What if you still were paid even though you stopped working? It used to be the norm. Working for the same company for 30 years on the promise of a pension enabled many people to retire without much worry.
You rarely see honesty about failure. One recent example of someone who embraced the failure and struggle came to me from a surprising source – Stephen King. With him, the struggle was real, success almost never came, it certainly didn’t come overnight, and he failed many times.
This blog is still so new, but it is already weird to look back on pieces I wrote months ago. Below is one of the first things I wrote when this blog existed only on my computer and on numbered word documents. This was number 6. For no reason in particular I haven’t posted it until today.
Feeling grateful can be a challenge. Even with a satisfying and well-paying career it easy to get used to a certain level of success. As we move throughout our careers whether it be in the public or private sectors, finding happiness can oftentimes be a struggle.
By mile 20 of the bike all I could think about was if there were going to be doughnuts at the finish line. The thought of a doughnut seemed delightful. Sadly I had over 50 miles of biking and running in order to see if this wonderful rumor was true. It was early in the race and this triathlon was already getting hard.
The run-of-the-mill retirement article is packed with statistics that can lead you to feel good, bad, or indifferent about your own situation. Often it can lead you to draw a conclusion about your own situation. Perhaps feelings of uncertainty or maybe even hopeful. But there is a lot of information published or otherwise that is misleading.
Racing downwards to zero is not as sexy as racing upwards to a much bigger number. I find it very enjoyable to see an account balance go up. The opposite, an account balance going down, is much less exciting. Over the years, the one shining light maintaining my motivation to pay off debt has been the actual tracking of the debt payoff. Otherwise, it seems like an endless process with no milestones along the way.