Inspiration from Andy Rooney the Warrior

Some of my favorite people just don’t know how to retire. Complete retirement is not in their DNA, not in their vocabulary.  They enjoy the war too much.

Andy Rooney worked up until 3 weeks before he died on Friday at the age of 92. He really loved the war.

Even though I’ve never met Andy Rooney, I admire his work ethic and passion.  Just imagine getting up for work after 92 years!  That’s almost 34,000 days.

He had many great experiences in his life:

  • Lived through the Great Depression
  • Witnessed World War II
  • 62 years of marriage
  • Wrote 15 books
  • Produced over 1000 video essays for TV (most for 60 minutes)
  • Won three Emmy Awards

For the record, I’m not against retiring.  I just hope I love what I’m doing so much that I can’t bear to stop.

Just like Andy Rooney.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Picture Your Porch

Picture yourself sitting on your porch when you’re 70.

Are you sitting alone?

Will anyone care what you did tonight?  Last night?  Last year?

Will you?

For me, one of my biggest fears is that near the end I will feel overwhelming sorrow that no one around me cares about my war stories from these “8pm missions” I fight for every night.

I doubt I’m the only one.  Someone else must feel the same way.

We put our heart and soul into what we do and if we don’t include enough other people in our adventures, we risk being that old guy (or gal) on the porch telling stories to people who don’t remember, don’t know, don’t care.  We could end up lonely because we got so lost in our private war that we let everything, everyone slip away.

It’s Christmas Eve.

Go spend time with family.  Its nights like these when you fill up your porch with more than your colleagues, partners, and clients.  Include others in your battles.  Share your world with the other people you want on your porch.

We sit up every night working, writing, blogging, reading, thinking, dreaming.  But if we don’t share it, don’t include others, we’re destined to be the lonely veterans of a one soldier war.  Picture your porch.

8pm Warriors don’t have to do it alone.

Make it a Merry Christmas.

Aaron@Biebert