Major leaguers and high school seniors

Alan Spector is an author, business consultant, baseball player, traveler, and grandfather.  He has authored five published books, including, with coauthor Keith Lawrence, Your Retirement Quest: 10 Secrets for Creating and Living a Fulfilling Retirement (  Alan and Keith conduct workshops across the country helping prospective and current retirees plan the non-financial aspects of their retirement—to make the rest of their lives the best of their lives.  Alan’s latest book, Body Not Recovered, is a work of historical fiction from the Vietnam War/Protest Movement era, and it has deep St. Louis roots.


Did you know that there are ten key elements that can help you create and live a full and fulfilling retirement?  We’ll talk about each of them in future posts, but for now, here’s one that can have perhaps the most significant effect on your longevity and quality of life.

There was research done on the 1954 Topps baseball card set.  The researchers simply used the photos of that year’s major leaguers to separate the cards into two groups—the players who they thought had good attitudes and those they thought  had poor attitudes.  That’s right; by using the photos alone.

The researchers then looked at how long the players had lived.  Those who had been designated in the “good attitude” pile lived, on average, more than five years longer than those in the “poor attitude” group.  

Similar studies with consistent results have been conducted on high school class senior pictures.  You might want to find your yearbook and look at your photo.

Attitude is one of the ten key elements of a fulfilling retirement. If you asked those around you how they would assess your attitude, what would they say?  Which pile would you be in?  As I noted in a previous post, would you be a Tigger or an Eeyore?