Finances Aside, What Does a Happy Retirement Look Like?

Three examples of retirees show what it means to thrive in retirement. The common denominators provide clues on how to swing your own happy retirement.

Two older men laugh and drink coffee while sitting outside their tent in the mountains.
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In the late 1990s, my business partner and I were at a conference where Jim Boeheim, the Hall of Fame member, and past head coach of the Syracuse men’s basketball team, spoke. Boeheim’s message was that students would tell him all the time how talented they were, and Coach’s response would be, “Show me — don’t tell me.” In essence, Boeheim would give the student athletes time, and it was up to those players to show Coach their ability to perform on the court under pressure.

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Dennis D. Coughlin, CFP, AIF
Partner, CG Capital

Dennis D. Coughlin, CFP, AIF, co-founded CG Capital with Christopher C. Giambrone in 1999. He has been in practice since 1996 and works with individuals nearing retirement and those whom have already retired. Proud of his humble upbringing, Dennis shares his advice with the same core principles that he was raised with. When not in the office, you will find him with his family enjoying the outdoors.