You've had a rich and varied career filled with achievements and monetary rewards, and now you plan to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. This is the golden time you've been waiting for, and you're looking forward to exploring new hobbies and spending more time with friends and family. But after a few months of much-needed rest and relaxation, you're bored. You value your new freedom yet feel like you are stagnating as you spend your time reading the news, playing tennis, or puttering around the house – you realize that you like being in the game, not on the sidelines. Maybe it's time to retire from retirement?
A while back, I was playing in a charity golf tournament with Harry and Jim, and they both told me they had tried to retire a couple of times. Harry explained, “You know, I retired once already and I am having to figure out how I can retire again. We have over a hundred employees and other businesses counting on the work we do.”
When Harry retired the first time, in his late 50s, he thought he would start a small consulting firm and maybe hire a couple of people to support his work. As luck would have it, the business took off. Not one to miss an opportunity, he kept growing the company and now has offices around the world, and is busy traveling and working 50- and 60-hour weeks, not something he had expected to be doing in his mid-70s.
There are people who enjoy working long hours, even in their late 60s and 70s. But sometimes ...