Pick one: Retire now or Retire never

Work, save, pay, repeat—that’s the cycle of our lives until retirement. And it’s exhausting.

If you’re like me—and like the majority of working Americans—you’re fed up with waiting for retirement and worrying that all your hard work won’t mean enough savings.

But I’m here to tell you that your worries are over.

You can retire RIGHT NOW.

Because the rat race that The System has us buying into? It’s the biggest lie of all, and they have most of America swallowing it.

I’m going to tell you how to break free of The System and get your dream retirement immediately. There’s only one catch: It’s now or never!

The first step is the easiest: admit to yourself that working for 40 years to eek out a meager retirement fund is not enough. You only get one life.

How do you want to spend your time?

In the grand scheme of things, money is nothing. It’s just a symbol for other things that have value. One of the most valuable is time.

Time is a completely unrenewable resource. Once you’ve spent it, you can’t get it back.

So do you want to slave away until the age of 70, or do you want to start enjoying the bliss of retirement now?

I think I can guess your answer.

So, now for step two: Let go of the idea of retirement.

Retirement as we know it is a lie fed to us by The System to make sure we spend the best of our time making someone else rich. We work away the years when we are at our mental and physical peak so that we can rest and enjoy our life in the so called ‘golden years.’

Even though rest in your older years is important, it can’t provide you with everything that you want out of life. At the age of 70 (which is the lower end of the estimated average age of retirement in the next decade) your body has started to decline.

You might look great for your age—but you look great for your age.

You will no longer be in peak physical condition like you were 30, 20, or even 10 years ago. All the things you wanted to do in life—learn a second language, travel the world, hike the Appalachian trail, take swing dancing classes—may no longer be a possibility.

So what was the point in spending all your best years so that you can rest once their over?

There is none. Well, not for you at least. For the guys in charge, this retirement lie means high productivity and high profits for them, while the hardworking ‘little guy’ gets the short end of the stick.

But there is a way out of the rat race. All you have to do is follow the exit signs.

They’re easy to see. Increased stress and exhaustion is the first one. A feeling of restlessness is another. And the urge to escape means it’s time to do just that.

You might be thinking, “this is all well and good but how do I do that?”

I’ll tell you—mini retirements.

You’ve probably heard the phrase thrown around before. You might have even considered it as an option. But even with the number of people taking this opportunity on the rise, the majority of workers are not taking this route.

And why is that?

Fear. Fear of the unknown. We’ve been fed the retirement lie along with comforting words like ‘safety,’ ‘smart,’ ‘secure,’ and the like. Words that lull us into making the same mistake generation.

The masses are too afraid to consider mini retirements because The System has told us that it’s too risky, and traditional retirement is the only way to make sure you are ‘safe’ and ‘taken care of.’

But it’s just not true!

So how do you take your mini retirement?

Easy. You decide where you want to go and how long you want to go for, and then you plan accordingly. Most mini retirements last between three months and a year, and at the end of them, people return to work, though perhaps in a new (maybe better) job.

You could spend three months sailing the pacific, or learn French in Paris, or write the book you’ve always said you wanted to.

The key with a mini retirement is purpose. You have to set out with a clear goal in mind, and follow it through.

The first step of that, of course, is finances.

Here’s the good news though: saving for a mini retirement is a lot easier than saving for traditional retirement. Because instead of saving for 20 years, you’re only saving for 1 at a time.

Most people who do take advantage of mini retirements find them fulfilling, even lifechanging, and take several additional mini retirements after the first.

The average is one every five years or so, but that timeline is completely dependent on what you want and need.

Don’t let The System steal away the best years of your life—go live them!

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