1st month of retirement

Cheryl’s Disney trophy reads 35 years

Foreground, Jungle Cruise pin given as a gift by Mike Simmons a week ago at Lee Cockerell’s mastermind group event.

Cheryl’s Disney trophy reads 35 years.

She doesn’t have it yet, but by the time this publishes, she will.

Yesterday she told her leader she’s retiring from Disney on Valentine’s Day.

Cheryl loves Disney.

Cheryl loves her Family.

Cheryl is going to love her freedom.

How do i know?

Because of the overwhelmingly positive impact of my Disney retirement on Halloween 2014 – it was really scary to leave after 30+ years.

Yet it was a magnificent career move.

While retired from Disney and Disney Institute since 2014, my speaking business continues to put a positive dent in our Universe.

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Disney Leadership Book

Happy third year of Disney retirement jeff

weather at Glacier in October
Temps dropped yesterday 25 degrees and nothing but clouds.


Lake McDonald in October
Drastic weather change from the past three days.


In the midst of adversity, expect opportunity.

Reminiscing on the 2008-2009 economic tsunami and the Disney layoffs that resulted, i distinctly remember feeling betrayed.

The layoff “formula” didn’t make sense to me.

i was also at the height of my personal feelings that Disney Institute had nowhere to go but up when it came to modeling our message.

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1st month of retirement

One year Disney retirement anniversary

Disney Retiree ID
Photo yesterday at Epcot: Yesterday was Halloween 2015, and the one-year anniversary of my retirementment which began at 5pm, October 31, 2014.


The question i get most often, “So how’s retirement life?”, always has the same answer:

Working harder than ever, just not as much.

Every “successful” entrepreneur struggles with insecurities that outsiders will never believe exist.

Insecurity comes with the territory.

Trust me, if you knew how insecure entrepreneurs are, you might even go for it yourself (i’m making the assumption you are too fearful to go out on your own).

i quietly and gradually began convincing myself that i was good enough to go out on my own.

One day at a time for six years before retirement, i thrived and excelled at Disney Institute while building the foundation from which to step out as an entrepreneur.

Last night we went to dinner at Epcot.

It was good to be “on property” (Cast Member-speak for Walt Disney World Resort).

PS. Time flies.

PSS. Many entrepreneurs reach a point (i’m there now) where they look back and think, “What was i so afraid of?” Turns out, most fears are simply the devil tempting you to play it safe.




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MidLife Celebration Is...

50 shades of retirement?

Florida living on a nice front porch
Yesterday’s lunch spot.


Some people think my retirement from Disney means it’s time to sit back and just enjoy life. This is not true.

Retired means only one thing right now. It means i’m only working one job, not two.

As painful as it was to leave Disney after 30 incredible years, the desire to do this has become more important:

Speeches and consulting for organizations that want to change the world.

Photo above is from yesterday’s lunch at Mid Life Celebration’s HQ – listening to Jimmy Buffett, enjoying the birds chirping and the breezes blowing.

Then it was back to work.

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Retirement Tips

Just follow the template handed down to you

Orlando Professional Keynote Speakers


(photo: Orlando sky writer yesterday.)

Us and our future. Who’s in charge of granting us permission to break free from conformity and live like we mean it?

Better to just follow the template handed down to you?

The one that promises freedom to retire when you reach a milestone age and then you can live the American dream.

Just stay on the path long enough and you’ll eventually make it all the way to the front of the line.

You’ll be next. It will be your turn to enjoy the good life of retirement.


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