Employee Engagement: What was the best career advice you ever received?
The best advice I received was to work in reverse:
Don, a retired gentleman who lived in the same apartment as me in Winnipeg 35 years ago told me that retirement was wasted on someone his age because of health issues and being fixed in his ways. At the time he was about 85 years old. He told me that a guy my age, 21, should retire.
I took his words to heart and retired from 21 to 33, went through semi retirement from 33 to 55 as I worked and parented 3 wonderful children, and now I am working more than full time on employee engagement until I am 75. After 75, I may return to my counselling psychology training and freely volunteer my counselling services.
By the way, retirement does not mean you don’t work, it just means that you work differently on things more of your own choosing. Many people I know who are retired work very hard and make significant contributions to their community. As I wrote this short piece I realized that this is a much bigger time scale version of eat the dessert first.
David Zinger is an employee engagement expert who is fully engaged in work and is not dreaming of retirement because he has already experienced it.