One Minute Retirement Tip

Kaizen Your Retirement | Episode 5

Full Episode Transcript:


I’m completely obsessed with the concept of Kaizen, which is a Japanese term that means continuous improvement. I first heard about this concept back in college while taking a quality control and lean manufacturing business course. I had no idea why this class was a requirement…I was a finance major, so it seemed like pretty pointless information that I would never need again.

But there was one concept that I learned about in this class that has stuck with me for over 13 years since I took that course – small changes and a commitment to continuously improve have big, big changes over time.

And that’s how I want you to think about retirement. And these retirement tips. Think of them as little nudgings. Maybe you’ll implement some things, and that’s great! Maybe you’ll disregard other things and that’s perfectly fine too. Maybe it will help you think about your goals or your retirement in a new way. But you don’t want to try to implement a bunch of new things all at once, because you’re setting yourself up for failure.

When you try to make big dramatic changes – whether it’s with diet and exercise or your money, our brains get kicked into fight or flight mode, it’s not sustainable and often it leads to failure.

So let me send you off into your day with this quote from CS Lewis, probably my favorite author and one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He said: “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?”

Choose to be your best self today and find a way to brighten the day of every single person you encounter, and I know it will be a great day for you!  

I can’t wait to hang out with you again tomorrow morning where I’m going to go off on a little rant!

My name is Ashley Micciche and this is the “One Minute Retirement Tip”.

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