The Retirement Plan

Without realising, I started planning my retirement at the age of five.

Like all children, I went through phases of who I wanted to be growing up. The usual: fireman, policeman, builder, doctor, the list goes on. However, I always had a fascination with cars. I’m not sure if this was brought on by the fact my Dad would have a brand new, shiny car every year or if it was just because I was always around prestigious cars from a young age.

At the age of five, my Mum and I were sunbathing outside on a scorching Swansea Summer day, when my Mum suggested taking an A3 piece of paper and drawing a car. And guess what? I did.

The car I designed was essentially a Peugeot 206 CC, with different wing mirrors, more power and an elongated boot for more storage space. This is what began my journey to becoming a Car Designer and later, my life goal of starting my own affordable sports car manufacturer. Admittedly, I later swapped the career choice of Car Designer for Marketer, but the foundations were there.

Since that sunny day when I was five, I’ve always dreamed of one day building my own affordable sports car. Stories of Lee Noble from Noble Moy Automotive building the first Noble sports cars in his shed captured my imagination. Especially, when I met Lee myself at the 2002 NEC Motorshow where he explained to my parents and I the “Noble story” and demonstrated how great his cars were.

Out of all the exhibition stands I visited that day, Noble were one of the few that actually allowed me to touch and sit in their car. This paired with the story of their humble beginnings, the fire extinguisher in the passenger footwell, and the rave reports from highly-reputable car journalists; the M12 was cemented as the car of my dreams.

Like all children, I went through phases of who I wanted to be growing up. The usual: fireman, policeman, builder, doctor, the list goes on. However, I always had a fascination with cars. I’m not sure if this was brought on by the fact my Dad would have a brand new, shiny car every year or if it was just because I was always around prestigious cars from a young age.

At the age of five, my Mum and I were sunbathing outside on a scorching Swansea Summer day, when my Mum suggested taking an A3 piece of paper and drawing a car. And guess what? I did.

The car I designed was essentially a Peugeot 206 CC, with different wing mirrors, more power and an elongated boot for more storage space. This is what began my journey to becoming a Car Designer and later, my life goal of starting my own affordable sports car manufacturer. Admittedly, I later swapped the career choice of Car Designer for Marketer, but the foundations were there.

Since that sunny day when I was five, I’ve always dreamed of one day building my own affordable sports car. Stories of Lee Noble from Noble Moy Automotive building the first Noble sports cars in his shed captured my imagination. Especially, when I met Lee myself at the 2002 NEC Motorshow where he explained to my parents and I the “Noble story” and demonstrated how great his cars were.

Out of all the exhibition stands I visited that day, Noble were one of the few that actually allowed me to touch and sit in their car. This paired with the story of their humble beginnings, the fire extinguisher in the passenger footwell, and the rave reports from highly-reputable car journalists; the M12 was cemented as the car of my dreams.

Most people amass wealth so they can retire comfortably. But I’m not really the type to become a gardener.

But what has this got to do with my Retirement Plan?

Well, that’s the thing. I don’t really plan to retire. Most people amass wealth so they can retire comfortably. But I’m not really the type to become a gardener. Instead, my goal is to amass so much wealth that I can look after my children, my grandchildren, my wife, and anyone else I care for and have so much money left over that I can “waste it” on building an affordable sports car and sell it, my way, over and over.

That’s my Retirement Plan. Other people might call it something else. Gary Vaynerchuk, for example, calls it a North Star. He wants to buy the Jets and that’s what he’s working toward.

Whatever you want to call it, however you want to do it; make sure you have one. It’ll keep you motivated, even on the darkest days.

What’s your Retirement Plan / North Star? Email me and let me know.

Talk soon,

Jordan

But what has this got to do with my Retirement Plan?

Well, that’s the thing. I don’t really plan to retire. Most people amass wealth so they can retire comfortably. But I’m not really the type to become a gardener. Instead, my goal is to amass so much wealth that I can look after my children, my grandchildren, my wife, and anyone else I care for and have so much money left over that I can “waste it” on building an affordable sports car and sell it, my way, over and over.

That’s my Retirement Plan. Other people might call it something else. Gary Vaynerchuk, for example, calls it a North Star. He wants to buy the Jets and that’s what he’s working toward.

Whatever you want to call it, however you want to do it; make sure you have one. It’ll keep you motivated, even on the darkest days.

What’s your Retirement Plan / North Star? Email me and let me know.

Talk soon,

Jordan