Reaching FI definitely made a huge difference in my attitude about w*rk. Related elsewhere, it also just about coincided with an assignment that I really enjoyed (Glory be!). A few years later when that assignment was taken away and replaced with more typical Corp. BS, I had a choice. I could hold on, do a crappy job (I really wasn't that qualified and the assignment had been passed from other people who had failed at it) collect some really decent money until it was time to move to paradise but have to listen to criticism from half a dozen bosses at what a crappy job I was doing. Or I could bail. Funny thing about my work ethic. I can't stand to do a crappy job, so even though I too probably would have failed, I would have beat my head against the wall trying. I just can't work any other way. I take no credit for that nor do I pat myself on the back for it. I assume it's in the genes or something passed from my upbringing. But, long story short, I bailed. I didn't want to do it anymore and I didn't have to. Now THAT's liberating!