Claus gig for the 6 weeks ending Christmas Eve and flying back to Mexico on Christmas Day) I really can’t see how I ever had time to work!… I am secretary of both the Lodge and the Shrine Club, sit on the Board of Trustees for a $3.5 million Peso endowment fund, play music in clubs 3 or 4 nights a week, write a Masonic newsletter, write a weekly entertainment guide, go out to dinner 3 or 4 times a week, enjoy my wife and puppies and have yet to have time to play a round of golf!… but then you are only “approaching 60” and I am nudging hell out of 72. Much fuller life style now than I had slugging it out in the trenches when I was approaching 60.

    By the way… Lake Chapala, Mexico has the second best climate on earth and I am pretty sure my money will last longer than my life… too much more, I made a mistake! lol

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