Secret #47 Learn a New Skill

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When you were working your life was full of problem solving and decision making on different levels. Now that your retired the loss of these stimulus can mean you get mentally and physically lazy.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to play piano or build a cabinet, there’s no better time than after you retire. Forbes says you could even take on several new skills every year.

New skills to learn in retirement
Top ten skills to learn in retirement
  • new language. Planning to do some travelling in retirement? …
  • Bridge. Played by over 220 million people worldwide, bridge is the most popular card game in the world. …
  • Photography. …
  • Painting. …
  • Computer skills. …
  • Upcycling. …
  • Creative writing. …
  • Yoga.

Learning new skills in retirement is a great way to keep your mind active and healthy. This can help you to avoid dementia in later life. Learning new skills in retirement can include going back into education or taking up a new hobby.

Improving Your Memory

Many people assume that your memory automatically deteriorates as you get older, but this is not necessarily true. Through training your mind, you can train your memory to improve. 

There are several mental exercises that you can do to improve your memory, including memorising list of names or numbers or playing games that require you to test your memory (for example, seeing several pairs of cards for ten seconds and matching them up again). Improving your memory can also improve your concentration as it helps your mind to become more alert.

So what should you do in retirement?

Start by asking yourself a few questions: What are you interested in? What are you passionate about? What will provide that feeling of contentment when you put your head on the pillow each night?

You see, in your retirement years, if you’ve properly saved and mapped out a retirement plan, you have the benefit of knowing your nest egg is there. You have financial security on your side. You’re no longer confined to your job because you have bills to pay. This puts you in the driver’s seat. In our working years, many of us are focused on providing for ourselves and our family while paying down debt and building wealth. 

In retirement, you can change your focus to engaging in activities which bring you joy, fulfillment, and where you can make the most lasting impact for yourself and your community. 

For retirees, the future is now. 

Now you can completely shift your attention to what it is that drives you, to what you are passionate about to your core. The fabric of our beings are woven in such a way to drive purpose and conviction and now you can follow this wholeheartedly with all of the time in the world. You can wake up each day and ask yourself, “how will I achieve my purpose today?” This is living in retirement. 

This is what it means to retire well. This is what a fulfilling retirement looks like. This… is the new you!

Taking up new hobbies or learning new skills in your retirement years are ideal ways to keep your mind and body active. 

From golfing to skiing, learning new languages, music or using basic functions on a computer or tablet, savvy seniors have shown it is never too late to learn. In fact, many courses that are designed to be taken from home are now giving older people an opportunity to have fulfilling second careers.

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