Retirement Guys: Want success? Read thisWritten by Nolan Baker Mark Clair | | firstname.lastname@example.org
As The Retirement Guys, our mission is to help as many people as we can be financially independent so they might live a happy, productive and successful life as they approach or are in the so-called “retirement years.” Yet, are we really intended to retire? Many have the view of retirement as rest from the weariness caused by getting out of bed and getting it done each day. Sitting on the couch becomes a reward for the many years of hard work and sacrifice. Believe me, I (Mark) like my couch more and more. I find myself looking forward to sitting there to recharge my batteries so that I can get up and do it again. Yet, I don’t want to sit there too long. If I do, I might never get back up. As the saying goes, “Use it or lose it.”
I was fortunate enough recently to be invited to a spiritual retreat called “The Great Banquet.” It was a group of men who, for three days, were cut off from the world to focus on our personal relationships with our Creator. It was exciting, invigorating, stressful and emotionally touching all at the same time. It was stressful in that we had no contact with family members for three days and we had to adjust from our normal daily routine and go with the flow. Most of all, it was inspiring. A series of talks was given on the elements of a successful spiritual life. I was bowled over by the conviction and message of each speaker who truly spoke from their hearts.
The interesting thing is that some of the principles shared went along in a way with what I had recently read in an old book by W. Clement Stone. Mr. Stone was a rags-to-riches story way back in the day and shared in his books his personal system for success.
The elements of his system are similar to what The Retirement Guys have been sharing with clients for some time from a business perspective, and also similar to what was shared at “The Great Banquet” from a spiritual perspective. They are: 1. Inspiration 2. Knowledge 3. Action.
How do these apply to each one of us? Let’s talk about each one for a moment from the perspective of a successful retirement. First, what are you passionate about? What moves you? Family comes to mind for me. I am inspired by what kind of people my wife and children are. I see in them beauty, talent and great potential. I am inspired to do whatever I can to help equip them whether it be with moral or financial support. They are a great source of inspiration for me. They are why I choose to get off the couch.
Secondly, knowledge is important to help me achieve my goals. Some knowledge comes from experience and some comes from learning from people who are much smarter than me. I have learned by doing, but also by going to those who possess the knowledge I need. Thirdly, all the inspiration and knowledge in the world means nothing without action. Many folks come to our public workshops and when someone tells me “that’s a lot of good information, Mark. I will go home and ponder it,” I know immediately that they lack the key element to success — action. It’s like the old “three-legged stool” analogy. If you don’t have all three legs, the stool will fall.
The Retirement Guys Formula for Success is nothing different than the principles that we have been sharing with our clients for years. Sometimes, it is all in how you communicate. Inspiration — are you inspired? If you are not inspired, chances are you will not act. Knowledge — do you have the critical information you need? If not, The Retirement Guys can share with you what we know. Action — get off the couch! Without action we become couch potatoes. There is no success if nothing ever gets done. The really cool thing is that you can apply this same formula to your spiritual life, too. Now, go get it done.
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