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1 month ago

Fear of Retirement

Royce Shook · The following is from a survey of over 1,000 Americans by Zety (an online Career site) · Conclusion · Fear of retirement is real. For many people, it trumps even the fear of death or illness. And like other fears and anxieties, much of it is driven by uncertainty. · Our research ...

1 month ago

Ready or Not, Retirement is coming

Royce Shook · Are you ready for retirement? I thought I was, but I was not, and I went back to work for eight more years because I loved it and hoped to do it forever. But after eight years of full retirement, I love my job and I hope to do it forever (or at least another 19 years). · When I f ...

5 months ago

Retirement a major life transition

Royce Shook · Retirement is a major life course transition for which some people plan more than others. As planning positively affects the adjustments you have to make when you retire, understanding that planning to have enough money is important is not the only thing that is important. When p ...

5 months ago

Opportunity knocks

Royce Shook · Planning for retirement is not just about looking forward to freedom and building a new life, it is also about looking back over your most brilliant successes, stunning comebacks, amazing catches, and smoking' ideas. · We all have had these events in our lives, our careers, our r ...

8 months ago

Scrooge changed can you?

Royce Shook · Retired or thinking of it planning is a key to a successful retirement. If you are retiring it means you have been working, and for many, we carry around an equation that says, my job or my ability at my job is equivalent to my worth. This is not true; your worth is derived from ...

9 months ago

Retirement is not just about numbers

Royce Shook · “The three components of happiness are something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.” – Gordon Livingston · Retirement isn’t just about the numbers (have I saved enough, how much can I spend). It’s a new chapter in your life that can last 30 years or more. ...

9 months ago

Retiring Soon?

Royce Shook · The odds are that if you are retiring soon, (within the next 10 to 15 years) you have not saved enough money to fully retire with the lifestyle you are used to when you were working. Most older Americans and Canadians have not saved enough for retirement, but there are signs that ...

10 months ago

Volunteer: Do not retire from life.

Royce Shook · I was reading a blog post at “Senior Chatters” which is a website for seniors out of Britain. In the post was the following: · If you are bogged down with the thought of retirement, volunteer somewhere. Read to the blind, visit nursing homes, and talk to tenants at a senior citiz ...

1 year ago

Thinking of Retirement, consider the following

Royce Shook · "A goal without a plan is just a wish,” Antoine de Saint-Exupery. As you approach your retirement you should consider your situation and ask if it changed due to marriage, divorce, children or career? If so, and even if not, this is a good time to examine your progress and your g ...

1 year ago

Vulnerability and retirement

Royce Shook · Feeling vulnerable could be part of the brain’s survival design, triggering the fight or flight response which once protected us from danger. And there is research that shows that some of us are genetically more inclined to feel vulnerable than others. So, if you are wired to fee ...

1 year ago

Paths to Retirement

Royce Shook · When I retired in 2006, I returned to work almost at once. I was at odds with what was the norm for people retiring. Traditionally, workers transitioned from full-time work to full and permanent retirement. Since about 2006, my retirement was a process, often occurring in a serie ...

1 year ago

Easing into retirement

Royce Shook · Before I retired, I did not think too much about what retirement would mean. My wife after a profoundly serious brain operation and a year-long recovery decided to retire. She told me she was going to retire and so I put in my one-month notice so I would retire at the same time a ...

1 year ago

What Boomers want in retirement 2

Royce Shook · The authors are clear, however, that one size does not fit all. They divide us into four categories, which may help us understand how society may change. · There are “Ageless Explorers, who see retirement as a time of opportunity, adventure, exploration, and personal reinvention ...

1 year ago

Paths to Retirement

Royce Shook · In a report issued in 2010 called Ageing in the 21st Century, a group looked at paths people are taking to retirement. Here is some of what the report says · Traditionally, workers transitioned from full- time work to full and permanent retirement. Increasingly, retirement is a p ...

1 year ago

How Old is Old?

Royce Shook · 65 Years old is still young! · How old is old? World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared that 65 years old is still considered young. Before, based on the Friendly Societies Act (1875) in Britain, old was defined by the age of 50. The UN has not adopted a standard criterion bu ...

1 year ago

Are we ready for retirement, short answer NO

Royce Shook · In 2018, the Investors Education group looked at the state of U.S. financial capability and took a look at the issue of retirement. Here is some of what they discovered: · Only 19% of those with incomes under $25,000 have tried to plan for retirement, compared to 62% of those wit ...

1 year ago

Coping with retirement

Royce Shook · You are going to retire now or one day in the very near future. Retiring is scary for some; I know it was for me. To cope I was lucky enough to go back to work, but many do not have that opportunity. It took me over 7 years from the time I retired until I started to appreciate my ...

2 years ago

“What do you want to do when you retire”?

Royce Shook · Before I retired, I had dreams of doing nothing, or travelling or just spending time with friends. I have done a few of those things, but I have also done some things that were not even on my radar when I thought about retirement. I give workshops, I mentor, I am on three advisor ...

2 years ago

Saving for retirement in the gig economy

Royce Shook · Saving for retirement in the new economic reality will be hard. The new “gig economy” consists of freelancers, part-time workers, independent contractors, and the self-employed. It’s estimated that more than 40 percent of workers are no longer salaried employees and that this per ...

2 years ago

Phases of Retirement

Royce Shook · Over the next few posts, I am going to look at the Phases of Retirement. The first post will define the phases, the next few will examine what happens in each phase. · Definitions of Phases · Individuals in the Independent Phase of later life have no physical limitations. · In ...

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