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.

Get to Know Yourself

So much of life is choosing between things that are good and things that are the best.  

-Arnold Lovin

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle

You are in business.  You are a business.  Your Name, Inc. is in the business of marketing and using its skills to add value to the market place.  And I have come to believe that the skills you have are one of the key factors in your ability to accumulate money.  Rabbi Lapin suggests creating an inventory of your skills and how others might find them useful.  I have also come to believe that experiences are the best way to gain skills.

Experiences can come in many forms.  The best, I think, are the hands on sort.  Build something or what have you – right.  But they can also come from watching someone else.  Or being intentional in talking with people and really listening when they tell about what they have done right and wrong.  I have this saying that a smart person can learn from their experiences and a wise person can learn from others’ experiences.  I am always working to become the latter – seems faster and better and more interesting.

Shortly after I was married I had several things going.  Too many things.  To those that cared about me it was quite plain.  They all seemed to wait patiently for me to come to it.  When I did, it was of course at the counsel of my most trusted advisor.  Vice Chairman of the Board of Michael Somers, Inc.  My wife is wise and beautiful and good and strong.  In her way she helped me understand I would be more useful to others if I focused.  I am so very grateful for Jamie.  She grounds me in a powerful way.  We make a powerful team.

When the things in my life were on the chopping block one of my mentors, a sitting Board Member, Jake Davis, suggested that I put all my things in order of where I was growing the most to the least and axe the ones on the bottom until I got to a point where I had enough margin to be most impactful. What a fantastic way to approach this situation.  I love how this process ties into Your Name, Inc.  Where are you growing the most?  Where are you building the most skills?  Where are you increasing the most in your ability to service the marketplace – to serve others?

-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.