This is a blog series on retirement lessons and notes on growing old and yes, a tad “irrelevant”.
#1. Once retired, you shed your rank and professional stature. People around you may not know what you’ve accomplished and achieved. That’s ok. Don’t feel compelled to prove yourself to anyone and everyone.
I’ve seen it all too often. Retired executives making a point of what they WERE worth before becoming irrelevant. Operative word here is WERE.
I remember when I had my first job. A very wise boss didn’t fail to remind us new-hires that we may have landed the jobs because of our medals and honors earned from school. BUT…. Keeping the job and building a career would now have to depend on our work attitude and ethics. How true.
Truer still is the attitude AFTER one’s career is over. You’ve earned your medals from school. You’ve earned your promotions in your job. 👏👏👏 That’s it. All these are irrelevant NOW. In fact, WE MAY BE GROWING IRRELEVANT. To others. Especially those others who are still cramming in school and busy building a career.
If you have reached this age and still feel compelled to prove yourself, maybe you just got lucky before. You get the drift? So quit proving your worth. Those who dare listen may just be the polite ones. If you’re really good, people will take up notice and seek your (humble) opinion. Better that, than advertise yourself.