Marshall Bryant – Victoria Sun | posted January 28, 2018
I met Eleanor Norton and her husband, George for coffee at a café overlooking the Inner Harbour in Victoria. We have known each other since we lived on the same block and our kids were young. Our children now have kids of their own, so you know it was a long time ago. We were catching up on each other’s lives as we watched the boats bob up and down in the water below us. It was another beautiful warm Victoria winter day. The blue sky and the blue water seemed to cheer the day up even more.
Eleanor said she and George were in Victoria for one of their annual 2 week winter vacation something they have been doing since 2017. During the discussion, she mentioned that she was being interviewed by Peter Mansfield about seniors becoming successful after retirement. She invited me to the Coast Victoria Harbour side Hotel to listen in on the interview the next afternoon.
I arrived at the hotel and went up to George and Eleanor’s suite, an amazing 2 room suite with a balcony overlooking the outer harbour. George was enjoying a cup of tea on the balcony and Eleanor and I joined him. It was another beautiful Victoria winter day. The rich blue sky had one tiny white cloud that looked a bit like a marshmallow. We could hear the sea gulls as they flew back and forth squabbling amidst the sound of the waves below. The smell of the salt air was rather refreshing. We watched as a float plane landed.
Eleanor mentioned that they had flown to Vancouver for a couple of days by float plane and how marvelous it was to leave the harbour in downtown Victoria and land in the harbour in downtown Vancouver. She said they had spent the 2 days visiting with Eleanor’s son and his wife.
There was a knock on the door and it was Peter Mansfield and his crew. The crew had set up the recording devices earlier in the living room. George, Eleanor and Peter got comfortable and they were fitted for the sound recording and the crew arranged the cameras.
Peter: “As you know, we are doing a series about seniors who became successful after retirement. We decided to catch up with George and Eleanor as they spend a couple of weeks in Victoria, BC. Eleanor, why Victoria?”
Eleanor: “We live in Manitoba and the winters there can be brutal, but Victoria has the mildest winter weather in all of Canada. They haven’t even had snow here for the last 10 years. So for us this is the perfect winter get away, we love the city and the weather is a bonus. The temperate, sub Mediterranean climate renews our spirit.”
Peter: “What was it like for you when you first retired?”
Eleanor: “Like most people I had been looking forward to not being ruled by the clock. I wanted to be able to do things when I felt like doing them and I wanted to travel. Like many seniors, however, I quickly discovered that although I had the time I didn’t have all the resources to do all the things I wanted to do. I was also having a few health issues because of the extra weight I was carrying.”
Peter: “Well, you certainly don’t look like you are carrying an extra weight now. You could be on a billboard for healthy living”
Eleanor: (Laughs) “I did manage to get down to my ideal weight and I feel so much better and I have so much more energy.”
Peter: “And how do you spend your time now?”
Eleanor: “We take multiple 2 week vacations to various cities during the year. While in Victoria we sit out on the balcony and enthusiastically plan our vacations for the year. Our next vacation will be to St. John’s, Newfoundland. We also love to spend our time with family and we treat them to mini vacations, sometimes a week and sometimes just a weekend away. We have a housekeeper and gardener so we don’t have to worry much about day to day things at home.”
Peter: “That sounds wonderful. So what got you to this point in your life?
Eleanor: I had joined a network marketing company before I retired, but it never really got off the ground, mainly because I hadn’t got off the ground. After retirement, I took a course from the World’s Laziest Networker called go90grow and I learned the skills to help people succeed in the industry. I taught the same skills to the leaders on my team and they help people get what they want more of, and what they want less of in their life. My leaders are so well equipped to use the skills, they continue to grow the teams even when I am not present. I still do training with them though, and with technology today, I can work with my team from any beach in the world as long I have I internet.” (She laughs.)
“I also took part in the Master Key Mastermind Alliance and that literally changed my way of thinking and my life.”
George speaks up: “That is why I call her Technogranny because she is always updating her technological skills. That is the name of her website as well.”
Peter: “What advice would you give younger people today?
Eleanor: “Don’t wait until you retire to work towards your dream lifestyle. Network Marketing can actually help people retire early and live a lifestyle many people only dream about. There are really only 2 kinds of people in the world, those who want to make a difference in their lives and those who just watch life go by. People have to ask themselves which group they fit into.”
Tune into the CBC for more of the interview with Peter Mansfield.