I was just wrapping up my long day when a good celebrity chef friend of mine sent me a strange text out of the blue. We haven’t seen each other for about three years. It was I thought going to be a typical conversation of updating one another with news about work, family and stuff. But it was a little different this time.
As usual, my excitement with my new projects had me sharing all the good stuff that is happening. It’s the thing that excites me a lot. To date, I am still very excited to go to work and is always looking forward to creating and making things happen. After all the wonderful stories that I told him via text messages, he said something that stopped me from replying right away.
” I hope you are doing something for yourself. You deserve it.”
That kind of shook me a bit.
Why? Am I not doing something for myself? I really think I am compensated and treated very well. I am happy and I feel like I’ve accomplished something already. I like pushing myself to do more.
So I said, “I’m pretty cool, chef.” And he said, “just reminding you that you can’t do that all the time. You need something that you should call your own eventually.”
A few minutes later I found myself driving home minus the usual music on the background. My mind wandered to some places. I was driving with my eyes on the road but my mind elsewhere, thinking 5 years ahead, maybe ten. My good friend got me thinking. I got a few savings and little investments here and there but will that see me through when I stop working? What would it be like when I start losing my curly hair?
That story was a few years ago. I think I learned something there. So if you notice me shamelessly working on some stuff that has nothing to do with my present job but neither compromises what I currently do, you know that good ol’ Ed is just building and solidifying his future and laying down the paths to another facet in life, retirement.
It will be foolish to end your career and you haven’t prepared for it.
So what’s up when you are nearing fifty and you haven’t planned something for yourself going into your retirement? Not too late, dude.
Got two important tips. Get yourself a good financial advisor and discuss your financial or retirement plans and perhaps, work on something that could give you a passive income without slaving yourself to death.
As we’ve been told, the best way to predict your future is to create it.
To your success,