Retirement Is The Start, Not The End

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Throughout history, men and women have proven that the limits of age are simply a myth.

From following personal passions, to helping people in need, to pushing the very limits of human existence, these people are proof that retirement is not a barrier – it’s an opportunity. And it should be the same for you.

JAN SMITH - CLIMBED MT. EVEREST AT AGE 68

Jan Smith isn’t a household name. Previously a clinical psychologist from Melbourne, in 2012 she became the second oldest person to climb Mt. Everest, completing the feat at the age of 68. Putting two failed attempts behind her, and the fact that she was left out of her climbing troupe for being “too slow,” Jan scaled the summit and proved that age is simply no barrier. 

PAUL NEWMAN - STARTED 'NEWMAN'S OWN' AT AGE 57

After mainstream success in some of the 20th century’s most well-known films (The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cool Hand Luke), at the age of 57, Paul Newman turned to more philanthropic interests, donating his time and resources to helping people in need. In doing so he created ‘Newman’s Own,’ a brand of salad dressings where all proceeds are donated to charitable organisations the world over. Since 1982, it has become one of the world’s most stocked supermarket brands and, as of 2014, has raised in excess of $400 million in donations.

PETER ROGET - INVENTED THE THESAURUS AT AGE 73

A British physician, theologian, painter and lexicographer by trade, over time Peter Mark Roget began compiling his years of work studying the English language into a useful verbal classification system – one that we know today as the Thesaurus. Roget invented the 15,000 word first edition at the age of 73 in 1805.

COLONEL SANDERS - CREATED KFC AT AGE 65

Colonel Harland David Sanders, or ‘The Colonel’ as he is known, performed a range of odd jobs before eventually creating the global Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise at the age of 65. In a previous life he’d been a steam engine stoker, labourer, cleaner, insurance salesman, ferry boat owner and textile manufacturer.

MINORU SAITO - SAILED AROUND THE WORLD AT AGE 77

Practically an unknown in his home country of Japan, Minoru Saito sailed around the world, sailing west to-east – the ‘wrong way around’ – in 2011 against incredible winds and currents. In achieving the impossible he became the oldest person to circumnavigate the globe. When he finished his eighth voyage he was 77 years and 8 months old.

NELSON MANDELA - BECAME PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA AT AGE 75

One of the most influential people of the last century, Nelson Mandela rose to the office of President of South Africa at the age of 75. After 27 years in prison, he ended apartheid, led his country to reconciliation, and picked up the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Whether it’s setting records, or a simple business interest that you might have, just remember that with the right planning, anything in retirement is possible.

So why not talk to an adviser now?

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