Weekend Reading: Defining Retirement Success and Failure

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Retirement calculators are helpful tools, but they often offer a simplified view of success: not running out of money. But is merely avoiding financial ruin enough?


Key Points:

  • Challenge the traditional metrics of a "successful" retirement, focusing on personal fulfillment and legacy goals
  • Acknowledge that spending patterns and needs can change throughout retirement, requiring adaptable strategies
  • Do you prioritize lifetime spending, leaving a legacy, or a balance of both? Your answer should shape your retirement plan

Why It Matters: Retirement is a journey, not just a destination. By defining your own version of success, you can build a plan that ensures both financial security and a life filled with joy, purpose, and meaningful experiences.