Glad I started this thread. "People and politics"
can indeed make the job "unbearable". Also, I have
read 'What Color is Your Parachute?" Several times.
A good book. I drifted into my primary occupation
(accounting) at age
18, right out of high school. It was all by chance. I was
good at it and rose quickly, but there was never any
decision based on what I was best suited for. I was
very successful by most standards. I kept making more
money and getting more prestigious jobs, so I stayed
with it. Years later (before the ER bug bit) I thought of
jumping ship into other work that I had dabbled in for years, but decided to just quit instead. Back to people and
politics. I recall a great sense of relief when I no longer
had any employees, and I liked my employees
A common trait shared by all 6 of my friends mentioned
in my previous posts on this thread.................... They all own their
own business and they all have very few (or zero)
employees. Thus, not only do they run the show, but a
whole collection of troubles are eliminated. Taking this a step further, my other close friends who are retired
either worked for someone else, or if they owned the
business they had employees. However, before we
make the logical leap to a conclusion, in some ways
it is more
difficult to quit when you own a one-man operation.
What do you do with it? Try to sell it? Difficult.
Shut it down? Wasteful unless you are consistently
losing money. Having spent many years both employed
and self-employed, I think the main factor is they found
what they liked and made a living doing it. Thus, the
siren's song of possible ER bliss falls on deaf ears.