Nevertirees – Why Some Top Business People Refuse to Retire
Hippo.co.za: Tell us a little about your career journey, landmark moments, highlights and lowlights?
“I have been privileged to work in my area of passion for most of my career. I became passionate about early childhood development when my children were born. I had my own educational toy company for a number of years, then joined Smile Education in 1992. I was the sales and marketing director for 10 years. In 2002, I joined MySchool and helped to build the national network.
In 2010, I was invited to help launch BrainBoosters which is a culmination of my experience over 30 years in early childhood, and my studies in social entrepreneurship.”
Hippo.co.za: Greatest single career challenge and how you overcame it?
“I made the decision to leave a high-paying director’s position to follow a new path as a result of challenges within the organisation. It was not an easy decision but it was necessary.”
Hippo.co.za: Can you tell us a little about why retirement doesn’t appeal to you, or rather what drives you?
“I believe the word retirement should be retired. We do not live in a world where age should define our worth. We may change careers, even work virtually or part time but working longer may be the best insurance policy for our longevity. Finding work that fulfils our passion, skills and gives us a purpose will help keep us alive longer and add value to society.”
Hippo.co.za: Any advice for people just starting on their careers?
“Learn the magic of compound interest, invest in your long-term future from your first pay cheque and continue to find work that makes you happy.”