I feel passionate about what I do, and it feels like something other than work. I’m playing purposefully. And that keeps me going, even when things get tough.
But it all comes down to the alignment between passion and purpose.
So, if there’s one thing I can say to people who want to create a life of self-fulfillment, it is to find your alignment and never abandon it. This is the key to working forever.
You have the gift of momentum and greater creativity when you love to work. One is constantly looking for new ways to improve one’s work. Passion brings purpose and pride. Power and resilience go hand in hand. Passionate people also tend to be more resilient in keeping going even when the going gets tough. Passion for one’s work provides a source of motivation that helps one get through difficult times with enthusiasm. Enthusiasm allows one to stay focused and keep going, even when things get tough.
With increased confidence and commitment, you can make your business thrive. However, it is essential to remember that you should always balance passion with practicality. This way, you can stay on track and get the most out of your work.
Our perspective changes when we think of our career in terms of 50, 75, or 100 years, each year getting better and better at what we do. Instead, we consider each year a building block toward something more significant. There are so many opportunities to move up the ladder. We can look at our work and see how we can improve it.
Our past and our present define our life. What we have done and what we do will directly determine what we do in the future. So, do the things that matter.
Take actions that mean working for something bigger than yourself and make an effort to collaborate with colleagues or engage in activities outside of work. There we can meet other bright people and build meaningful relationships.
Leaning on social security is an idea of the past. We are past the point of retirement when we are passionate about building our dream in any field. More than earning a living, making a life worth living.
Family, friends, and relationships are invaluable, so reserve time for these connections. However, the real magic happens when you combine your passions with meaningful work!
Many of us, even most, will still chase retirement. But for those who have reached a point where there is alignment between passion and career, you may find that those people are already as retired as they want to be.
What if my retirement plan is “never retire”?
These are all valid questions, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. For some people, retirement makes perfect sense – But for others, early retirement is not necessarily the best choice. Why stop if you love what you do and it satisfies you? Continuing to work can give her a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Personally (I’m in my 60s), I want to work for another 30 years if I’m lucky. So when I watch commercials that show people not much older than me “planning for retirement,” I don’t envy them. They scare me. I don’t want to be put out to pasture.
But most Entrepreneurs don’t physically work anymore, it’s a thing of the past, and we live in a time when many of us can extend our careers indefinitely. So why would I want to stop this? One of the positive aspects of being an entrepreneur is that you can constantly learn and grow while still enjoying the benefits of seniority. So as long as I am healthy, my mind is sharp, and motivated, why would I want to stop?
So yes, I want to work until the end. So let’s see where this journey will take me!
Is there a retirement age if we love what we do? Although I get tired of helping entrepreneurs from time to time, there is nothing else I would instead do. I have many hobbies, but none fulfill my life’s purpose, like creating more Entrepreneurs.
Imagine what you love doing most and now imagine someone telling you that you should spend every ounce of energy to stop doing it. How picturesque! If all we can think about is not working anymore, are we doing what we should be? And if not, is it impossible to believe that it cannot change over time? Why can’t our goal be to convert our passions into long-term careers?
Of course, it is not all sunshine and roses. It takes a lot of hard work to become an expert at something. Still, retirement can be a small piece of the puzzle if you are passionate enough about something and give it your all. So wait to limit your retirement dreams: with the proper alignment, you may never want to retire! One final note: retirement is essential to consider. It is wise to think about your future and plan for when it will arrive.
So remember that if you have a great passion for something, keep age from defining how much longer you can work. Instead, let age fuel your motivation and create something extraordinary while there is still time. Then retirement will no longer be a concern. I did not choose to work forever because I needed the money. I have enough resources to do any reasonable thing I want in life.
But what fulfills me is working on something that aligns with my passion. That’s why I keep showing up every day, even after 45 years in business.
An old saying goes, “Find something you love to do, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” That’s how I feel about my journey.
But what fulfills me is working on something that aligns with my passion. That’s why I continue to show up every day, even after 45 years in the business.
– Pierantonio Idini