If you wish to retire …


#030 Stand up II (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))

“If you wish to retire, you do not have the right job.” – Mathias Sager

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About mathias sager

Independent researcher, artist, social entrepreneur, and leadership and strategy advisor I was born in Zurich in 1975 and grew up in Switzerland. The last six years I lived in Tokyo, and currently, I’m staying in Pune/India. I love open-minded people everywhere and the passion to working relentlessly for developing human potential, which is an overarching theme throughout all his work. I have extensive experience in leadership and management, organizational psychology research, and learning & development practice. I have worked as a teacher, a leadership trainer, as well as a senior manager responsible for client relationships, counseling, and virtual teams around the world. Also, I’m a social entrepreneur and serving as a strategy and leadership advisor in different ways. My goal is to inspire with interdisciplinary, innovative, and cross-cultural approaches to personal and professional development for the people’s individual well-being and common good alike. Continuously learning himself and keen to help, I appreciate any questions or feedback you may have at any time. Please connect here on any social media, as well as per direct email goodthings@mathias-sager.com.
  • Not sure if I quite agree. Retiring doesn’t necessarily mean “quitting.” Retiring can be a natural progression in life transforming one type of productive meaningful work into another. I retired at 55 years of age in 2014 and continue to experience growth through purposeful living.

    Retiring to avoid negative emotions associated with “drudgery” would more closely fit your quote.

    Something to consider. 🙂

    Have a great weekend.

    • Thank you for your valuable comment.
      I agree that my point is not the whole possible story. There are indeed people retiring in the sense of quitting work at all, and others (like you) are continuing their work, staying creative / productive. Although I think that my statement actually holds true, I have to admit, I am talking about an ideal that is difficult to achieve, i.e., a work that is providing for true fulfillment, the kind of activity one would also pursue in leisure time. In such an ideal situation of “dream job” one would even not change anything about the current job/activity/work. Like a politician who prefers re-election rather than retirement, or an artist who will not stop painting at 65; also certain teachers wouldn’t stop teaching when achieving a certain age, and self-employed people often just continue as long as their health is allowing. Again, I am talking about an ideal, we all need to consider compromises in the economically dictated life
      Have a good rest of the weekend too and good start into the new week!

      • I appreciate your response. This proves people do not have to agree about everything 100% of the time, yet can maintain a healthy discourse. Where would growth from new ideas and new perceptions come from if the blogging world simply agreed about everything? Nice to converse with you and share our individual views on this subject.

      • Thank you, Jonathan. Indeed. That’s what I also meant with “valuable” comment that you shared your personal view; personal and situational context matters and helps to interpret, relativise, and apply a statement/idea … Looking forward to the next “discourse”:-)

  • I reasonate with this. ? Else vote with feet?

  • Patty says:

    Beautiful piece of art, Mathias.

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  • azuremorn says:

    Nice post full of valuable reflections. Thanks for the share.