E41: What Happens when Rabbi Lapin Crushes Retirement Myths
In this episode, we’re joined once again by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. He enlightens us on the biggest retirement myths, the biblical implications, and what leaving a legacy really means.
Retirement Myths and Legacy Topics Discussed:
- Does the bible mention retirement
- Why there isn’t a Hebrew word for retirement
- The retirement myth and misfocus
- Re-engineering your career to find enthusiasm for what you do
- Is Rabbi Lapin against volunteering
- Finding balance by living in the past, present, and future
- What leaving a legacy really means
- Planning for your children’s children’s future
- Leaving your Legacy in trusted hands
Connect with Rabbi Lapin:
“There is no word for it even in the Hebrew language, it just doesn’t exist. And the reason is because it’s negative. People’s lives do not improve when they retire.”
On a deep level your soul recognizes that money is the way you prove that you are really being useful.
the part of our life that involves work, our professional career, that works best when it is in exchange for money. Because it is money that proves that you really are being useful.
One of the qualities of the Lord is eternalism. …And what this helps us relate to is that in the final analysis, ultimately human satisfaction comes from living not just in the present but in the past and the future as well.
somebody with a full and complete relationship with God and a spiritual reality is somebody who is as tied to the past as he is to the future, as he is to the present. Legacy is one of the ways of living forever.
if you thought you’re going to live for a very, very, very long time, you do all kinds of wonderful things. If you think you’re going to live for a very, very short time, nothing matters.
The beauty of legacy is realizing that if you handle things right … It’s almost the same as living forever.
I would say this to Henry Ford and I would say this to the MacArthur’s and I would say it to the Bill and Melinda Gates … I’d say if you really trusted your children, you wouldn’t hire strangers to give away your money and that’s really the key.
How do you raise your family so that you can really trust them to fulfill the wishes that are part of what you bequeathed to them, and that’s the crucial thing.
Actual official time together [with family] spent on conveying values because that’s part of what you want to bequeath. It’s part of a living legacy.