The Importance of Ending Well

One of the benefits of ending your career well is the continuation of relationships with work colleagues.  The Gallup organization calls this “having a best friend at work” and scores it as a very critical factor in your work engagement.

I think this can also be true for your retirement engagement.  I have seen so many people “hang on” too long before they retire, whether it be in sports, in business, in education, in politics, and many other endeavors.  When they finally retire, the welcome back mat is also retired.  They had to be dragged out, nudged out, or bought out to get them to leave.

This was not the case for me and I believe it has allowed me to continue strong relationships with many former work colleagues.  Just in the past two weeks, I connected with about two dozen people I used to work with on three separate trips to the office.  This past week I had dinner with my former boss, friend and colleague in from San Francisco.  I also had breakfast with one of the two people who replaced me (did I mention it took two people to replace me?).  Both reconnections with these friends from work were enjoyable and uplifting and a blessing even now in this new chapter of my life.

I believe Gallup has it right, and even more reason to end well and stay connected with friends from work as you transition from one chapter to the next.


A Boomer In Transition

God Prepares Us for New Assignments

This seems to happen more frequently to me than in the past, or maybe I am just more in tune and aware, but I see the connections now between past experiences and new assignments in my life.  This past week was a good example.

I mentioned in a previous post that I am doing academic advising this semester in addition to my teaching duties.  Early this past week, I got an urgent email from a student who was not signed up for any classes for the semester starting in less than three weeks.  We exchanged emails, I talked to him on the phone, and then it became apparent that we needed to get together face to face to figure this out.  If this would have happened several years ago, I would have been angry with this student for not getting this taken care of sooner and frankly I would have wondered if the student was even worth my time.  Because of experiences of the past couple of years, I was able to be firm, yet compassionate and get him signed up for a reasonably good schedule given the lateness of the effort.  More importantly, I was able to give him advice and a path forward to give him an opportunity to be successful this coming semester.

I am sure that this will be just the beginning of a semester of investing in this student.  Thankfully, I have seen enough short term returns for investing in young people to help me be motivated to keep investing for the long run.

As I sit in the quiet of the early morning, I am thankful that God prepares us for new assignments and challenges and allows us to use those experiences to help make a difference in whatever we are called to do.


A Boomer In Transition

Car Fever

I have had new car fever for about 2 months now.  The fever seems to get very high for a few days, then cools off for a couple of days, only to come right back.

Since I retired, I have given at least half a dozen financial literacy/financial budgeting type classes, and one of the concepts I always discuss is “needs vs wants.”

Do I “need” a new car? No.  Do I “want” a new car? Yes.

Do we always follow our own advice? No.

It is important in retirement to keep some financial flexibility so that one can succumb to various fevers now and then, such as new car fever, without the retirement plan becoming derailed.

Will this new car change my life? No.  Will I miss my truck? Yes.

Who thinks I am going to buy a new car anyway?


A Boomer In Transition (with new car fever)