The Real ROI: Living with Purpose

13th October 2023 | By Parker Pursell

Listen, most people hustle their entire lives chasing that big paycheck. They think the ultimate goal is to stockpile cash, kick back, and take a permanent vacation called retirement. But let’s challenge that for a second.

“What if retirement isn’t about how fat your bank account is, but about how fat your impact is?”

Money’s a tool, not the end goal. It’s the means to create, influence, and leave a legacy. You earn it, you invest it, but for what? A comfy chair and endless daytime TV? Or something a little more ambitious, more meaningful? I would argue the latter.

Traditional views on retirement are outdated. Society’s got this skewed idea that retirement is this long vacation, where you’ve “made it.” But “made it” to what? A life of monotony? The real challenge, and perhaps the more rewarding one, is to pivot that perspective. Think of retirement as your platform, your stage. You’ve gathered resources, experience, and time – now you get to deploy them.

Do you want to be the person who retires from the world, or the one who dives deeper into it? Take George Müller, for example, who spent fifty years serving orphans, and then what? Sat back and took it easy? No. He traveled, he preached, he served, and he jumped right back into purpose-driven work even in his 90s.

That’s not just retirement; that’s a statement.

So here’s the real question: Are you in it just for the dollars or the difference?

Because if it’s the latter, then it’s time to redefine retirement. It’s about leveraging everything you’ve got – your money, your time, your energy – for something bigger. Make an impact, be of service, give back, and live a life on purpose. That’s the real ROI.

Carve your name on hearts, not marble.

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Parker Pursell