Screen Shot 2013-05-02 at 11.04.02 AM“The person you are on the job may not be the same person you will be when you retire. After spending years in the business world, you have developed certain skills and talents that are matched to the requirements of your career. Some of these abilities are not necessary or even desired once you are no longer working” writes Dave Bernard, one of my favorite writers on retirement issues.

Although Bernard writes for the Money section of US News and World Report he recognizes that, while a sufficient retirement fund makes life more pleasant, how we behave in retirement is a bigger contributor to our retirement satisfaction. He reminds us that the persona we had at work isn’t necessarily the one we should be or want to be in retirement.

This thought strikes a familiar cord for me because, when I talk with wives with retired husbands, I often hear that some traits a spouse has developed in the work environment can bring disaster to a retirement marriage. Bernard offers new retirees seven guidelines that can help make retirement what you (and probably your spouse) would like it to be. I list them for you below.  I think you’ll readily develop your own thoughts about why his suggestions are on target and helpful, but if you would like further explanation for their value or reason, you’ll enjoy his full article on US News. Mr. Bernard suggests:

  • Don’t be judgmental.
  • Don’t always be in a rush.
  • Don’t be a know-it-all.
  • Don’t rest on past accolades.
  • Try new things.
  • Get rid of bad habits.
  • Keep learning.

Screen Shot 2013-05-02 at 11.02.50 AMIf your spouse handed you this article, he or she may be telling you something.  If you’ve found the article yourself, CONGRATULATIONS!

Either way, may you enjoy the journey toward deeper satisfaction in this potentially wonderful stage of life.

PLEASE share Bernard’s ideas with everyone who is––or contemplating––retirement.  Their friends and family may be very happy that you did. You can also spread the word about finding joy in retirment by LIKING this article on Facebook.