I would agree - if you’re financially secure enough, or will be in 5 years and are around 55+, I wouldn’t bother going back either. Better to spend the 5 years getting business turbo charged on every valuation metric (EBIT, multiples, free cash flow etc) and hope you can get a good price for the business. Go back and study something that interests you for your third age!
Also there is nothing to stop you staying in the business as a non-advice giving figurehead. Go out and network, make it rain and drive new work back to the new owner of the firm on salary or % of new business deal. I’d be happy to buy a business with that arrangement in place.
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