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Old 12-31-2010, 12:51 AM   #41
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Hated going to work every day for 44 years! At age 59 my company was "downsized" and I was let go. I was in the fortunate position to be able to retire and I never looked back. Its been a little over 4 years and I love every day of my life. I'm so lucky!

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Old 12-31-2010, 08:53 AM   #42
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For the typical wage earner it matters little whether or not they like or dislike their job. Their main motivator is - "I owe, I owe, so off to work I go".

Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. That's my story and I am sticking to it.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:18 AM   #43
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I plan to play it by ear when we reach the FI point. I don't necessarily intend to quit that very moment but it will depend on our life circumstances as well as how tolerable to j*b is. But it will be a great feeling when I reach the point where I am free to tell them they can have their j*b if it sucks too much.

I'd imagine being truly FI and working only because you WANT to is a very liberating feeling, perhaps even more so than becoming 100% debt-free. Though in reality, it's often the latter which enables the former.
"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)

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Old 12-31-2010, 09:49 AM   #44
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In my twenties I loved my full time job as a staff accountant. I felt productive and like I was an important part of a team effort. I loved bringing home big bucks and accumulating savings. I enjoyed the challenge but not the petty politics and background noise. I found my niche in number crunching and would have stayed many years except that....

I really wanted kids. I quit to raise the family. Once I left I never had the slightest urge to go back to a megacorp setting. Now that we are 55 and DH is retired I don't have any desire to work anywhere full time. I work as a School Crossing Guard, 10 hrs/week and it's pretty much just to have money for a Roth IRA. Pleasant little low impact job (outside of weather issues), the schedule is as close as you can get to not working. I'm on break now and almost miss it.
Married, both 63. DH retired June, 2010. I have a pleasant little part time job.
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There were brief times when I enjoyed my work, but generally I have never been happy about it. Even when I had what I considered to be the best job of my career (extremely challenging, constantly learning, climbing a learning curve that was like Mount Everest, paid ridiculous amounts), the toll that the job took on my health, marriage and family was a serious drawback. I understand fully why my dad and brother took the entrepreneurial route even though I chose not to do so.

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