With some I have seen an attitude that says, “I am retired now. I did that all of my work life and don’t want to do it anymore.” This is a difficult barrier to overcome because you have to honor their desires, and it is their life choice at this stage.
One major reason is unplanned personal traps that people can slide into, and that prevent them from becoming civically engaged. For some, for instance, golfing all day and drinking heavily in the evening can make the music leave retirement and lead to disappointment, despair, and depression rather than to a healthy and active life.
Other Interests and Activities
Of course, civic involvement is not everyone’s cup of tea. After a lifetime of work and commitment, many persons who possess senior sage leadership qualities are involved in other things that bring them joy:
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From what I’ve observed, a lot of people come here and very shortly develop a rich and full life without volunteering. They’re on the golf course or on the tennis court or in restaurants enjoying themselves. Yes, there are so many retirees with all of this valuable experience, but they have a full life and don’t take the next step and volunteer.
I suspect some are involved in many things other than nonprofit leadership. In other words, they have personal interests they get heavily into that take-up their time. They may feel they don’t need the potential rewards that can come from working with a nonprofit organization. And since they may not have had this experience, they don’t know what they are missing.