You Own Your Dream

Recently, I was at group lunch with 20 colleagues from Raytheon. Fifteen fellow retirees were relaxed with smiling faces. The 5 who were still working had frown lines and green eyes – green with envy.

We, the retirees, were talking about adjusting to life as a retiree. Some of us adjusted quickly, others not so much. We all had different lives as retirees.

One enjoyed the peace and quiet of his house, until his spouse came home <as I was proofreading this, it seems bad, but I swear he didn’t mean it that way … just saying 😉 >. He also travelled some. Another is working off his honey-do list of home improvement projects. And another ramped up her passion – UCLA football. While working, losing a day for each and every UCLA home game was impractical (you can’t attend a college football game without tailgating, can you?). Now she has season tickets.

People who follow me on Facebook commented on how “busy” I was. But I explained, “it’s not like I’m work busy — I am busy living my dream.”

In my retirement, I am a part of several tribes:

Toastmasters

Darren LaCroix’s World Champions’ EDGE

Get Paid To Speak Group

Patricia Fripp’s Virtual Training

Craig Duswalt’s RockStar MasterMind

RockStar Worldwide Radio Network

Maurice DiMino’s Master Class

Casey Eberhart’s Platinum Inner Circle

Groundlings Improv & Sketch Comedy School

Melissa Skoff Acting Class

PRPR (promoting my magazine articles)

The people in these tribes have a different view of the pace of my activity:

Many Toastmasters ask me “why are you repeating the basic manual and not working the advanced Manuals?” “Why aren’t you an area governor?” “Why don’t you want to be a DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest educational award?”

My answer is, “No, I don’t want to be a DTM. It’s not my dream (may Dr. Ralph C. Smedley, the Founder of Toastmasters, strike me dead.”

Some of the questions I hear in the other tribes are:

Why aren’t you chasing paid speaking opportunities more?

Why aren’t you accessing Fripp-VT training enough? (Patricia personally reminds me of my level of inactivity)

Why aren’t you growing your list or you business fast enough?

Why aren’t you seeking acting jobs?

Why don’t you blog more?

Why, why, why?

I feel like I am both the busiest retiree on the planet … and a slacker!

My roles - Walt 2.0

My roles – Walt 2.0

My priorities are:

  • My Health
  • My Relationship
  • My Retirement Portfolio
  • My Radio Show
  • And then Speaking, Improv, Acting, Stand-up, Blogging, Writing (Magazine Articles and Books), Coaching (Retirees, Speakers and Comedians) and Toastmasters

What I work on in the last group depends on commitments I’ve made and how I feel.

I don’t judge my fellow retirees. They own their dream and the pace at which they choose to follow it.

I don’t judge my fellow speakers. They own their dream and the pace at which they choose to follow it.

I don’t judge my fellow performers. They own their dream and the pace at which they choose to follow it.

I don’t judge my fellow writers. They own their dream and the pace at which they choose to follow it.

We were all living our dreams.

You choose your dream and you choose your pace. You get results based on your choices.

Let me repeat that.

You choose your dream and you choose your pace. You get results based on your choices.

Your family, your friends, your peers and your coaches may support you and advise you … or they may not.

But you and only you OWN YOUR DREAM!

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Walt Grassl hosts the weekly radio show “Stand Up and Speak Up” on the RockStar Worldwide Network, Thursdays at 11am Pacific. Listen Live or to the podcast later.

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Comments

  1. Hi Walt,

    It seems to me you have a very high awareness of living your life the way you want to live it. Most people let their life live them! Good job.

  2. As a Certified Life Coach and a builder of my own dream with my direct sales company, I can’t applaud this article with any more enthusiasm! It’s admirable that you provide growth tools for yourself but there is only so many voices you can listen to. Bravo to you for being able to listen to the loudest (YOURS!) and moving forward with that one!

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