Posted by kdadmin on July 18th, 2015.
Who doesn’t want to be Semi-Retired?
Work as much as you want, when you want, have the time to travel, enjoy your hobbies, play with friends, connect with family, but still make a meaningful contribution to the career, or cause, that you love. It’s a sweet life. No question.
In this series, we’ll cover the “how” of this process, one step at a time.
Step One. Find something you love to do more than anything else on the planet.
This is hard. Very hard. It took me years to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up. But once I found kiteboarding, my entire perspective changed. Speaking of which, have a look at the shot above. It’s from my first, truly successful Deadman trick. I’m completely upside down. If you look hard enough, you can see my kite up in the sky in the lower left. The ocean is in the upper frame.
For you non-kiters out there, The Deadman is a trick in which you jump to at least twenty feet into the air, go inverted, lift your feet over your head, extend your torso, and float through the air, completely upside down, for several seconds. Five seconds was my goal. Take off is not the problem. It’s the landing. Or, more aptly, NOT landing headfirst.
Honestly, at about second three, I thought I was going to barf. I had started to rotate, and if I couldn’t counteract those effects, I was going to land in a wadded up ball of lines and kite. Somehow, my ab training kicked in and I stuck the landing. Further, unlike the first time I did a kite loop, I didn’t vomit. So, that was an improvement.
I tell you this because unless you have something in your life that pulls you away from work, you will never stop working long enough to semi-retire. There will be no reason to.
In order to save you some time in this process, I’ve made a list of HOW to find this something. Consider this a prequel to my “How to Live the Life You Love” video.
The trick here is to pay attention to your heart. Your something could range from kiteboarding to global travel to growing orchids to playing in a band to being an angel investor for small startups. The heart wants what it wants. Follow its desires and, through trial and error, you’ll arrive at your “something” in no time.
Most people, regrettably, skip this step and focus, instead, on the money. They say things like, “If I only had X dollars, I would be happy.” This is total baloney. MONEY DOESN’T MAKE YOU HAPPY. How many times do I have to say this? I thought religion was helping me out on this point. After all, happiness doesn’t come from without, it comes from within. Look at the photo above. If you could see my face, you’d see that I’m happy. Actually, you’d see a camera body, on a bite mount, in my mouth, but you get the idea. I didn’t earn any more money for accomplishing this long term dream. But I enjoyed a sense of fulfillment that money can’t buy. AND it opened the door for many more tricks. I was able to get to the next level.
Spend a few minutes, now, and come up with a few possible somethings that meet the criteria above. Write them down somewhere handy, so we can build on them in our next “How to Semi-Retire” segment. Stay tuned.