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A 90-year study of 1,528 Americans called The Longevity Project shoots holes in the retirement dream. Turns out goofing off for the last thirty years of our lives is a really bad idea.

The idea that work is leading you to an early grave is a myth. This massive study proved what we’ve been saying for years now.

Know where you’re going.
People with the most focused long-term paths in the study were the least likely to die young. Looking at the participants in the study who were in their 70s, those that had not retired were looking at much longer lives than their golfing counterparts: “The continually productive men and women lived much longer than their laid-back comrades.”

Also, those who moved from job to job without a clear progression were less likely to have long lives than those who went deep and long in a focused direction with their business lives. We call this a commitment to the long term, “conation”.

Conate, You’ll Live Longer.
Conation is the most important business word you’ve never heard, but is central to a long life. We define conation as, “Committed Movement in a Purposeful Direction.”

“It wasn’t the happiest or the most relaxed older participants who lived the longest,” the authors write. “It was those who were most engaged in pursuing their goals.”

Knowing where you’re going, and being committed and focused to get there (conation), is going to make you live longer.

Conation – Committed Movement in a Purposeful Direction.

Live With Purpose, Not Just to Play.
This study doesn’t mean you need to go to work for 90 years. It means you need to rethink going out to pasture at 65 to play golf. Amusement isn’t the goal. Think of the Latin roots of that word – “a” means “without”, and “muse” means “to think”

Amusement – something you do without your brain.

Make Meaning
A commitment to a life of retirement leisure is a great way to die sooner. You don’t have to go to work; you just need to figure out how to continue to Make Meaning even if you’re done making money.

Retirement is a bankrupt Industrial Age idea. Live a life of significance your whole life, not just the first 2/3rds of it.

Conate. You’ll live longer.



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James

01/22/13

Chuck,
So you are not a big fan of education,“Education Is Not Important For Success”, yet you highly value the research “Education” does. Guess what. If you want universities to exist, if only for research purposes, students at said universities are a necessary evil. TANSTAAFL.


neil singer

01/28/13

It breaks my heart to think of all the people that view retirement as the long term goal. What a waste of the best hours of the best years of your life.


Chuck

01/28/13

James,
I don’t want universities to exist for research purposes or highly value them for it. Although you are right, they do treat students as “a necessary evil” to pay for them to do it. If someone thinks it’s of value to pay for it, it will get done. If not, it won’t. I could find bunches of research done by private research firms on longevity – this one was just the newest, shiniest research. I watch football, too, but wouldn’t miss it either if it was decided they would stop playing it because of the physical damage to the players.

Neil – thanks for your thoughts. The more we talk about these things, the more people might look for the alternatives.


well i am really impressed with you thought and good idea MAY BE YOU ARE RIGHT ITS NICE THANKS FOR sharing your knowledge.




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