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How to avoid the perils of leisure in your second half

Oct 31, 2016, 7:15am EDT

Rogers Kirven was about to cash out his successful business. It would have given him enough money so that he would never have to work for the rest of his life.

Kirven had worked extremely hard to get to this enviable position, and he wanted to reward himself.

He envisioned the life of his dreams: More time with his wife and family, never having to start each day with a trip to the office, and most of all, freedom.

The day was almost there when all he had to do was sign his name and he would have enough cash to do whatever he wanted for the rest of his life. For some reason, just before he was to close the deal he decided to celebrate with two long-time buddies who had sold their companies a few years earlier.

They met at a restaurant in Washington D.C., and very soon into the conversation Kirven began to get nervous.

“The first thing they told me was that they had new wives,” he said. “I’d known one of them for 15 years; the other for seven years. Both of them had cashed out to spend more time with their families!”

Confused and disconnected

The conversation never got much beyond their toys and leisure activities, and the more they talked, the more terrified he became. Instead of being excited about their lives, they seemed confused and disconnected, still wondering what to do with their lives…READ MORE