BookWatch: How to find happiness when you’re afraid of retirement

The 60-something executive looked around to make sure no one could hear him, leaned in and whispered to me, “I’m afraid to retire. I could never just do … nothing.”

This gentleman was voicing a secret fear of many people on the verge of retirement. As he confessed, “I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. You can only play so much golf.”

It’s understandable. For decades he’s had somewhere to go every day. He’s had a full calendar with customers and employees counting on them. He’s had purpose, direction, meaning.

Then … he retires and the career carpet is pulled out from underneath him.

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