In the business world, we speak in positive terminology. We motivate, we encourage each other to be great and we work together towards a common goal. We use terms like commitment, vision, inspiration, passion and synergy. And even though I am enjoying every minute of my Early Working Retirement, I can't help but explore how these business concepts can apply to my retirement activities.
I am a teacher, but I don't consider teaching to be work because I love what I do. I not only teach computers to pay the bills, but I look for teachable moments in every aspect of my life. I teach footbag to others and as a father, I'm always working with my son so he can improve his skills and bring his expertise forward through life. I am also a student. I learn new things everyday, I seek knowledge like it is a game and I continue doing the things I am passionate about.
Being great at something takes commitment. Not just lip service, but real actionable steps towards constant improvement. With my footbag career, playing everyday won't make a dent in the way the world works, but it shows my commitment to the sport and I hope it inspires others to keep practicing what they are passionate about. Being the best involves an in-depth understanding of the topic, but also a big picture vision for what the future could hold. While I see that the popularity of footbag has ebbed and flowed over time, I see a future where footbag is embraced by schools as a great, inexpensive and fun way to keep kids moving and where it is part of their sports rotation in gym class. Footbag is a no brainer for schools because what other fun and social activity also doubles as exercise? I hope that someday, my passion for footbag will create a synergy that results in a steady income. But if I were in it for the money, I would have been gone a long time ago.
Watch my movie, "Resolutions" and see how exercising with a footbag every day for 2500 days in a row has kept me healthy and young. By being healthy, I can focus on important things like my Early Working Retirement!
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