“Why are you here?” I asked.  The For­tune 500 Exec­u­tive respond­ed, “Because I am burnt out and exhaust­ed.”  “The com­pa­ny keeps reduc­ing our depart­ment and adding more work load to those of us that aren’t cut.”  “I am work­ing six­ty to eighty hours a week.”  “I want to find out how soon I can quit/retire.”

What about retire­ment?”  I asked the small busi­ness own­er.  “I don’t want to retire.  I love what I do.”  “I want to be finan­cial­ly inde­pen­dent and not have to work, but I want to keep work­ing.”  “I feel alive and ener­gized by my job.”

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