Retirement is the dream, right? Just think of all that free time and…boredom?! Fight back the plague of boredom with RetireHappy.co! We got the chance to talk with founder Saul about his project to bring happiness back to retirement.
What was the inspiration that made you start Retire Happy?
I recall doing some research for a marketing class that was dealing with the baby boomer population and I came across some surprising articles that uncovered that almost half of current retirees find retirement to be boring and unexciting within just 6 months of retiring. It turns out that a substantial number of retirees leave their careers with absolutely no plan as to what they want to do or what they want to accomplish when they actually retire. Considering the fact that there are over 76 million baby boomers in this country and more than 6,000 people retire every day (that’s 4 per second), the thought that almost half of them will eventually find retirement boring and unfulfilling seems to be a major problem that needs a solution.
Where were you when the inspiration hit (be honest!)?
I was more than likely doing some work late at night in my dorm room (on’t all great ideas start there?).
Is Retire Happy a solo project — or do you have a co-founder, partner, or other team members?
Right now it’s solo, but I have a lot of people lined up if it starts to gain traction.
What’s next for Retire Happy?
Since we are currently in beta, we will be testing our product on real users and will continue to refine our service. As part of the beta program, we will begin assessing the needs of our users and will begin developing our proprietary personal action plans that will provide a comprehensive, step-by-step, non-financial retirement plan covering areas such as how best to spend one’s time, maintain health, discover new hobbies and relationships, and help achieve one’s long term and short term goals for the best possible retirement experience. One can join the beta program directly by signing up at retirehappy.co.
Got any advice for others that have an idea they want to get started?
The best advice is to just get up and go for it and don’t be afraid to fail. Michael Jordan actually has a great quote about this: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
Why did you decide to launch using POP?
It was ridiculously easy to get started and POP gave me a lot of value in terms of getting a free domain, free email, and a great looking landing page.
Where can we find out more about you?
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