Hey Guys do you really want to work till your 80 years of age? I am speaking for myself when I say heck no, granted I will always do something as I age. But I foresee I’ll focus on working for myself as I age, and not for others. If people want or desire to work that long for others, it must be something they truly enjoy which equates to happiness. I provided an article below that states very convincing evidence, why those people like working so much and will continue way past their 70’s. Working till your 80 years of age is this the new Norm?
To me it seems like they don’t have enough hobbies to pass the time. If they really enjoyed working for their organizations and it wasn’t about the pay, would they do it for free? That is the million dollar question that was mistakenly not asked by the interviewees in the article below. It seems sad that one of them is working so much that she regrets not spending enough time with her grandchildren. Now that is a travesty for her and the bonding time her grandchild might need today. This is a judgment free zone, but she is clearly showing signs of regretting her work / life balance. If I could say anything to her I would say work part time, and go spend some time showing those kiddies some grandma fun filled activities.
The article also mentions that people are working longer but it wasn’t stated if it was due to financial reasons or just because it’s fun for them reasons. If working till your 80 years of age makes you happy then by all means do it. But please don’t go about stating in articles that you regret things or that a trade off was made due to the work. If you find a plan that will actually work when you 30 years of age, I don’t see why people can’t find freedom from work by 50. I think some people are in denial with the time horizon they really have in this 1 short life span. Imagine kicking the bucket and not realizing all the fun things you could have done, but couldn’t due to work. Imagine helping others so much that you can’t help out your closest family members when they need you the most.
Tradeoffs are made every day, but time is never at a standstill, so take advantage of the time today – Rich Uncle EL
Imagine a life where you always desired to go to Europe, but never could because you had to work so much. Well I hope that’s not the case for me, because I want to go in the next 3 years and I’m hoping travel hacking, and extra income sources will make that a reality for me. I don’t want to make a list today in this post about how to avoid working till your 80 years of age, but I will give you a simple quote to help you.
Save a lot, invest often, don’t spend and be OK to leave the dusty cubicle by age 50 – Rich Uncle EL
If you can just live life by this quote, I’m sure you don’t have to work till your 80 years of age because you will be financially independent sooner rather than later.