Coincidence, I suppose. Today I had a long talk with my older brother about retirement. We’re both boomers, born in ’46 and ’48. I get off the phone and back to the computer, and there’s an email from BNET announcing this article:
And maybe it’s not coincidence at all, because baby boomer retirement is a real issue, with significant economic repercussions. Just do the Google search for "baby boomer retirement" and you’ll see how many times it comes up (about 345,000 results).
The BNET story quotes a Harvard Business blog post by Tammy Erickson, with what I think is the general truth on the issue:
Yes, people certainly want to work in different ways — with more flexibility and control. Most do not want to work as hard or as long as they are in their 50’s for another thirty years. But most want to work.
My brother’s almost 62 and retired at the beginning of the year, same month I turned 60. He’s a lawyer. He was a public defender, a tax lawyer, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur lawyer, and, for the last 15 or so years, an assistant district attorney specializing in white collar crime, especially Internet related crime. And — I don’t think he’ll mind my writing this — he isn’t liking the retirement thing. Last night he sat as a judge in traffic court. He’s already looking for some other things to do.
And I’m on the other side, not retired, working as much as ever, but doing things like this blog, things related to my long-term career, but things I like to do.
I’ve been pretty sure, all along, that I didn’t want to retire. And today I’m certain. Maybe in another 10 years … and you could check with Steve King, of Small Biz Labs, who seems to have more research on this than anybody else, but in that I think I’ve got a lot of company.