About Tony Hixon’s Ted Talk:
Retirement should be a time of excitement, relaxation and more free time, but for some, including my mother, it became her biggest regret. Her identity was derived from her career, and with no careful planning of what was next, she succumbed to anxiety and depression, she lost her connections and most tragically, she lost her sense of purpose. After her unexpected suicide 6 months after her retirement, I changed my professional approach, placing equal weight on both the financial and mental health aspects of retirement planning. I now ensure that my clients don’t just have enough money to sleep at night, but also enough purpose to get up in the morning.
My mom was a nurse, and as such, she cared for her patients well. I’m a Financial Advisor and as such, I care for my clients well. This speaking opportunity allow me the platform to share my story and shine the light of continuing a life of meaning and purpose beyond retirement. Most financial planners concentrate on the numbers, concerned only with whether or not their clients have the assets needed to call it a career. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story. I found this out the hard way. Today, my story has made an impact on the way people think about retirement. My mom will not be defined by her last decision, but rather, she will be defined by the life she lived. It’s my honor to continue the legacy she now bestows to others.
Tony Hixon is the Co-founder and COO of Hixon Zuercher Capital Management and an Amazon Best Selling Author! His book, Retirement Stepping Stones: Find Meaning, Live with Purpose, and Leave a Legacy, tells the story of how a personal tragedy redefined his perspective. He has provided financial advice to his firm’s clients for over 20 years, but now in a different way. He believes that clients are served best when not just looking at numbers, but also from a non-financial perspective, because he’s seen firsthand the effects of not having a plan to live a values-based life throughout retirement This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at