3S BEYOND 50 – Its not about retirement!

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Success, Significance and Satisfaction Beyond 50

The 3S is an approach to a balanced life. To live a fulfilling life we need something more than the trappings of conventional success such as money, power and fame.

We need three things for a full life: Success, Significance and Satisfaction.

Why 3S BEYOND 50?

3S beyond 50 is important for a number of reasons. As a member of the Baby Boom Generation—the youngest members of which turned 50 in 2014—I can think of a long list why 3S BEYOND 50 is important:

We are missing something in our lives. All the money, success and fame in the world cannot make us fulfilled. But we are not happy or content. We are constantly seeking for something more… and often failing to find it.

3S BEYOND 50 offers a balanced approach to find out what we are missing. It ensures that we consider all key aspects, paying attention to work, family and meaning in seeking to add Success, Significance and Satisfaction to our lives.

We need to seek joy and satisfaction, no matter what the age. You cannot be fulfilled in life if you are dissatisfied, unhappy. You’ll find no joy in life this way either. Yet, many of us have given up on finding joy or satisfaction, both in and outside of work. Or we’ve traded it for some other gain, reconciled ourselves to a less than fulfilling existence.

As members of the ‘sandwich generation’, we are busy and overworked—earning our living, supporting others and caring for their needs—to think or do much about what brings us satisfaction. Some of us have given up on the hope of finding satisfaction altogether. But, we’ve not forgotten about the possibilities and so we feel hurt or empty; as if life’s not been fair to us.

This is not right. We all have one life to live. Everyone needs to feel satisfied at something in their lives. It gives us confidence and reinforces our self-worth. It adds to our happiness.

3S BEYOND 50 explores many paths to satisfaction and happiness that you can pursue. We should try to fulfill our true potential. That is the way to 3S.

Some of us need to find more fulfilling work.
We have, for one reason or another, failed to find our passion or calling. We are stuck in jobs and careers that gives us little joy or satisfaction. We’ve done that for our families or because we cannot muster up the courage to pursue our passions. Inertia and fear cripple us. We dare not take the risks that come with finding new work, starting a business or taking up a craft or vocation that fills our heart with joy.

But, if you don’t do it now, when are you going to do it? 3S BEYOND 50 shows you how to figure out what gives you joy and satisfaction and inspires you to pursue it.

We can find satisfaction in our current jobs—even if it seems impossible. Not everyone wants to abandon their jobs in pursuit of satisfaction or happier prospects. In fact, there are more of us in this group compared to those who wish to leave their jobs. There is good news for us too.

We can improve our happiness and satisfaction in our current jobs. Many of us do not even consider this possibility. There’s a lot of research that shows that, no matter how dismal your work situation is, there are ways to increase your level of satisfaction at work. We  can  find happiness at work. We can find satisfaction in what we do. We don’t necessarily need corporate policy changes or management changes to do it. The means are within our control. 3S BEYOND 50 tells you how it can be done.

Many of us have been too busy to think or plan for the future. To some of us, it appears to be such an uphill task. Statistics show that many Americans approaching retirement have given up thinking about the future, let alone planning for it. Very few have done anything beyond the most basic retirement planning by the time they reach 50.

This spells trouble; big trouble—not just to us, but to our children on whom we’d have to depend. And it’s a problem at the national level too.

3S BEYOND 50 does not teach you financial planning. But it introduces the basic concepts that you need to be familiar with before you begin financial planning. For those who need help to get their financial planning effort off ground, 3S BEYOND 50 provides the confidence to get the process going. It explains the basic information you need to begin a conversation with a financial or retirement planner. It also provides guidance on what questions to ask a financial planner and what considerations are important in choosing a financial planner.

There is more to retirement than a secure financial future. We are living longer. Those who are crossing the threshold of 50 today can expect to live at least another 30 years. Those who are 65 today may have a life expectancy exceeding 84. If you are 75 today, you can expect to celebrate your 87th birthday. Think of this as your second-lifetime.

What do you plan to do all those years when you are no longer working full time or raising kids? When you and your partner may not be as healthy or mobile as you are now? You cannot afford to wait till you get there to figure it out. Now is the time to do it, especially if you have crossed to the better side of 50!

3S BEYOND 50 helps you think about all the key aspects for this second lifetime you’ve been given.

We may need to find a second or even parallel career.
Baby Boomers can expect to live a good 30+ years beyond 50. What will we do in all that time we are blessed with?

If we plan to be active and working, we may need to search for second or parallel careers. What does a second career call for in those beyond 50? We may want to start that business we’ve been dreaming of for years. How do we muster up the courage as well as the resources to take the big step? What can we do today to prepare for the time when we leave the workforce and join the world of startups? How do we make the move in this new direction? We have to find out, before making the big move.

3S BEYOND 50 helps you decide what you may want to pursue and how to go about planning the transition.

Some of us feel the need to leave a legacy.
As we grow older, a lot of us begin thinking about what we plan to leave behind, not in terms of money, but in terms of service, lasting results or influence. Research shows a legacy is an essential component of lasting success.

A legacy is part of what gives us Significance. 3S BEYOND 50, in helping us seek Significance, will help us define the legacy we leave behind.

As we grow older, we need to learn to network better; to find new friends and contacts who we can relate to in a meaningful way. As we retire from work, our network of work friends will slowly disappear; move away; develop new interests; be too sick to socialize or even die. To stay healthy and connected we’d need to develop other networks, with like minded people. We’ll need to develop networking and social media skills.

3S BEYOND 50 will help you define a course of action that will help strengthen our network as part of the plan for finding Satisfaction beyond the point of retirement.

Its for everyone approaching or beyond 50

So whether you are a man or a woman, whether you are married or single, whether you are working full time, part time or unemployed, 3S BEYOND 50 will guide you as you try to navigate the unfamiliar territory of life beyond 50.

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About rcullen2015

I am an author, attorney, mediator and Professor of Law at the Santa Clara University. My first book was 'The Leading Lawyer, a Guide to Practicing Law and Leadership'. Now I am working on a book about 3S: Success, Significance and Satisfaction for the 50+ crowd.
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