Pre-retirees and retirees have always faced several serious retirement planning challenges. On the one hand, it’s great that many people are living much longer lives than their ancestors. On the other hand, it’s not easy to be financially secure, physically healthy, and emotionally fulfilled for 25 to 30 years in retirement. And the current pandemic only makes living well in retirement more difficult.
Fortunately, we can learn from people who’ve been retired for many years and are flourishing in this stage of their lives. So I asked two successful retirees to share the characteristics they’ve cultivated that have helped them. Both have been retired from their career jobs for several years.