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LIFE'S ESSENTIAL NEEDS (LENs)

#4 SIGNIFICANCE

We need to feel unique, important, needed and productive in our work, homelife and social existence, especially as we grow older.

We need to feel unique, important and productive in our work, homelife and social existence, especially as we grow older. People share a quest to feel significant and have meaning and purpose in all aspects of life. Part of being significant means that you make a difference in the lives of others, especially your family and loved ones. Our significance in the workplace and in business leads to financial rewards and a sense of accomplishment.

During our retirement-age years, however, our sense of significance can be challenged. Our identities and sense of significance are defined by what we do – and don’t do.

Those who retire from careers only to begin the next decades of life without a plan for financial and personal success are prone to insignificance. While you may lack formal titles later in life, an important job in retirement is to remain active and connected to others and maintain your significance.