When Should You Retire?

It depends.

If you’re a jockey in Indonesia, it might be before you’re 10 years old.  

If you’re a professional football player, it might be in your 20’s or 30’s. Andrew Luck — at age 29 — announced his retirement as quarterback for the Colts in the prime of his career.    

The Bryan Brothers, who have been without doubt the most successful American men in professional tennis, are planning to retire from the sport after the 2020 US Open.  They’ll be 42 years old. 

Not all people are so sure when they want to retire or if they want to retire at all. Tom Brady is 42. When asked on Sunday after his big loss to the Tennessee Titans whether he might retire, he said, “I would say it’s pretty unlikely, but yeah, hopefully unlikely.” And Roger Federer is keeping millions of his fans guessing!  Probably because he isn’t sure.

Whether you’re joyful, resigned, nervous or ambivalent about retiring, it probably makes sense to consult with a coach about what to expect in “Phase Two.” Not everyone needs a detailed plan to make retirement successful. But thinking through what brings you joy or pain and the likely changes in family dynamics you’ll experience will make “Day One” and the many days thereafter much more fulfilling, fun, and rewarding.

To discuss your situation with a knowledgeable retirement coach, contact Margaret M. Enloe, Esq. This seasoned professional serves clients throughout New York City. With more than 30 years of experience working with people, she’s proud to help individuals transition out of the workforce.  To see what she brings to the table, visit her website. Send her an email to schedule a session.