Keeping Score in Retirement

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Randy and Gary discuss whether keeping score in retirement makes sense. We both spent long careers measuring ourselves against our peers and cultural norms. Competing was implicit in our work environments. Promotions, winning new business, or just being recognized for our capabilities were important metrics. Even our recreational activities like golfing, running, and bicycling often included keeping score.

In retirement, we can travel, golf, hike, bike, or take up painting. While meant to be relaxing and enjoyable, these activities could present opportunities to measure ourselves and compare our results to others. The reality is that, with the exception of a few professional athletes, age impacts our ability to perform competitively. Should we even bother keeping score in retirement?

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4 comments on “Keeping Score in Retirement

  1. David Allen says:

    I feel called out but I’m only mid 40’s so there’s still time to change 😅

    1. Gary Ebersole says:

      I will have to confess that I have been unable to wean myself from my Strava. Some progress in that I’m not comparing my times against my 70-74-year-old cohorts on the app, but I still check back to see how I’m doing compared to my earlier times and PRs. I have decided wanting to stay fit is a good thing and if keeping score helps in that respect, I should do it, right?

      1. Marjorie says:

        Good topic.

  2. Judy Henry says:

    I wasn’t excited about the title,,,,,the idea of keeping score has never been a ruling part of my life. When we had to give our long term goals on a work assessment survey, I always said, my goals were to do the best moment to moment,
    The discussion was delightful, and I really love the change in both of you. I understand the score keeping in your professional life, and how wonderful that you are realizing the joy of just Being instead of Doing. Very helpful to all of us. Gracias.

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