When you think about retirement, do you see yourself swinging in a hammock, lying on the beach;"doing nothing?" I hope not. Retirement means doing something that turns you on. As you think about your future retirement, (no matter how far away that is) consider these three things:
One: your body. No matter how strong and flexible you are today and no matter how much you stay in shape with golf and tennis, the day will come when you can't run that marathon. So think about something that doesn't require heavy lifting.
Two: your finances. Your cash flow will be less than you think, so don't pick something that costs money. Right now, maybe you can afford all those new electronic games and all those expensive toys. But retirement is belt-tightening time.
Three: added value. Think right now of all the ways you add value to the lives of others; ways that cost you nothing, and don't require your bodily strengh, but really turn you on: you mentor a boy and watch him change; you counsel a teen-age girl and help her graduate; you bring food to the elderly and see their graditude; you volunteer at your local elementary school, and enjoy the hugs you get every day.
Leaders don't wait for retirement; they start right now. You can be a leader too, if you want to.