Email me at retiredowhat[at]gmail.com!
I never wanted to ‘RETIRE’ — but when I stopped working I found that it was so difficult to continue without the support of a big company or institution behind me. After thirty years with Singapore Airlines, I thought life afterwards would be easy. Boy was I wrong! I started a healthcare business in Vietnam – but that failed because of the climate and because I was unfamiliar with the market and local practices. Luckily I worked with Hong Leong Malaysia for a couple of years, and then in Singapore with LC Development – but again, when the bubble burst, I found myself unemployed. I realized that no matter how lucky I had been in the past with my jobs, this had absolutely no bearing with how I felt when I faced ‘retirement’.
A lot of face both voluntary and involuntary ‘retirement’. With all due respect, the Government focuses on creating new jobs for the young and unemployed, because the ‘mature’ unemployed don’t cause problems usually. I want to share with you how I’ve managed to overcome my own fears, the economic downturn, and even my own initial inertia to learn new skills at my age. These include:
1. Climbing Macchu Picchu
2. Learning Internet Marketing and making myself computer-literate
3. Starting a new business
4. Overcoming fear of failure – especially with an Asian ‘groupthink’ mindset
5. Starting a community of like-minded thinkers and doers who want to be their own bosses – in retirement!
I’m here to share my experiences and to hear about how we can work together to make a new life for ourselves. I’ll be sharing my experiences learning, teaching, traveling, and doing all the fun things I always wanted to do. I’ll be writing ‘how-to’ guides, sharing insights that I’ve made over the past thirty years while with Singapore Airlines traveling and living all over the world.
In the words of Steve Jobs, when quoting Stewart Brand ‘stay hungry, stay foolish’, “Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”