There are moments or experiences that make you reassess your life. For John and Mandy Ahern it came from a 400-day trip across Europe and into Africa in an old campervan with their two young children. It changed how they thought about life.
If your 18-year-old self could see you now, what would he/she think? Would your 18-year-old-self recognise you? Be proud of you? See him/her self in you—or not recognise you at all?
In the last Australian Federal Budget, an amendment to the taxation law will allow eligible Australians over the age of 65 to sell their existing home and put up to $300,000 of the proceeds into superannuation. While it’s pleasing to see tax relief built into the system, there haven’t been any changes to regulations concerning the Age or Service Pension. This means that only some people will be able to take full advantage of the new rules. Some could be worse off financially.
These days, Australians are more aware of the damaging effects of the sun than they have ever been. However, we may have taken the ‘slip slop slap’ message a little too seriously. Covering up, slapping on the sunscreen and staying away from sunlight completely may just have its own risks—we’re talking about vitamin D!
Two stories tell of different approaches to retirement. In this podcast we talk about Brenda who refuses to retire and Anne who retired and has become busy volunteering. What will your retirement look like?
There’s more evidence of growth in the number of those returning to the workforce after retirement. Recent research shows that up to a quarter of retired Britons are ‘unretiring’ (their word) and going back into the workforce.
There’s a rule within journalism that a report is considered complete if the 5W questions are answered. The 5Ws are: who; what; where; when; and why. You can adapt the same questions for your retirement planning.
Everyone leaves a legacy—for good or bad. It’s how we’re remembered. But a legacy can be grown. It can be a deliberate, planned, and purposeful thing.
In their book, Refire! Don’t Retire, Ken Blanchard (best known for his books about management—including The One Minute Manager) and Morton Shaevitz define ‘refiring’ as: ‘Adopting an attitude of embracing the years ahead with enthusiasm rather than apathy.’
In their book, Ikigai, Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles reveal that the Japanese don’t have a word for ‘leaving the workforce for good’ (retirement). In fact, ‘having a purpose for life is so important in Japanese culture that our idea of retirement simply doesn’t exist.’