At 99 year old, Stewart Wade has not retired yet. Instead, he is still talking to his clients, negotiating deals and showing properties every day. The seasoned agent started working in real estate in the 1960s. More than 40 years later, he has no plan to stop working yet.
We have heard of many people who choose to work or volunteer well beyond retirement age. At 99 years old, however, Stewart Wade is an impressive example of a hard-working spirit.
A long and happy working life as a real estate agent
Explaining why he chooses to work at his age, Wade shared, “I enjoy real estate so much it would be hard to leave”. Every day, he wakes up at 5:30 or 6 in the morning, takes a swim in the Pacific Ocean and gets to work at exactly 8AM.
His working life started in the 1930s. He started his first job during high school at a local pharmacy. He explains that back then a degree is not required to be a pharmacist. He works under another pharmacist until he passed an exam to become one.
Wade got his start in real estate in the 1960s, and it was a big moment for him. He realized that real estate is the right career for him and has been loving it ever since. What he likes most about working as a real estate agent is “the people you meet and the interaction with those people”.
In 1999, Wade started working for the real estate firm Coldwell Banker and is still an employee with them till this date. He currently works about 20 hours a week. He also attends the local country club and volunteers at the Boy Scouts and the YMCA when he is not talking to a client or showing a property.
There is more to life than money
Speaking of others who are approaching retirement age, Wade’s advice for them is not to be afraid to keep on doing what they love. “I made more money in my 80s than I ever did in the rest of my life”, he said, “I was very healthy and very vigorous.”
Wade also believes that the secret to his long and happy life is a positive attitude and regular exercise. He said, “To me, your health and your body is more important than money, and I also think that your family and what you do for your family is more important than a lot of money.”
While most of us are planning for a financially secured retirement, Stewart Wade is such an inspirational example of finding a true passion in life and leading an active, healthy life even pass retirement age.
Source: Business Insider