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When will you Retire?

I am often asked this question when interacting with friends and colleagues. Perhaps it is because I am looking so old or they are just searching for a topic of light conversation.

While on the surface this seems like a simple question it often throws me into a loop of self-examination. This can be a little awkward at a social gathering. It is high-time to figure out a canned response that can be blurted out in the heat of the moment.

What is retirement? This question is really rooted in the question of, “What is work?”. I believe that work has two primary motivations. Let’s call these Productivity and Creativity. Both of these are important but for completely different reasons. You can not miss out on either and still have a meaningful life. Losing one would be like choosing between your arms or your legs. I hope to keep both! Success


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