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Create A Retirement That Really Rocks!

Create A Retirement That Really Rocks!

By Arlene Taveroff  

Is retirement a new beginning for you? Or do you see it as the beginning of the end?

For so many people (like my husband!), retirement is a really scary proposition. While at work, you felt like you were part of something. You were productive and useful – sometimes, anyway… Now what? The vast unknown looms over you and you’re lost and confused.

Retirement means figuring out your personal brand. Facing retirement means facing yourself. And that means coming to terms with who you are and what you stand for. You see, all the things you’ve done in life have been leading up to this magic moment. You’ve been walking along the path of life collecting skills and talents, experiences and wisdom, that together form this incredible person, this incredible personal brand called YOU.

Understanding this brand called YOU is one of the secrets to creating a retirement that really rocks!

Ask yourself these questions;

What skills do you have that you have learned over the course of your life?

Think of not only the obvious hard skills, but the soft skills as well. Did your job involve a lot of communication skills? Planning? What training courses or seminars have you taken?

What are your natural talents and passions?

Natural talents and passions are things you were never taught to do in a formal manner, but are just naturally good at or are passionate about. Some go back to childhood; others may have expressed themselves more recently. Many natural talents are things you so take for granted, that you don’t even appreciate that they ARE a talent. Sometimes it’s a sense of purpose, a calling that you just can’t ignore.

How can you bring together your passions and talents with your learned skills?

Have the pressures of meeting financial obligations forced you to put passions and dreams in a completely separate box from the skills you have used to earn a living? Now it’s time to bring them together! “Skills, please meet Passion & Talents: they would like to team up with you!” It’s finally time to combine your natural talents and passions with your learned skills in a way that’s uniquely YOU.

So, here’s the scary part.

 It’s time to consider how you can bring in your natural talents and passions into your daily life. It’s time to finally live your passion and transfer your skills to a new domain. There are so many ways to be of service in a new way! Or to indulge in those fantasies you’ve put aside for so long!

Yes, I know it’s scary. I know it’s a bit like going down a rabbit hole and not knowing what you’re going to find. But remember Alice? She found a Wonderland! And Dorothy found the yellow brick road, where all kinds of terrific dreams came true!

This post was written by Arlene Taveroff.  Arlene is the Founder of Create A Brand That Rocks which provides services and support to individuals and businesses in the development of their personal and business brands.  Arlene’s varied background includes teaching, research, obtaining a Ph.D. from McGill University, international photography exhibitions, two published books, a personal growth blog that was in the top 1% of traffic worldwide, and even her own TV show that ran for 2 seasons!

In her spare time, you’ll see Arlene experiencing yet another form of communication: she’s on the dance floor doing ballroom dancing. “I’m a total addict! It’s social, it’s fun and it’s the best exercise ever!”

You can reach Arlene through her website – Create A Brand That Rocks – and also follow her on Twitter at @ArleneTaveroff

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