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WHY WE SLOW DOWN

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 13, 2016

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Is it because we cannot perform a task like we did when we were younger?

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I have found the study of the aging process to be interesting; somewhat annoying, but interesting nevertheless. Last year I wrote a column titled, “Slowing Down,” (June 5, 2015) where I made the observation we slow down, not necessarily because of our physical prowess, but because we become more sensitive to our limitations and smarter in terms of their use.

I would like to amend my premise slightly, as we can blame a certain degree of physicality for slowing us down. Consider this; when we’re young, we’re faster, stronger, and more coordinated. However, as we get older we find we cannot perform tasks as rapidly as we could before, e.g., we cannot multitask as we did in our youth. For example, I prize myself on the speed by which I use a computer, but I recognize I’m slowing down a bit by becoming more cautious in my execution as I despise making a mistake and having to re-do something. Whereas we used to have a good reaction time, now we occasionally drop things. And this irritates us to no end.

Inevitably, this irritation causes us to rethink what we are doing and, instead of making ourselves angry, we decide to slow down a bit. Whereas we could handle the pressure more easily in our youth, now we tend to become grumpy and cantankerous when we cannot.

Recently, I found myself slowing down just for this purpose. Instead of becoming obsessed with a task I was working on, I decided to step back, take a breath, and slowed down. In other words, we slow down in order to maintain our sanity.

Maybe this is why older people tend to drive in the right lane when they are on the Interstate highway. It’s irritating when they refuse to get out of the left lane. This is a matter of not admitting you’re growing older.

Recognizing this, maybe I was right with my original premise that we do get smarter as we get older. Maybe there is truth in the old Dutch proverb, “We get too soon old and too late smart.”

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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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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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