I had the opportunity about a week ago to speak to someone who started his own business, and used a few business practices to grow what he started into a multi-million-dollar company within three years. I think more important than the business practices he discussed with me was what he said about working in general. He still goes to work every day, but he said that he “retired three years ago.”
What he means is that he found something he enjoys so much that he doesn’t consider it work. He wakes up in the morning excited to go to the office, and he leaves the office each night excited to go home. Really, this isn’t much different than actually retiring.
So, if you want to retire in your 20s, or 30s, or 40s, there a few ways to go about it. The first is, you could come up with a product or service that everyone will want or need, market the hell out of it, and enjoy the profits. This road is often considered “harder,” but really I think it’s just about the same amount of work compacted into a shorter amount of time. It’s important to note that there is another way.
The other road you can take is finding something you enjoy so much that you can’t wait to get back to work. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s completely true. You can work in your 9-5 until you’re in your 60s, maybe hate your job or dislike your industry…or you could find something you really love to do.
Sometimes I bash the typical “work-for-someone-else” model that we have in place here, but really it doesn’t matter what you do or what you earn, as long as you’re happy. If you can be happy working as a cashier in a Deli, then do that. Life is short and I think we should all strive to be happy every single day. If you can get out of bed and think, wow, I can’t wait to get to work, then you can consider yourself a success. Keep growing, but make sure you know you’re successful when you’ve reached happiness.