Discover Your Passion

Are You Just Existing and Calling it a Life?

“For those who want to find real value in their personal lives, this book will help refocus their direction and help them to get on a journey that is truly important.” Ernie Zelinski, Author of “How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free”

Our passions define us, inspire us, empower us and ultimately give our lives meaning and purpose beyond merely existing. But too many people have resigned themselves to accepting life rather than grabbing for all they can. Their existence is made up of boring and uninspired day-to-day routines offering no true fulfillment with no end in sight.

Rather than just existing, instead of merely accepting life we have the power to choose to pursue what matters most to us. But to do so we need to find and follow our individual passion.

Hear what readers are saying about the book:

“I wish this book were around years ago. The 5-8 years I toyed with what the next step would be could have been shaved to about one year.”

“The book confirmed for me that it is time to pursue my interests and passions, not just continue on the path that is secure and helps pay the bills. I am so much happier now because I am pursuing my passion.”

 “Thanks to this author, I was able to see positive elements that exist in my life today and recognizing opportunities for improvement.”

  • Learn how to better understand the roots of passion through examples and personal experiences shared by others who have found their passion
  • Uncover what drives passion in others and see how that may trigger your own discovery.
  • Discover specific ways to define and follow what inspires you, what turns you on and what can make every day worth living.
  • Find out how you can personally empower your passion to find purpose.

“This is a valuable resource for anyone seeking more spark in any arena of life, whether personal, career, or retirement.” Andy Landis, Author of “When I Retire”

By understanding the source of these passions and identifying specific steps to empower each we can hope to take the first steps toward generating a blueprint of our purpose and the life we could be and should be living.

Why settle for less?

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A Roadmap for Retirement

A Guest Post by Dr. Patrice Jenkins

While standing in the checkout line at Walgreens, the title of a magazine caught my attention: The Best of Europe: 100 Must-See Destinations. I reached for the magazine and thumbed through the pages that feature beautiful locations, delicious food, and tucked away places to stay. My first thought, “I should buy this magazine and make a plan to do everything that’s featured. This magazine can be my map for the next couple years of retirement.”

Fortunately, the price of the magazine was just high enough to give me reason to pause and think: What is it about this magazine that is so appealing?  Why am I drawn to the idea of having someone else provide an answer to: “What will I do all day?” I think I know why.

For the past 25 years, my life has been directed by work and family obligations. I haven’t had to decide what to do all day, its been decided for me. If you’re reading Dave Bernard’s blog, I can assume that you’re in a similar situation. Outside influences have provided structure and direction, as well as a sense of purpose.

Like it or not, this new stage of life called retirement doesn’t come with a map or a how-to guide. Our days have shifted from being directed by outside forces to inner-direction. While having so much freedom may sound great, the past 25 years have not prepared us for this task (which may explain why I was looking to a magazine for direction).

Fortunately, we don’t have to hand our futures over to a magazine editor. Instead, by creating a vision for the future, tapping into a sense of discovery, and breaking the timeframe into two-year increments, we can regain our sense of direction and look forward to a self-directed life. Here are three steps to get started:

  1. Create a vision for how you want to live in retirement.

A vision of how you want to live your life serves as a great roadmap in retirement. To get the creative juices flowing, look through magazines of all kinds (not just your favorite ones) and cut out pictures, images, and words that catch your attention. You don’t have to know why you’re drawn to something. If you pause, cut and paste.

Another approach is to reflect on the following questions, then write a rich description of the life you want to live.

What do I want more of in my life?  Family, friends, reflective time, …

Where I want to travel and what do I want to see?

What do I want my living environment to look like?

What skills do I want to learn or further develop?

  1. Tap into your sense of discovery.

The magazine’s pictures of Italy reminded me of the time when my husband and I were in Rome. One evening we selected a restaurant that was listed in a tourist guidebook and then spent a couple hours looking for it, walking past by several other eateries along the way. It wasn’t so much that we needed a place to eat. What we needed was an adventure—a sense of discovery. Be sure to tap into your sense of adventure when creating your retirement roadmap.

  1. Two-Year Increments.

You don’t have to figure out what to do with the rest of your life. Instead, what would you like to do for the next two years? Coming up with a plan for two years is less daunting than figuring out what you want to do for the next 10, 20 or 30 years.

“Your imagination is the preview to life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein

Dr. Patrice Jenkins is an expert on the social-psychological side of retirement. She applies her research on thriving at work, retirement research, and happiness studies to help individuals design rewarding retirement lifestyles.

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