Never Retire

Integrate your vocation and your identity by thinking of your life as a journey rather than a destination.

-Rabbi Daniel Lapin

journalist writing with typewriter

In his last commandment to making money Rabbi Lapin suggests retirement is a no go.  In fact, he points to the Jewish belief that hebrew is the language of God and therefore it is perfect.  Meaning that there is a word for everything that is real and timeless in it.  there is no word for retirement in Hebrew.  I have not come across a similar word in the Bible either.  Interesting.  What is retirement all about anyways?

When I was growing up my father told me a story, most likely very similar to a story you have heard.  It goes like this.  He had a friend who loved to write.  His friend, we will call him Jim, had two options for the next chapter in his career.  Option one was a corporate sales job that paid really well.  Option two was a writing job that did not.  Jim became a paid writer.  And because Jim went to work everyday with a smile on his face and a fantastic attitude he soon became a writer for a major publication and earned substantially more than he would have at the corporate job.  Because he was doing what he loved he naturally put his heart and soul into the work and that is a beautiful thing that is easy for everyone to see.  The old adage “do what you love and never work a day in your life” is true.  It is out there.  My challenge to you is to create margin in your life and seek it.  You will be happier.  Your family will be happier.  Your boss will be happier.  Everyone will be happier.

-A takeaway from Thou Shall Prosper by Rabbi Daniel Lapin

 As always good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned on the subject would be the coolest.

Mission Statements – part 2

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Young couple in love outdoor.

I went through a large portion of my life without a mission statement.  I remember thinking, “mission statements are for suckers” or something equally as stupid.  Then I remember a few years where the idea of a mission statement didn’t sound so stupid after all.  Then I recall a few years where I thought “I need me one of those” or something equally as brilliant.  Then, a few years later, I actually sat down and started to put one to paper.  Looking back I wish I would have done it much, much sooner.  But perhaps this is the natural cycle.  None the less if I could have done it over again I would have made one sooner.

From the time I put it on paper to the time I thought of it as final-ish (I think it is ok to tweak them as you grow) about two to three weeks passed.  I visited it once a week for a few weeks and it was done.  Immediately after I finished it, I recall a feeling of great peace – it was a very settling feeling.  Within days I noticed how it made decisions easier – it made life less stressful.  Especially as an entrepreneur, you will get several people who come to you with ideas for companies and ventures and projects and the like.  This is all good and awesome and a gift.  Still, we can’t do them all well. Having a mission statement acts as a helpful filter to these types of decisions.  I am of the belief that a good mission statement helps us make all sorts of decisions better and with the end in mind – so as not to be distracted from what is really important.

A tip to get you started

One of my mentors recommended an online tool that Franklin Covey makes available for free called the mission statement builder.  My family has used this tool many times as a starting point for mission statements.  It asks a series of questions that will help you determine your values, which is a great place to start when creating a mission statement.


 A takeaway from Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.


Anyone have any other tips on creating mission statements?  Any stories about how yours has helped you make a tough decision?  As always comments re: good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned would be the coolest but anything is cool.  


Mission Statements – part 1

“Without a really good mission statement you have the potential to get to the top of the ladder
only to find it is leaning against the wrong building.”

-Dan Miller



Another quote that comes to mind here is “Begin with the end in mind” from Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Mr. Miller’s quote above paints a great picture of climbing a ladder.  So many of us are hard workers.  Many of us are even very intentional about our focus, goal setting and the like.  But if we skip this step of stopping to develop our mission in life, to what end are we working, focusing and toiling away?  It would be a shame to finally get to the top, after all that hard work, and realize we weren’t happy with where we were.

A takeaway from Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.


As always comments re: good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned would be the coolest but anything is cool.