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Retirement advice

I hate it when I write like I’m giving sage advice about aging.

Yet, for today, I can’t help it. Another friend has retired without thinking through the consequences of leaving a career before figuring out what comes next.

Based on a sample size of around 20, here are the biggest blunders I’ve observed:

1. “I’ll play golf.”

With a few spectacular exceptions, golf is not a full-time endeavor. Weekend golfers turn out to be, at best, weekend golfers. More golf gets old in a hurry.

2. “I’ll spend more time with my spouse and grandkids.”

I recommend you check that your spouse and grandkids want to spend more time with you before you turn in your retirement papers.

3. “I’ll write a book.” My less ambitious friends say, “I’ll read a book.”

Most of my friends use books to decorate their bookshelves. People need a real passion to write a book, and it doesn’t come from “I don’t have anything else to do.”

So regardless of the joyous photos of retirement that AARP puts in its magazine, retirement is a huge life change. It can be great but only if you plan wisely.

Author: Don Kuhl

Don Kuhl is founder of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® He has authored hundreds of Journals that have assisted over 10 million people in making positive life changes. While Don was aging (think of a side of beef at a fine restaurant), he managed motel properties, started several sports publications, worked in college and health care administrations and started about a dozen corporations. Some of them failed miserably, a few flourished.