Opportunities – Choose what suits you best

Now that you see the potential for seizing opportunities and creating an income stream to supplement your retirement, how will you choose what to do?  That’s easy:  Choose what suits you best.  Your strengths, your skills, your interests and – very importantly – the lifestyle that you want to live.

If you want to travel there is no point in starting a business that keeps you at home.  With strong communication skills and great strengths in relationship building it would be a big mistake to start a business where you never interact with customers …. You get the point?

One of the best ways to learn is by making mistakes. That doesn’t mean you should go out and deliberately fail in order to become better. But it’s true that learning from your mistakes can be a great way to move forward.

However you don’t want to spend time on a particular business only to find that it is really not right for you.  Nor do you want to put trust and money into some program only to find it isn’t what you need. It is much better if you can learn from other people’s experience, saving you the time and heartache of making the same mistakes.

Opportunities written on slate

Baby boomers are everywhere doing all sorts of interesting things.

Baby boomers around the world have already made the decision to combine their retirement dreams with a plan to boost their personal wealth. One of the really great aspects of this lifestyle change is knowing that others have already taken the plunge. Hearing or reading of their successes and their mistakes can be a source of inspiration and learning.

Learn from others

Personal stories are a great source of knowledge. If you want to learn the way forward, who better to advise you than someone of your age and background who has been there and done that?

If you’ve ever been traveling and met someone who has been to a place you intend to visit, it can be really helpful to hear of their experiences. “Don’t take road X because it is too narrow for caravans.” “Don’t go to the cathedral on Tuesdays because most of it is closed for special purposes.” “The best restaurant in town is called Y.”

Getting tips from someone who has tackled what you plan to tackle can be a great help. You get the benefit of hearing from many who have started the journey and become successful. You hear about their mistakes and their triumphs. They are the best of teachers.


Through BoomersNextStep.com you will have access to many people’s stories, through interviews and articles. There will be a variety of stories, all related to the next step that boomers may choose to take in their Career, Lifestyle, Business, Leisure and Travel. I do hope you will enjoy them and find their stories inspirational. We will all carve out our unique way of living, but it is wonderful to be inspired by the experiences of others while you make your plans.


Jenni Proctor

Hi, I'm Jenni Proctor from Boomers Next Step. Remember when the formula for success in life was simply to strive for good marks at school, gain qualifications, get a great job, work hard and save for your retirement? Yes, I believed it too! For years my husband David and I wanted to develop a business that we could operate anywhere in the world, but both of us were educated to be employees.  We had entrepreneurial dreams and ideas, but still had employee mindsets. 14 years ago I took the giant leap!  I left my job in Education to start a business as a Career Counsellor and Coach, helping mature adults transition from one career path to another, and particularly from employment to entrepreneurship.  I had studied long and hard to gain new qualifications but sadly I hadn’t learnt how to market my new business. About 12 years ago we realized that we were not tracking well towards having the sort of retirement we wanted. We’d saved; we’d invested; and like so many other people we’d also lost some money along the way. It didn’t help that my business was not bringing in as much as I had been earning as an employee. Our dreams of extensive travel and helping our family were being replaced by a growing concern that we would outlive our savings. It seemed that a traditional retirement would not allow us to maintain the lifestyle we wanted. I love helping people plan the next phase of their lives, but we realized that was not going to be enough.  We needed a way to create an income stream that would pay for the travel and other lifestyle luxuries we wanted, that would provide mental stimulation, and would interest us both.

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