Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

Which of course begs the question: Will you retire?

Being your own boss, being self employed or having your own business usually means you are fortunate enough to be doing what you enjoy. Perhaps then you don't intend to retire at all. Or perhaps you only see yourself going part-time self employed if that is possible.

I joined Ecademy after some seven years of official retirement and suspect I am one of its older members. After many years of teaching, I now do some one to one coaching and occasional public speaking. Despite being more 'retired' than 'working' I find Ecademy extremely useful. I definitely want to 'stay in touch' with the contacts and friends I am making and I want to continue to learn, share and contribute something.

For a while now I have been pondering Ecademy's role for retired business people, and for our role in the network. Whether you are already retired, or soon to do so, or if you are decades away, or indeed if you never plan to 'retire' I would very much like to hear your comments and ideas.

As a starter for ten, I pose these questions:
If you decide to stop 'working', would you still find value in using Ecademy?
If so what might you use it for?
What might you want to contribute?
Would you still want to subscribe at your current level?
And if you wouldn't find value in Ecademy as a retired professional, why not?
And what changes, if any, to the network would make you want to stay a part of it at that stage of your life?

Best Regards
David


David Pitcher
Success Coach
LIfeDesignUK.com

Fred Rutgers

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

How else will I keep in touch with so many friends and interesting people? I will have no other choice! And I woud not want it any different! Let's keep things moving, even after retirement! Fred Rutgers

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Dr JOY Madden

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Some assets of Ecademy

Hi David, Would I use Ecademy when I retire? I don't see what I do as 'work' so retirement doesn't mean that much to me. As long as I can get words down on paper (or into the ether), life continuesÂ… Ecademy is certainly a great place to see the topics that business owners are interested in, such as the blogs. It is also an interesting place to set up debates on all sorts of issues. It also gives you various perspectives on the current affairs of the country. Plus, of course, its blogs get picked up worldwide in a very short space of time. So I see Ecademy as a 'body' to connect with indefinitely. Joy

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Maurice Poole

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

I took voluntary severance from British Energy when they were reorganising my job (and many others') into a total mish-mash and I saw the "writing on the wall" in 1997 so I accepted terms, but there was a 2-year period doing something else in the lead-up to departure in 1999. The "retraining" budget, department's help and some of my lump sum got me into a flirtation with academia but that was not for me. It taught me much though, and part of it has been one of my offerings in business since 2005 when I got out. That was when I joined Ecademy and 2 years later I became a BlackStar. Ecademy led to collaboration, and deepening of friendship, with the Ecademist whose recommendations in 2005 led to my "coming to see", but my own business is not taking off despite networking both here and elsewhere. Attempts to spread the networking with Ecademy, BlackStar and "elsewhere" by trying to start groups ended in failure and in some cases financial loss (and they wonder why I don't start Boardrooms!!). I am in a de facto state of retirement, and wondering if the time has come to ratify it. Would I continue with Ecademy? As a fully paid-up Life Member, there is no reason not to do so. I also like it very much, with occasional exceptions. I hope it does not change too much, beyond the need to hold its own against inferior networks. Please, please Ecademy, don't become any more like those inferior ones!! What contribution would I make? I don't know yet. Perhaps I will blog a bit more, maybe do so better as a result of training on 20 April. Finally, a big Thank You to my friend Andrew Wilcox for his role referenced above. And Thank You too, to new friends met here, some of whom have become great supporters, mutually so I hope.   Maurice

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Amanda Vlahakis

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

I don't think I would use it if not working. Having said that, I'm not convinced I would ever stop working completely one day. Surely I would be bored without challenging in my life, even if part time?

