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Old 04-15-2016, 12:22 PM   #41
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Irishgal I think you know. I understand the initial excitement, something similar happened to me as I started at Megacorp. My old job wanted to pay me twice what I'd made there to run a second shift for them. I was tempted, but I wanted to spend the time learning my new trade. So it wasn't good for me long term.

After months of retirement you have the taste of what it means to enjoy the non-work life. I was thinking as I read the thread of what it might be like to go back and it'd be like lighting my hair on fire. Sure wouldn't want to do that to your great hair! Don't go.

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Old 04-15-2016, 02:45 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by irishgal View Post
So here I am, ER since June this year, happy as a clam.
Then I get a call from someone I w&@ked with years ago who is now with a well known and exciting tech type company. They have a position that 10 years ago, maybe even 5 years ago I would have died for.

And essentially, it's mine if I want it.

So I'm enamored with the money, the excitement, all that rot, but I also realize I would be back in the rat race with zero free time on the weekdays, etc.

Has anyone else been faced with this? I'm making a pros and cons list now but would love feedback!
I am there. I can tell you exactly what's in store.

In 2015 I was working from home, and very secure with just 3 months work. That would plug the need to draw any retirement money.

Late 2015 I was lured into working for a small company. Manager was super, gave me the money I asked for. I took the position as it would fully fund home repairs that we need to sell the house. That is our goal, and I hope to do this for two years.

Having a net positive flow is awesome.

Working with younger people in a growing small business is light years ahead of dying megacorp service company with layers of muck.

Going to work each day was exciting for about 6 months. The area is a fine environment. I can walk to the customer's office, say hello to the groundhogs, and grab a bite to eat.

Eventually, it becomes a job. This recently happened for me. I am on my 3rd boss. I am getting pulled into aspects of the job I did not agree to. I am wearing 4 or 5 hats. I gave 3 back to my boss, then the customer added another. Really?

I'm taking it in stride. Working from home at least one day a week, and trying to always be off on Friday. Doing whatever I can to make it fun again.

Keep in mind you can go in and perform like a pro. Then start reducing time in the office. You can always quit!

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Old 04-15-2016, 06:22 PM   #43
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Wow. So many great responses that have really helped me develop a better perspective and understand (which was rather painful) why my initial reaction was to say yes.

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Does it have to be an all or nothing? Is there an option for a short term consulting gig with a definite end-date? I think that's worth exploring.

If this opportunity wasn't enticing, you wouldn't have brought it up.
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Just to chime in from an options perspective.

Since you are FI, you can walk away whenever you want. So what's the harm in trying if you are not sure?

Saying no means the opportunity is gone forever. Saying yes still gives you the 'no' as an option whenever you want.

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