My Personal Weltanschauung For Transition To Retirement

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My Personal Weltanschaung For Transition To Retirement

RobertOne of the March challenges is to create our own personal Weltanschauung and as I continue to transition to retirement, I thought about the guiding principles and philosophies that guide me towards that goal.

Retirement Weltanschaung

1. I believe Retirement is a good thing, well deserved after a lifetime of work. It is something that should be enjoyed and be an exciting part of ones life.

2. I believe you should retire to something; not from something. Looking forward to new adventures, life long learning, maybe a new career in something one likes to do, not must do.

3. I believe Retirement can be enjoyed even with modest wealth. So many things can be done to enjoy our wonderful world from walks in the park, to visiting museums, senior centers or taking up a photography hobby.

4. I believe it is important to give back to the community. Being able to retire frees up time and one of the most rewarding things you can do is to volunteer at the hospital, the senior center, charitable organizations and other worthwhile causes.

5. I believe your physical health is important in Retirement and you should maintain and even improve your health.  Proper diet, portion control (for me), and eating well is one if not the most important thing you can do to improve your health . Getting physical exercise at least three times a week via walks in the park, Silver Sneakers programs, gym membership or other ways is also a primary part of improving and maintaining health.

6. I believe mentoring and consulting younger people and sharing your experiences can be valuable to both you and the younger person.

7. I believe socialization and maintaining and making friends is very important to a successful retirement. Joining a dance club, visiting the senior center, moving to retirement community, even volunteering and church work offer opportunities. Having a social network for friends to give and receive support is valuable and should be sought.

8. I believe in winding down ones career, one should never give up the high standards one has delivered over the years and a proper transition of the business should occur at the same or better level of service.  In my case, any property management accounts terminated should be done at time of turnover in tenants and a suitable new property manager should be suggested.

9. Finally being in real estate, I believe in being proactive in securing livable housing that will serve the housing needs of me and my wife for years to come. I believe this will be more accessible and safe and may even prevent injuries.  Housing in our case will be on one level with no stairs with univeral design features, low maitenance materials and energy efficient.

This list is probably not complete but it got me thinking about my Weltanschaung To Retirement.

Robert Fowler

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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
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Robert: Those are excellent points. For me, real estate is my "first" retirement. It covers all your points except #8, because I have no intention of "winding down" yet, I just work smarter these days with all the technology.

Mar 16, 2014 01:07 AM #1
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Sharon Alters
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Robert, I love what you said of retiring to something. I see far too many people who are pretty bored because they haven't figured out what to do with all the time they have on their hands.

Mar 16, 2014 04:40 AM #2
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Beth and Richard Witt
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This is my favorite on you list.... I believe you should retire to something; not from something.

looks like Sharon thought so too... Enjoy

Mar 16, 2014 05:24 AM #3
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Robert Fowler - 55CommunityGuide.com
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Yes, retiring to something looks to the future and makes it easier to let go of job responsibilities of a career and move to something fun and interesting.

Mar 16, 2014 05:41 AM #4
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Joe Pryor
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Everytime I think about retiring my business jst keeps getting better and as long as I still enjoy it I will stay with it. That being siad I do have enough time for leadership on the state level and now at the NAR level so I am at the point where making a difference is important to me.

Mar 16, 2014 09:31 AM #5
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Robert Fowler - 55CommunityGuide.com
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Joe I think you hit it on the hea, making a difference is important.

Mar 16, 2014 09:44 AM #6
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Evelyn Johnston
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Your retirement sounds well thought out and suitable for the lifestyle you want. I like your personal weltenschauung! Nice job!

Mar 16, 2014 09:50 AM #7
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Connie Harvey
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Robert, I love this. Many people don't think about what they should be doing and thinking about in retirement! Giving back is so important!

Mar 17, 2014 06:15 AM #8
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I'm really enjoying reading all of these posts in Pat's thought provoking challenge this month. Sounds like you've got a good plan, Robert.

Mar 22, 2014 02:45 AM #9
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Robert Fowler - 55CommunityGuide.com
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Debb that was a good challenge wasn't it, like asking an opened ended question.

Mar 22, 2014 05:05 AM #10
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Robert I really like your retirement guiding principles.  Thanks for sharing.

Apr 02, 2014 11:43 AM #11
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