I have an old friend, a mentor, who tells me that he has no intention of retiring ever. He will work until he drops dead. He feels that he needs to continue to contribute and generate wealth (he runs a small fund). Personally - I want to stop WORKING as soon as possible. I've beern in the biz for 12 years or so and am about 5 years from early retirement in my early 40s. Why do some people feel the need to 'never' retire. What drives people who are well-financially secure to keep working? Is working an addiction like alcohol or drugs? Do workaholics have poor family and social lives? I know some peopke don't feel like their jobs are work but I can't understand how some people would never retire. Btw, when I say retire, I mean leave a longtime business or venture to relax and of course at some point try something new, though not for financial necessity.