Sunday, February 13, 2005
The Worst Reason to Retire
I'm sure you've heard it before. "_______ (fill in the name) has decided to step down to spend more time with his family." Guest what, _________(fill in the name again). TOO LATE. It still amazes me how many men who spend twenty or thirty years climbing the ladder, spending week's away from their families end up resigning with the desire to backfill the family relationships that they missed on the way up. Doesn't it seem more appropriate to delay the inevitable ego-driven rise to career success while our kids need us around the most? It's possible to do them together. One must use his creativity and focused energy to create a life grounded by family but blessed by the success of a fulfilling and rewarding career. I can't wait to tell my kids at their college graduation that I'm going to take some time off from them to focus on my career. At that point, I figure they'll be tired of my anyway.