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Old 08-22-2016, 07:09 PM   #21
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Congrats firewhen, I'm sure you'll get the itch to retire, but till then your initiative made it possible to increase your saving power. The power of FI lets you decide, now and in the future.

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Old 08-22-2016, 08:23 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by tfudtuckerpucker View Post
I think it's wise to consider this could happen, especially at higher levels in an organization. I know of multiple cases where it did. In one particular case, my friend was offered a position from another firm, and so his boss asked him what it would take for him to stay. He even asked him to write down his requests. They agreed on the changes, and so my friend turned down the external offer. A few weeks later his boss called him into his office, ripped up the paper in front of him, and told him "don't you ever do that to me again". ...
OMG... I wish that had happened to me... my response would have been "see you in court" and I would have walked out the door and to the nearest employment lawyer. Mega hated to be sued. It would have been fun.

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Old 08-23-2016, 09:31 AM   #23
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Also helps I have been there 20+ years and truly know things nobody else does.

This strategy worked very well for J. Edgar Hoover.

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Old 08-23-2016, 01:35 PM   #24
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I think the fact that you have a new position will work well for you. Once I was FI I lost all tolerance for the BS at w*rk. I hung around a little longer than I needed to only because I lacked confidence in my contingencies. You don't seem to have that problem. All the best ! Enjoy it to the fullest.
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At one point in my consulting 'career' I stopped caring so much.

Result: I relaxed, look relaxed, seemed more confident towards the partner. So I got better performance scores.

Who knew? stop caring (so much) and you're better at your job.

Not sure that was the lesson they wanted me to learn ..
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Old 08-27-2016, 09:16 AM   #26
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Through a combination of financial independence and my disgust at not feeling appreciated, I decided I was getting a promotion or quitting.

What might have helped is I think he got the sense I was not bluffing (amazing what confidence millions in assets conveys, not that I disclosed any of that).
So while things normally progress at a snail's pace, couple weeks later he calls me in to congratulate me and they even gave me the title I suggested. Once word got out, I received congratulations from throughout the organization, people in other cities, saying things like you deserve this more than anyone else I know.

As I write this it makes me smile, because even if I have not FIREd, I am FI and at least that led to this.

So I had the nerve to do this, and I know that deep down I am able to take the step to RE (because I really would have had they not given me the promotion), and down the road I still can if things sour somehow. For now I have an extra spring in my step and feel better so I will continue as a working man for the time being.

Anyway just wanted to share with people who will understand.
Congratulations on your enhanced negotiation skills! They may be able to smell your fear, but they can also sense your "take it or I'm leaving it" attitude.

If your occupation keeps you feeling challenged and fulfilled then you have no reason to stop working. If you have more autonomy then you might be even happier.

And, of course, now you have choices. The minute the fun stops (again) you can walk out the door.


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