When we graduate from University or College, we are happy to land our first job, if Sejal lucky, in our field of study. We are making money and contributing to society, and that is a wonderful thing. Some of us are even luckier, knowing what career path we will follow in the productive years before retirement.
What we fail to realize at the time is that our important career and life decisions are made while we are single, with no children. Life has not thrown big obstacles in our path up the career mountain. Things change when we start a family and our responsibilities grow.
Currently, in the workforce, you can have four to five generations interacting, each with its own priorities and views on working for someone else. The following is a breakdown of the current generations and the period they were born:
- Traditionalist 1945 and earlier
- Baby Boomers 1946 to 1964
- Generation X 1965 to 1976
- Millennial 1977 to 1995
- Generation Z 1996 and after
People from two of these generations have either retired or are close to it. Hit the brakes! What? Life has dropped a major obstacle in the lives of the Baby Boomers, aka “the Sandwich,” generation. You see many in that generation have not been able to achieve “Freedom 55 or 58,” or whatever the advertisements told them was possible.
You see, they are the meat in the sandwich. They often have to support both ageing parents (Traditionalist that cannot work or are in bad health) and children who have graduated from school but are having difficulty finding jobs that pay well or jobs at all and are having difficulty paying down their student debts.
Often we have three generations living in the same house. Everyone’s dreams have gone by the wayside and they are just trying to keep their heads above water.
What if there was a way for you to leave the rat race and live your dream of owning your own company, or generating sufficient funds to travel wherever your mind takes you? That is what my website is all about. I would like to introduce you to a system that trains you on how to make an income and can be done anywhere, and anytime.
What Do You Desire
Sometimes after a busy day, I like to watch a bit of television to wind down. In one TV series I like, “Lucifer,” the main character uses a line that really speaks to the subject matter of this post: “What do you desire? What do you really desire?”
I know that each generation has different priorities. For some it’s travel the world first, find a rewarding career, buy the house and then have children is a typical life arc. Or find a career, get married, buy the house and raise a family.
Even with these priorities a recurring dream or desire persists. It does not matter what you call it, but it is there in our 20s, 30s and even 40s. The question you have to ask yourself is why have I not tried to make it a reality, why am I not living my dream. Yes, our day-to-day responsibilities keep getting in the way. You have too many things to do than to go off and live that dream.
Planning For Retirement
When Should you start planning for retirement? Retirement is both a dream and reality that we will live at some point. There is no way around it if you are working for someone.
Most courses I have taken and articles I have read in an ideal world, you should start planning for retirement no later than 35. I took three pre-retirement courses before pulling the plug and walking out on my career of 35 years. I started thinking about retirement at age 45 and started planning my exit.
Have you started making plans for your retirement? What about the rest of your life after that? What are you going to do the Monday after you retire, when you wake up and realize you don’t have to go to work? You are now responsible for managing your time 24 hours a day for the rest of your life. Will you fulfill your long-held dream now? Can you afford to live your dream? My recommendation is to not wait until that Monday to find out.
Start thinking about what you want to do with the rest of your life. Don’t say at retirement age, you have worked hard all your life and now it is time to rest. That feeling will last for about one week, a month at the most, before you start getting on your spouse’s nerves and making a nuisance of yourself.
So what are those recurring dreams you have had since you were in your 20s? Whatever they are, it is time to dust them off and find a way to make at least one a reality.
Factors That Will Influence The Reality
As said earlier I am retired. I made a plan, I took my exit and this is the way it went. I spent a few months in sunny Jamaica, relaxing, enjoying the food, culture and scenery. After that, I returned to Canada and volunteered to help children and the communities. I continued to teach at a Martial Arts school five days a week. Then this cycle was supposed to repeat.
I found gaps, however, huge gaps, in my life and if I wanted to lead a productive and rewarding life I needed to fill those gaps. You see, my teaching only takes up 15 hours out of the week and I have eased up on the volunteering, now doing some one day of the last week of each month.
So how do I now fill the other hours of each day? Well, I found something that I can do anytime and anywhere and I have started living my dream. I found a way to make what I call “crazy money.” Crazy money is money that I can use to do all those things on my “Bucket List.” It is a way to make extra money online that is not a scam and can be started for free.
Most of us that have been around a while realize that nothing in life is free and Wealthy Affiliate does have a cost. I have been a competitive person for most of my life. What I found is that you will never stand on the podium unless you visualize what you want, and commit to the necessary work/training. Wealthy Affiliate is no different. If you want to achieve success, you must commit to your dream. You can try it for free, but the following three things are necessary:
To be successful and to stand on the podium as a winner, you first have to visualize actually winning the event, and standing on the podium. The other thing you have to accept is committing to the work and training that will get you there. To make your dream a reality with Wealthy Affiliate, you must devote yourself.
You have to dedicate the time necessary to make your dream a reality. Without this, your dreams will remain dreams. Many of us get caught up in get-rich schemes and want to see results within a week or month. Achieving what you want takes determination and patience, but it can be done.
Remember I told you my recommended approach was free? Well, it is. The only commitment you need to make for the first week is your time. You have a full week to try the Wealthy Affiliate platform and take the first steps to making your dream a reality. After that, it will cost you $39 per month for the Premium program, when you decide to take your dream for the long walk. If you decide not to take the premium package you can continue with the website you create from the first week of training, still for free.
When I joined Wealthy Affiliate I was not certain this is what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted something online but did not know what that something was. In fact, I got burned twice trying to get the shiny object being dangled in front of me. Well after the first two scams yet another company called me, dangling that same shiny object.
As the old adage says “once bitten twice shy,” well this was the third time shy, so I researched this company and low and behold, it was too good to be true. While doing my research, however, I came across Wealthy Affiliate. I did my due diligence on them and could not find any negatives. I am suggesting you do the same and then click below to start living your dream.
Before we part folks, I would like to summarize the steps you need to transform your dream into reality. It does not matter whether your dream is to retire before 65, to earn additional income so you can stop living from paycheque to paycheque or you just want to see the world on your terms. Here are the following things you need to do:
- Determine what you really want. What is your desire? Write it down or write them down and prioritize your desires.
- Visualize you and your family living that dream. As a former athlete, I can tell you that visualization does work, but that is a story for another day.
- Establish a Long-Term Plan for achieving your dream.
- Break your plan into years, months, weeks and days. Establish a schedule for working on your dream
- Find a way to put your dream into action and my suggestion would be to try Wealthy Affiliate.
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