The other day, a client of mine said she’s really looking forward to the comfort of retirement.
Experience shows that retirement often means an increase in visits to the doctor, an increase in prescriptions, even an increase in depression. And for my dad, an early death. My dad retired at 60 and he died an old man at 63. My coach, Dan Sullivan, likes to say, “We die when the applause stops.” My dad was a very successful interior decorator. He was really good. He got lots of applause, lots of acknowledgement for his unique ability. When he retired, the applause stopped and he died.
Now, that doesn’t fit for everyone. But I think it fits for most entrepreneurs. As you’ve heard me talk about this in the past, you are an entrepreneur who is currently selling homes or currently closing loans. As an entrepreneur, what makes you unique is that you don’t want comfort. You want challenge. You want adventure. Maybe you’ve heard me say this in the past, but it’s really worth repeating. At the turn of the century cod fish were in much demand on the east coast. News of the tasty fish quickly spread across the country all the way to the west coast. There was however a problem. How could they get the cod fish across the country and still keep it fresh?
They tried to freeze the fish and send it by rail, the fastest means at the time. But when it was prepared it turned out to be very mushy and lacked flavor.
Then someone decided to ship the fish live turning railroad cars into huge saltwater aquariums. When the cod fish arrived they were alive but when they were prepared they were still mushy and tasteless.
After studying the cod fish someone discovered that their natural enemy was the catfish. This time when the cod fish were put in the tanks, they placed a few catfish in with them. Those catfish chased the cod fish all the way across the country to the west coast.
This time when the cod fish were prepared, they were flaky and had the same flavor as they did when they were caught fresh and prepared on the east coast. You see, the catfish kept the cod from becoming stale.
Whats or who is the catfish in your life keeping you challenged so you stay fresh?