As you celebrate National Hamburger Day (May 28.)th) This Memorial Day weekend, retirement is probably the last thing on your mind. But as soon as the pungent aroma of those grilling burgers captivates your nostrils, take a moment to consider how your retirement is like a mouth-watering juicy hamburger.
“A hamburger represents a masterpiece of bliss you’ve acquired and loaded completely from a plain old burger,” says Jennifer Compton, CEO of J&L Communications in Brooklyn, New York. “The plain burger will get you full, but if you don’t plan for all the extras, you won’t be able to enjoy retirement and your loved ones won’t benefit from your thoughtful preparation.”
Some people look at retirement in the simplest terms. These are the people who can only get that from their Social Security payments. However, many people view retirement as a complex system of dreams, hopes, and to-do lists. For them, imagine retirement as one of those supersized hamburgers with layers and layers of everything on it.
“Consider that a hamburger is the end result of carefully chosen investments and savings pooled on each other,” says Amit Gupta, CEO of AeroSeal in Miamisburg, Ohio. “And when it’s done if it’s crafted well, the end result will last you some time.”
Of course, if you want to look at things in a more practical sense, the best burgers are dripping with delicious juice. You remember when you eat one of those, don’t you? Likewise, you’ll want to realize that your retirement will be filled with equally memorable experiences.
“Retirement is like a hamburger: messy, but rewarding,” says Angela Christian, a mental health coach at Positive Intelligence in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
If you break it down by components, you begin to see how hamburgers make a great metaphor for retirement.
“The bottom bun represents protection, a strong foundation that will allow you to enjoy your golden years,” says Wilson Davalos-Nives, CEO of the Collaboratory in Isabella, Puerto Rico. “Burger Patty is the year of hard work you put in to get where you are. The items on the bottom of the patty and on top of the bun (ie, mayonnaise, onion slaw, tomato, lettuce) represent all of your friends and family. Who have helped you achieve what you have so far. The top bun represents hope for things to come in your life. You are excited about what lies ahead for you after retirement! “
Think of it, rather than a metaphor, perhaps a hamburger serves better as a Rorschach test for retirement. After all, all those spices can mean a lot to different people.
“The different layers are your different insurance or preparation for your retirement plan,” says Corey Morgan, marketing director/videographer at Kind Home Solutions in Denver. “Or it could also represent how well you organize your life to achieve the satisfaction you can get after you retire.”
Yet another way to look at the connection between hamburgers and retirement is by looking at what you do when you’re serving yourself a hamburger. First you cook it on the grill. Then you put it on the bun. But what do you do before putting it on top of the bun? And what is it like in retirement?
“Retirement is a time to start anew,” says Scott Winstead, founder of My Learning World in Houston. “Just as a hamburger can be a blank canvas for whatever you want to put on it, retirement can also be a time to pursue new interests and hobbies. The important thing is that you enjoy your retirement.” Take it.”
Maybe you can treat hamburgers as a standard ingredient (breads and burgers), to which you can pair with your choice of a real array of condiments.
“As long as the basic need of financial stability is met (buns and patties) retirees can customize how they want their lives to go with whatever ingredients work for them, whether they are sweet or spicy, Oliver Zak, CEO and co-founder of Mad Rabbit in Los Angeles.
So far, the top and bottom of the bun have been treated as separate layers. But what if they are a singular component? What would this mean in terms of retirement?
Scrubs Body Scrub, Inc. in Farmingdale, New York. “Meat can be a core of retirement, like traveling, or playing golf frequently,” says Roberta Perry, founder of “Buns are the hugs of grandchildren or other loved ones.”
You can better see the similarities between a hamburger and retirement if you map the components of a hamburger to the different elements of your retirement plan.
“Retirement is represented by a hamburger, but in a different way,” says Nicole Pomije, owner of Cookie Cup in Chanhassen, Minnesota. “You have your layers to retirement like your savings, investment accounts, future plans and potentially, the people you retire with. Taking the necessary steps for retirement is like peeling your tomatoes and onions.”
Just like hamburgers have a definite structure, so does retirement.
“Although a hamburger offers some variety, certain things have to be stacked on top of each other in a certain way or the whole thing falls apart,” says Melanie Hartman, owner of Creo Home Buyers in Perry Hall, Maryland. “Retirement must be calculated to execute and navigate as successfully as a hamburger.”
Sometimes that sloppy aspect of a hamburger just means it’s delicious enough. Dropping a stew of spices at your fingertips is worth it. Still, if you can grab a burger so that everything stays inside the bun, you’ll be more satisfied.
“There’s a balancing act involved in stacking buns, patties, toppings, sauces, and more,” says Sean Plummer, CEO of The Annuity Expert in Atlanta. “We often think of retirement as looking very similar in many respects, but that’s only because there’s a lot of unique stuff hidden under the bun. Most people’s retirements are more different than they seem to be. “
When you’re a business owner, you look at retirement and hamburgers from a different perspective.
“Well, retirement for me will be like a hamburger,” says Alec Pow, CEO of The Pricer in San Francisco. As a retirement planner, I’ll prepare to exit most of my businesses and take in a lot of money, which is a big deal. Is like a hamburger. Hopefully, I’m old enough to consider it a double cheeseburger with extra mayo!”
Hamburger is the quintessential American food. It is connected by open road. Chances are if you stop at a small diner on proverbial Route 66, what are you going to order?
“Retirement is as much a hamburger as it is a service and represents your freedom as an individual,” says Esther Strauss, co-founder of Step by Step Business in Austin, Texas.
Leaving the office for the last time means feeling the culmination of your work life. This is a time when you can finally take that big piece out of the life you’ve only dreamed about.
“Now, you can sit down and enjoy (hopefully) a good ‘hamburger’ filled with the fruits of your labor – cheese, mustard, ketchup, salad, pickles and whatever else you enjoy, financial security, represent peace of mind, travel, hobbies. And all things retirement are synonymous,” says Ray Leon, CEO of Pet Insurance Review in Denver.
Before you get too comfortable with the hamburger as a retirement metaphor, don’t forget to think outside the bread.
“Retirement is a big ice cream that includes whipped cream, caramel sauce, nuts, cherries, and anything else you want to top it off,” says Brett Bonnet, president/CEO of Quality Logo Products in Chicago. “Retirement is sweet. It’s your chance to eat and enjoy something sweet.”
You can set that metaphor aside for the third Sunday of July. It’s on the day we celebrate this frozen dessert since 1984 when President Reagan declared it National Ice Cream Day.
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