I don't have to work anymore...Really?

As I sat at my financial advisor’s desk for my annual review, he started the conversation by stating, “You don’t have to work anymore.”

“Really?” I thought.

At the time, I was an Engineering Director responsible for leading a team of about 50 engineers. Over the previous 30 years, I had served in various leadership roles within corporations. At times, I led teams of over 200 people. Now, at age 52, I found myself a multi-millionaire. I no longer had to work if I didn’t want to, but I did want to. I knew though, that I didn’t want to continue doing the same sort of work. I had been there and done that. I was ready for a new adventure and a new way to make a contribution to the world.

Over the previous six years, I had developed an interest in writing and had published several books. My most successful book was Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing. I targeted rock climbers with an interest in toughening up their mental strength. You see, I am an avid rock climber with over 25 years’ experience in rock climbing. I really enjoyed the promotional aspects of authoring Vertical Mind, like speaking, writing, and presenting workshops; but I wanted to work in an area where I would have more impact on people’s lives. I wanted to change people’s lives in a much bigger way than I could through climbing alone. What would my new focus be? How could I help people in a bigger way?

In my next blog post, I'll explain how.