Jobs are not just sources of the almighty dollar. They also make our lives worth living, especially if we enjoy them. That is the reason why some people are able to develop first-rate careers that earn them first-rate incomes and first-rate reputations. They are seen as highly-productive and are there coveted by other companies within the industry.
People should do their utmost while at their productive age. Whether we like it or not, there is a point where we reach our learning and productivity curves. Then, we lose our attractiveness to the industry. We lose the magic that was once able to move mountains. That is when we decide to retire.
Is retirement a wise option? Retirement is like an indefinite paid vacation. You get regularly paid a modest amount in pensions that can get you by. With your savings, you can tour around the world and splurge. Or you can start something worthwhile … working on something you really love to do.
Since love for our work, there are things that lie dormant mostly in our subconscious that really matter. These are dreams that germinated in our early days on earth. We would have loved to be and do just what that dream dictated. But as is almost always the case, resources and time would not allow us the "luxurious" indulgence. Retirement is the right time to revive these dreams and live the remaining days of our lives doing what we really would love doing.
Some people had these dreams in the form of visualizing themselves to be inventors. They love tinkering with electronic and mechanical devices or a fancy to reactions of boiling, mixing or shaking certain chemicals. That made them excel in chemistry, electronics, mathematics and physics in high school and in college. But they were all forgotten when they landed on sales careers, for instance, that dominated and fueled their productive lives.
Reviving the dream starts with groping in your subconscious trying to "feel" and locate that soul-gratifying dream. Some people could no longer "feel" it losing it altogether. Others have moderate success finding it but discover that something is missing and therefore no longer appealing to them. But there are the lucky ones who get to find the missing link and build new carers that are usually outstanding and serve to help or make humankind happy.
But a few belong to the luckiest breed of human beings who do not have to retire to live the perfect job and life. Examples of this group of perfectly completed individuals are Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.