Most of us are looking forward to retirement. When that day finally arrives, what’s next?
Do you know someone who has recently retired and is struggling with lack of purpose?
How do you make the rest of your life meaningful and impactful?
Bestselling author Ken Blanchard of The One Minute Manager and psychologist Dr. Morton Shaevitz don’t believe in chance meetings. When they met on a flight from San Diego to New York, the two discussed the issues of aging. Instead of the “best years are behind us” approach they decided to write a book about making life in your later years more meaningful than ever.
“Retiring suggests shutting down. Refiring means engaging in life.” -@DrMHShaevitz
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Morton Shaevitz about the new book Refire! Don’t Retire: Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life.
Many people think “retirement” is the happy destination. Your new bookRefire! Don’t Retire gives different advice. What does it mean to refire?
Refiring is a process where the primary focus is not on career advancement, financial gain, or specific types of achievements, but rather, healthy living, warm and significant relationships, continued learning and cognitive growth, vitality and meaningful involvement, and the development of a personal sense of spirituality. Retiring suggests shutting down. Refiring means engaging in life.
- You start with “refiring emotionally.” Why is that first?
There isn’t any particular reason this was first, but being socially isolated has been shown to contribute to emotional and physical decline. So that makes it a good jumping off point. Identifying those people who are meaningful in our lives, building stronger connections, reaching out to new people, opening up, and getting close can also sometimes help to establish a good foundational support system for your refiring process.