I was having coffee at a Star Buck’s this morning. Sitting at the table next to me were two couples who looked to be in their late 60′s or early 70′s. As they were enjoying their morning coffee and socializing I overheard the gentleman talking about windmills, power sources and using acronyms that I have no idea what they meant. They looked so at ease, as if they could have been in a boardroom coming up with theories to streamline and produce energy. As I heard them speaking “rather matter of factually”, I couldn’t help but wonder where they worked, what their jobs were, who they had managed, mentored or consulted. It appeared to me to be a case of retired, but not far removed from their profession.
Perhaps in retirement there is more time to read and do research on areas that were always of interest, but our time was sliced so thin. These gentlemen were discussing books, articles and other sources that had read. Their conversation definitely demonstrated they had not lost their passion or interest in professions that they were probably in for the bulk of their careers.
I can’t help but think of all the knowledge that retired people have locked inside them. Companies should know that their biggest asset is their people. The intellectual capital that each person possesses is beyond what dollars can pay. For the two gentlemen that provided me with fodder this morning, thank you. I wish you well in your retirement and hope that someone will tap into your knowledge.