A Closer Look About What Retirement Is All About

What comes into your mind when you hear the word retire? Is it about growing old? Is it a time when you no longer need to work and simply just enjoy life? Is it a time to travel the world, spend time with your family and friends, or simply stay at home and sleep for the whole day?

A common belief about retirement is that it is the time when people can finally stop working and pursue forgotten hobbies and interests?  It is the time to travel, spend time with loved ones, stay at home, and finally start enjoying life?

8266210912_e5f1c17fdcI used to have this belief about retirement when I was younger. I guess watching too much T.V and movies unconsciously instilled in me this belief as the common end scenario among stories is usually a “happily ever after”. However, upon venturing into entrepreneurship and learning about personal finance, I realized that being truly retired is so much different from what I used to believe.

Huh? What do you mean Jeyps? So you’re saying that is not really retirement? Then what is it?

Well, Right now, I believe retirement is not the time when you finally quit your job and finally enjoy life. It is, however, the time when you don’t need to work anymore, but you still choose to do so because it gives you purpose and self-fulfillment.

Just think about Bill Gates who still works as a technology advisor for Microsoft despite being labeled the richest man in the world. Mark Zuckerberg, who just once dreamed of simply having an online yearbook during his college years but now has an estimated total net worth of $35.1 billion as of March 2015, still works as chairman and chief executive of Facebook.

8056224514_6442155435In the Philippines, just imagine Henry Sy (SM) and Tony Tan Caktiong (Jollibee), who despite of being one of the richest people in the country still continue to work in their own company.

Have you ever wondered why these kinds of people still work despite all the wealth and riches that they have? Why don’t they just quit their jobs, and enjoy life? It’s because they don’t limit themselves to the definition of retirement that most people believe.

Regardless of all the money that they have, they still continue to work and focus on doing the things that can give them a sense of fulfillment. These people continue to live their legacy.

“Retirement may be an ending, a closing; but it is also a new beginning.”  

-Catherine Pulsifer

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  • Rochkirstin Santos

    Retiring early is a dream of so many people because they don’t want to work anymore but just enjoy life. However, there are also those who want to continue living their passion which goes hand in hand with the work they do.

  • Girl Unspotted

    My idea of retirement is traveling the world. The dream is to invest in a sail boat 😛

    • Jeypi Kyu

      That’s a great dream! I wish the best of luck for you and your love ones.. 🙂

  • It would be nice to not work when you retire, but it’s definitely more fulfilling to continue working. One of my grand dads is a lawyer and he has never thought about retiring from his firm.

  • I am about to retire next year. I may consider my retirement as a “new beginning” of a private person to world of new adventures. Nice article!

  • dmhyf

    I am nearer this stage in life than you are. I hope I have done enough to make sure I will not depend on my children in my old age. This is of course an ongoing investment while I am still earning. – Fred (By the way, how do you put that pop-up inviting people to follow you on FB?)

    • Jeypi Kyu

      I wish the best of luck for you fred. ahm, for the pop up, I just installed a Facebook pop-up plugin.. if your running a site thru WordPress you can have access to different plug-ins like this..

  • Tiffany Yong

    Never stop learning, never stop striving, never stop thinking. That’s life, just like Robert De Niro in The Intern!

  • This is it, “retirement is the time when you don’t need to work anymore, but still choose to work because it gives you purpose and self-fulfillment.” Find this very fulfilling and I’m into this time of my life to continue dreaming what I wanted in life.

  • lee rosales

    These people are successful bec they love their craft and money and success.

  • Raymond Vasquez

    I used to think of retiring early, and just stay back and relax. But it doesn’t work that way. I now want to keep doing what I want to do, and serve people while doing it. 🙂

  • Kelly Chin

    Well I don’t think I can retire and sit at home do nothing. At least I will continue my passion or business.

  • Retirement is really a new beginning. It’s exciting now that people live longer and have more time to enjoy their new phase.

  • I definitely agree that it’s a new beginning. Finally, it’s a time when people can unwind and have fun! 😀

  • lovemindanao

    in the Philippines, retiring means you need to work even harder… the system is crook.