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Don’t wait – do it now

A friend had always planned on buying a yacht when he retired. However, this year he was diagnosed with cancer which, thankfully, was treatable and he’s now recovered.

The illness has forced him to rethink his life and he’s decided to buy the boat now, rather than waiting for retirement. He’s right, too. So often, we put off things we want to do until that magical ‘retirement’. The problem is, we may not live that long and, even if we do, we may be too old to do some of the things we have always dreamed of.

So if there is something you want to do, don’t wait – do it now.

It may not be anything as exotic as buying a yacht. You might have always dreamed of writing a book, travelling to a certain country, climbing a mountain, owning a sports car, keeping bees… The list is endless.

Sit down and make a list of all the things you want to do in your life – a bucket list, if you wish. Then, go through it and pick three things that you would like to achieve over the next 12 months. Now, make a plan of how you are going to achieve those things and take massive steps over the next 90 days to kickstart your way towards hitting your goals.

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You can have more than one career

At school, you’re led to believe that you have to choose a career while in your teens and stick with it until you retire. That’s 40 years doing the same thing. Which is fine if you love doing your job, but if not, then it’s OK to make a change.

A good friend of mine began his career as a gynaecologist, after years of training as a doctor. After a few years, though, he decided he didn’t like being a part of the massive NHS, so he remortgaged his house and bought a care home, which he enjoyed running. He jokes that his autobiography will be called “Hatching to Despatching”. He also hopes to have a third career one day.

My own sister was a fully qualified sub-titler and translator. She’s now a yoga teacher. Another friend worked as a trainer for a local council, which he found stressful, so he’s forged a new career in publishing.

A rather more high profile of someone who has reinvented himself is former comedian Adrian Edmondson, who made a name for himself in the 1980s TV shows such as The Young Ones and Bottom. However, when he hit 50 he decided he was too old to be making jokes about bottoms, so he learned to play the mandolin and started a folk band – as one does… The Bad Shepherds’ covers of punk songs are superb but, after a few years of enjoying doing that, Edmondson decided that was enough. He’s now a television presenter, novelist serious film and stage actor, and occasional chef.

So if you’re not happy in your career, it’s time to make a change.

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Why commute?

Here’s an interesting news story from The Telegraph showing just how outdated a concept commuting is. More homeworkers would reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and enhance people’s lives. Please click the link here to read the article.

Isn’t it time you got out of the rat race?

Time is precious

This great video explains why you need to do what you love.

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