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Richard Parsons

rchrd

Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

I think I realised some time ago that my primary reason for joining Ecademy was to prepare for retirement. So far, the journey has been spiritually rewarding... :)

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Mick Say

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Yes for Sure

Yup My retirement is a long way off - but I will still use Ecademy for catching up with my buddies.. MIck

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Stella Holman "The Connector"

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

David, As a Blackstar LifeMember I have signed up for life with the intention of building a legacy to pass on to my next of kin. Being part of a community is very important to me and a lifeline to anyone I believe no matter what season they are in in their life,I also belong to a International network of people who enjoy travel and I am working towards building up a residual income to help me sustain a good lifestyle and also create time freedom. :-) Best wishes Stella Holman-TheConnector . Social Media Consultancy Combining Technology with Networking to generate LEADS for Business"

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Roger Ings

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

Hi David, As someone whose firm intention is to retire by 31st December, 2012 (!), I've yet to confront the question of whether or not I will allow Ecademy to drift off into the sunset!! My gut reaction is that I will stay, if only for the reasons that others have given, to maintain friends and contacts. Will I actually retire, also debatable at this stage but I am lining up an alternative which will allow me to travel more but still bring in a residual income to keep me in the style to which I have become accustomed!! Contacts will still be useful in this endeavour too. Kind regards, Roger

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Lucas Wyrsch

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

Dear David, Thank you so much for your great blog and for sharing! I'm not employed by Ecademy but use its service offerings to interact with my strong and weak connections in both ways, professional and private. Once retired, I may use Ecademy less actively in a professional way and more actively in a private way which could simply mean that I would shift a bit away from the many weak interactions to more strong interactions! Have fun and take care! Best, Lucas

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Gordon Wheaton

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

Good blog and question David. I am actually no where near retirement age and I am also no where near being able to afford it Regards Gordon

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David Shirley

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

Hi David, I would continue whether working or not - great way to stay in touch, offline meetings in London a real pleasure, OSBS days and ROSEE gatherings likewise - met plenty of good folk I would want to maintain contact with and, like Stuart, have bought in for life so it will probably see me out. Kind regards, Dave

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Andreas Wiedow

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

I mean . . . what else ? Knitting is already taken . . .

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Nigel Temple

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

Hi David Thanks for this. I will never retire and, in any event, I don't consider Ecademy as 'work'. All the best Nigel

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Arthur Partridge

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

Hi David I see from your profile that you have trained with Paul McKenna training so our paths are similar. I retired from corporate in 2000 but I had already set up my coaching business up in 1998. I joined ecademy after I retired so I am already in the phase that you are enquiring about. However, I shall be interested to see the results of your enquiry. AyPee

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Julia McDaid

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

Assuming it is still here in the same form then, yes I would still use it. I think it would be more for social reasons to stay in touch with the people I know. It fulfills the role of virtual water cooler/coffee break amongst others after all ;-) Probably wouldn't stay Blackstar.

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Martin Dewhurst

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

Thanks David ... If you decide to stop 'working', would you still find value in using Ecademy? Yes, to keep in touch with the many people I've met here. If so what might you use it for? Further learning and exploration of hobbies and interests. What might you want to contribute? Sharing ideas, discoveries, stories, photographs, films. Would you still want to subscribe at your current level? Any level is fine for me, though right now I appreciate the scope this level provides. And if you wouldn't find value in Ecademy as a retired professional, why not? I can't imagine an answer to this one :-) And what changes, if any, to the network would make you want to stay a part of it at that stage of your life? Like Andreas and others, I'm interested in the use of the clubs, so I'd do more personally in the expansion and revitalisation of these. Very best Martin

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Stuart Harris

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Will Ecademy be there when I retire?

I'm 57 now and self-employed. I paid for Life Membership in 2005 so I guess either Ecademy will see me out or I will see Ecademy out. I wonder which of us will drop first.

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Massimo Luciani

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

I won't be able to retire so it's more likely that I'll move to another planet where a subspace / hyperspace / whatever faster-than-light connection to ecademy may or may not be available.

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RealSteveHolmes Fading away soon

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Will you use Ecademy when you retire?

Ecademy is NOT really a business network. Business networking is an oxymoronic concept since business thrives through secrecy, not sharing. Ecademy is a game people play to pass the time because they don't have enough work. I am already retired. I just come here to educate people.

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