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Today marks another milestone as I hit the 67th year in my life. To be honest, I thought my "best before" date was a few years ago, given some life events. So here are a few things I learned along the way - many of which were picked up from some smart "lifers" on the journey.

Life is a sentence, not a word, so express it in the most illustrious way possible

People will come and go in your life. Try and leave something positive in everyone's life when you have a chance.

Do something good for a stranger even if it is of absolutely no benefit to you. It might change their lives in so many more ways.

The people you are privileged to work with, who report to you, are the ones who will be directly responsible for your success or failure - never forget that regardless of high up in the org you may be. You are standing on the shoulders of giants.

My fave from Mark Twain - "It's not the size of the dog in the bight, it's the size of the fight in the dog", meaning, "how badly do you want this...."

Retirement (or semi) is something no one prepares for. Plan your work and work your plan. It will make transition easier. You have nothing left to prove, except to yourself and the ones whom ever matter in your life.

Peace out

-JP
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Congratulations and happy birthday, JP! Thanks for sharing those thoughts.
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Bottoms up. Happy birthday. Your macaroons will be put to good use.
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Congrat's on making it to the last round , the drinks are on you .

Enjoyed your pearls of wisdom , I'll share a couple on retirement.

No matter what the cost always keep the best health insurance you possibly can afford.

No matter how soon you started , or how well you have planned for retirement;
PLAN BETTER

You will frequently run out of money before you run out of month.
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Nice post. Happy Birthday!
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Happy birthday! After 46 years away my wife and i are moving back to our roots in ohio. Big deal at 70, hope to get another ten years or so of scooting in. Live it up!!
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Happy 67
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HBD Soul Surfer.

Here's one I live by from the corporate world: when you think you are communicating too much, it's probably just about right. Works well in life too.

Best Miguel
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Happy Birthday, Soul Surfer. Hope you enjoy this next trip around the sun! Like you, I never thought I'd live this long. I remember my Mother saying, "Getting old isn't for sissies" - I didn't really appreciate that until I was looking at 60 in the rear view mirror.

Best wishes!
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Many happy returns of the day (belated)
nice way to celebrate your bday. Those quotes are solid but I wonder how many try and follow them.
Have a drink and enjoy being you.
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baba12 wrote:
Many happy returns of the day (belated)
nice way to celebrate your bday. Those quotes are solid but I wonder how many try and follow them.
Have a drink and enjoy being you.
Thank you. I actually did follow these. As a retired senior exec in I.T., I often refused my bonuses to have them distributed to my staff who were the real heroes. I am certainly no saint but I definitely learned humility through some harder lessons growing up. And helping others and giving, had always provided more satisfaction to me than I ever thought possible.
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Soul Surfer wrote:
baba12 wrote:
Many happy returns of the day (belated)
nice way to celebrate your bday. Those quotes are solid but I wonder how many try and follow them.
Have a drink and enjoy being you.
Thank you. I actually did follow these. As a retired senior exec in I.T., I often refused my bonuses to have them distributed to my staff who were the real heroes. I am certainly no saint but I definitely learned humility through some harder lessons growing up. And helping others and giving, had always provided more satisfaction to me than I ever thought possible.
Happy Birthday and thank you for your kindness towards others. This is certainly a rare thing nowadays. Money is usually the root to all evils, so knowing there are some good fellows out there that would do this for their peers is always great to know. I certainly don't see this where I work, that's for sure.
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Wisdom
SoulSurfer,

Sensitive, generous and rides a scooter. These things can go together.

Thanks for your wisdom.

Bob Copeland
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Crap! Keep forgetting to post in the thread. Happy belated man and may there be many more macaroons in your future!
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Happy birthday JP!

Looks like we have our age in common, plus a similar approach to leadership.

Thanks for sharing, very much appreciated! 🙂
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Happy belated Birthday! I just turned 40 last month, myself, and while I know it's not 67 - it was definitely a, "Whoa...I'm *forty*" kinda day.

Here's to wishing you many, many more happy and healthy circles around the sun.

Cheers!
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So I am only 66.....but likely close enough. I do find that I do not feel that old, and hope i don't look that old. This is a new world and 66 or 67 is not really that old, not what we thought of old when we were young. So my advice don't focus on age, feel your life, be active, exercise and if we are healthy can live a whole lot more years. There is data to show that.

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I turned 67 last February and hope I have several road years left. I have the scooter to hedge my bets, a lightweight bike that is easier to move around than my 750 that still wrinkles pavement when I drag it out of the garage.

Since my Dad rode his bike until he was 89, I'm hoping to match his quality of life.
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