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Serena Williams inspires MIT leader to redefine retirement

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Serena Williams inspired Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) leader Joseph Coughlin to redefine retirement in a new Forbes article titled “Serena Williams Serves Up A New Vision Of Life And Retirement”.

The conclusion of Coughlin’s article reads as follows: “Even if you find joy cashing in your longevity dividend relaxing with a good book, or reading this article, it is time to evolve a new societal narrative that celebrates and enables all of us to define life and retirement on our terms.

Or as Serena Williams defines her ‘retirement’ — to move “toward other things that are important to me”. Joseph Coughlin is the leader of the MIT AgeLab, a researcher, a teacher, a speaker, and an advisor.

His work delves into global demographics, technology, and changing generational attitudes. Moreover, he teaches in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Sloan School’s Advanced Management Program.

Coughlin’s newest book is called The Longevity Economy: Unlocking the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market.

What did Serena Williams say about the Forbes article

Serena Williams shared Joseph Coughlin’s article on her Twitter account.

“We all transform. Retirement? I prefer forever evolving,” Serena Williams captioned the article. What will Serena do after tennis? Although she will miss tennis, she hinted that she will focus on family and business.

“A few years ago I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Soon after that, I started a family. I want to grow that family. But I’ve been reluctant to admit to myself or anyone else that I have to move on from playing tennis.

Alexis, my husband, and I have hardly talked about it; it’s like a taboo topic. I can’t even have this conversation with my mom and dad. It’s like it’s not real until you say it out loud. It comes up, I get an uncomfortable lump in my throat, and I start to cry. The only person I’ve really gone there with is my therapist!” said Williams to Vogue.


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