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A Longevity Strategy: Never Retire

New York Times columnist William Safire has penned his final regular Op-Ed column this morning in which he explains why he’s making the change.

Here’s why I’m outta here: In an interview 50 years before, the aging adman Bruce Barton told me something like Watson’s advice about the need to keep trying something new, which I punched up into “When you’re through changing, you’re through.” He gladly adopted the aphorism, which I’ve been attributing to him ever since.

Combine those two bits of counsel – never retire, but plan to change your career to keep your synapses snapping – and you can see the path I’m now taking. Readers, too, may want to think about a longevity strategy.

When you’re through changing, learning, working to stay involved – only then are you through. “Never retire.”