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Old 01-20-2015, 07:07 PM   #21
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I made my decision to ER in July 2010. My "number" was my 55th birthday in 2011 which was about 9 months after my ER decision. There is no logic to this. It just sounded right at the time. I had worked out the financial considerations before making my ER decision.

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Old 01-20-2015, 11:02 PM   #22
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I remember telling folks I'd retire at 55, but when that time came, I was unsure and not highly motivated to retire. Does that sound weird ?

Anyhow, after some friends announced they were retiring, I started to seriously look at it and realized I could have retired at 55, so I pulled the plug right away

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Old 01-21-2015, 07:05 AM   #23
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I set January 1, 2016 as my target date back in the summer of 1987 when ER first came into my mind. I'll be 50 and will have completed 31 years of service at the same employer (me). I set this as the date to exit the business and ER, not saying I might not still work, but on my terms.

I would compare it to a pitcher going 7 strong innings and giving the ball to a reliever. I didn't pace myself to go 9 innings and my arm is tired.

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