Welcome to my first posting. As you might have guessed this blog is dedicated to the 10,000 people that are retiring everyday. Among those are the dreamers and schemers who have decided that retirement is only a pause before starting their encore hustle.
For myself I am, as they say at college, a Rising Senior. As you can see from my profile I have 30 plus years as an engineer and I can see retirement on the horizon. And although there are mornings when I wake up and wish I do not have to head to the office and I check my 401k more often than I should I really don't relish the idea of retirement. I still still enjoy learning something new and being smarter when I leave the office than when I arrived. However I am looking forward to the day when I can work on my own terms (hopefully a mix of work and travel) and this blog is one of the ways that I am preparing for that day.
There is something called the Baader-Meinfon phenomenon, alternately known as the recency illusion. Sort of like when you buy a red car you notice how many other red cars are on the road. In my case it is noticing people who are working well past what we like to call "retirement age". For example I was recently flying with a regional carrier and I noticed that our flight attendant was well past 60. I made a slight joke about how many years he has been on the job and I was surprised to learn that he was 64 and had only been on the job for a year. It turns out he was previously a manager at a fast food restaurant and was recruited by the airline because of his exceptional customer service. He told me that being a flight attendant was the best job he ever had and he would keep doing it as long as he could sling baggage into the overhead compartment.
I love meeting people who have these stories and this is what I want this blog to be about. I want to share stories of people who are pursuing their encore hustle and provide resources to people who want to find and succeed at their hustle. Hopefully this blog with grow and become the EH community with forums and resources.
Thanks for reading and I would love to hear about your EH.