Kevin O'Leary's Retirement Plans: "Never"

The lifespan of humans might be finite, but to Canadian businessman and television personality Kevin O’Leary, work ethic is infinite. On a CNBC “Make It” segment, the enigmatic “Shark Tank” judge pondered his own retirement and came up with a timeframe: never.

“So when am I retiring? Never,” O’Leary said.

O’Leary took apart the concept of FIRE–financial independence, retire early. It’s a common notion circulated among millennials where the sprint to millions or billions of dollars translates to an extended period of doing nothing.

To O’Leary, however, this is a misnomer.

“The idea of financial independence-retire early doesn’t work–let me tell you why,” O’Leary said, hearkening back to his 36-year-old self when he sold his first company and pondered the idea of resting on his laurels, which he eventually followed through on with a three-year hiatus.

“I retired for three years,” O’Leary said. “I was bored out of my mind.”

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The FIRE concept has spawned various strategies promising millennials that workplace doldrums can be temporary. As long as they can endure the short-term pain, they can enjoy the fruits of the long-term gain, but to O’Leary, this is a foreign concept.