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Work long

2015-11-18 22:56:07.330276+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Meet two amazing women who are still working at the age of 102. Yes, 102.:

Everyone asks the centenarians: "What's your secret?"

The answer is pretty simple: work.

[ related topics: Work, productivity and environment ]

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#Comment Re: Work long made: 2015-11-19 13:25:07.901845+00 by: meuon

I hope to be doing something I enjoy parts of, that makes a little money, as long as I can physically and mentally do it. I doubt I'll be a relevant technologist when I am 85.. but I see myself doing other things. I've watched some family "retire", do nothing and quickly die. I watched my dad, active at 76, doing things he loved and lovingly bitched constantly about, with good people, until the day he died (heart failed). He had quite a few health issues and overcame them daily because he had something to do.

I know that I am self-defined by what I 'do" or am capable of "doing". Most men are. I'll be 'working" as long as I can.

#Comment Re: Work long made: 2015-11-19 14:25:29.363547+00 by: Larry Burton

Turning 60 along with a few health issues has caused me to look at retirement planning a lot closer. I first considered what age I wanted to retire which caused me to realize that as long as I'm enjoying what I'm doing there is no reason for me to quit and as soon as I realize that I no longer enjoy what I'm doing or am no longer physically capable of doing what I'm doing I need to find something I can still do and that I think I will enjoy and switch to that. There is no retirement, just maximizing my SS and Medicare benefits.

#Comment Re: Work long made: 2015-11-19 14:31:25.389552+00 by: Jack William Bell

Personally I want to retire as soon as possible. So I can build a house from scratch while writing and working on open source projects.

In other words, I want to retire so I can get caught up on all the stuff I've wanted to do for years, but didn't have the time.

#Comment Re: Work long made: 2015-11-19 19:43:39.933835+00 by: Mars Saxman

I ran the numbers long ago and it was immediately obvious that I was never, ever going to be able to afford to retire unless I managed to win the stock-option lottery. I've come close a couple of times, but at this point I have basically lost interest in chasing that dream, so I just figure I'm going to work until I drop. Not such a bad thing, really - it's a good career.

#Comment Re: Work long made: 2015-11-20 13:42:44.94495+00 by: DaveP

I'm with Jack on wanting to retire so I can catch up on things.

As I'm either the long tail of the Baby Boom, or the vanguard of Generation X, I figured long ago that Social Security was going to be gone by the time I retired. Took me longer to start saving than it should have, but current plans have me with enough to retire in another five years or so.

But I fully expect I'll be working on something or other as long as I'm capable. Might not pay much, but being able to feel I've accomplished something at the end of the day is a powerful thing. When I don't have that any more, it'll be time to check out.

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