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Old 05-03-2013, 07:25 AM   #21
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I didn't hate my job for a good portion of my career. But after years of number crunching, it got old. So why would anyone want to continue doing the same old thing if they can afford to do whatever they want?
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:31 AM   #22
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I am curious if the person who made this post considers themself to be in the category the title implies.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:34 AM   #23
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I am curious if the person who made this post considers themself to be in the category the title implies.
Either that, or just too much early retirement time on his hands
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:16 AM   #24
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To me, the OP is analogous to this:

"What did your parents do to you to make you not want to live with them forever?"

My parents (may they both rest on peace) provided a wonderful home but I happily moved to a dorm at 17 and permanently left their nest after getting my Masters degree at 23.

I have NO career regrets and like most (not just many) people here, I wanted to move on to another phase in my life via FIRE.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:38 AM   #25
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Probably #1 is outsourcing. Didn't see this coming 25 years ago. I work with fine folks and have no problem with them.

I just don't like being 10 1/2 hours out of sync with them. They don't like it either.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:50 AM   #26
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I studied hard and prepared well. But my chosen career of professional baseball player didn't pan out. So I got a job. Changed jobs on average of every five years to keep it interesting. Just tired of the routine, either time for a new job or ER.

It's really not a tough choice.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:01 AM   #27
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I didn't start my career wanting to retire. I have always been a saver (Mr. Howell was my fav Gilligan's Island character as a kid ) and after years of saving and investing, I started to realize that what happened to my portfolio was starting to affect my well being more than my income. Then through this forum, I found out there were other people like me who had saved their money and now had options other than working until they croaked. So while I want to retire and move on, I didn't start out that way.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:10 AM   #28
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I enjoyed the work, I hated the job.

I usually found the productive stuff that I did (financial analysis) interesting, and occasionally fascinating. But, I couldn't live with one more, new, egotistical CEO telling us that everything his predecessors had done was garbage and he was our savior. (Kind of the same thing his immediate predecessor had said.)

There was a similar thread some years ago, where the question was "What finally made you walk out the door? Why that particular date, not sooner or later?" The most common response was that people just got tired of organizational BS of some sort.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:25 AM   #29
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:32 AM   #30
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I think that you miss one of the main components of a job.... the boss....

I have done a number of different jobs in my life... all are in the field of accounting/finance...

When I first started, I did taxes... and worked a number of 100 hour weeks... decided to move on...

Had a good job that I liked.... liked the boss and coworkers.... but it failed...

Got a decent job, but still wanted something different.... boss knew it and I worked for a year before moving on...

Had a great job that I was really good at... also had a number of bosses... some were very good and I was happy... then they moved me to a group that was growing at over 100% a year... but they did not want to hire more people... they wanted you to work 70 or more hours... I did not... so even though I loved the job, crappy bosses made me move on...

Started a series of jobs... being moved around to fill needs... liked it a lot... but that ended when a power struggle at the top eliminated my bosses.... I was moved to a nice job...

But that had a number of bosses changing hands... some good, some bad... finally got one that knew very little and was intimidated by people who knew more than her... so she got rid of all of them (including me)....

Now I sit at a job that I can do in my sleep... even the CEO has told me they do not have enough for me to do.... but, I am at the end of my career and am happy with what I am doing... bored, but happy...


So, most of my discomfort in my jobs were directly related to my boss... not the job I was doing.... since I can not hire my boss, I have to live with who is assigned to me.... BTW, I used to keep up with how many I had.... I think I am past 30 bosses in my career....
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:07 AM   #31
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My best friend has been self employed as a not quite starving artist since he finished up art school (20 years). I graduated from grad school a couple years later and went corporate. So we are the classic passion vs $$ example.

We are both basically happy with our choices, even though they come with stresses.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:20 AM   #32
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I studied/trained for a career specialty that fits my abilities very well and has historically been very well paying. That was what I was focused on, and in the good times I made quite a lot of money as a result. However, I failed to account for:

- The amount of stress that goes with the career and the health effects of that stress.

- The fact that the times I have been happiest are when I ahve been outdoors. Being stuck in a cube has become agony.

- Bureaucratic bullcrap and nonsensical rules. Not only do I have to adhere to them, I now must enforce them.

- We only have so much time. I don't want to spend more of it miserble in a caube.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:41 AM   #33
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I followed my passion, science, and thoroughly enjoyed my 30 yr career. When I ER'd I thought about my w*rking yrs and decided that maybe 3 out of 30 yrs were bad yrs. I'm pretty satisfied with that. One of the bad 3 yrs was the last yr. I knew I was going to have to move onto a new project or job. When I realized I was FI I knew that ER was what I wanted to do. It was just a the next phase in my life. I have no regrets about my career or my choice of career. I am into my 3rd yr of ER and I love it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:43 AM   #34
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My first eight to ten years in law enforcement were like living a big Jerry Springer episode...very dynamic. After 13 years I ended up on the wrong side of a Sheriff's election and spent the next three years assigned to the jail. Looking for exit strategies is what lead me to FIRE. Lucky for me I had a previous life with the same retirement system so I have 28 years in the system and will ER in about 44 months at 31 years. BTW my candidate won last November and although things are great at work, I have already shifted gears and changed my priorities.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:48 AM   #35
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For me, the decision was that I no longer loved my job, (not sure I ever did). The job was a means to an end. The need was there to find something more that I could be more passionate to do/accomplish. Still not sure where that takes me, but the search should be fun. FI gives the ability to reach out to different areas and explore new possibilities. People have a way of changing over time, and hopefully growing into different roles and possibilities. I believe this is part of the maturation process that we all face. Maybe this search will come full circle? Who knows....
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:51 AM   #36
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Since high school, I set out for a job that provided for work/life balance. Couldn't have planned or been luckier.I now have an enviable career...... Health care specialist,solo practitioner (no politics but also no emerg coverage ), 28 hrs on 4 days with no call, 3 day weekends, very lucrative, the work if not passionate is tolerable. I've always believed in "work to live rather than live to work" . BUT I won't count my chickens before their hatched and anxiously counting down the days (hopefully 5 years) when I am FIRED and not DEPENDENT on my job to sustain my family and lifestlye.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:54 AM   #37
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Aw heck. That's an easy one. What person would choose getting paid to not-work over getting paid to work?

After awhile you learn it's better to invest and have control over your life and environment than running an endless rat race and losing sight of what life is really about. Not all of us can be astronauts.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:58 AM   #38
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I could have done better, but I don't mind.
It just sorta wasted my precious time.
Don't think twice, it's all right.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:00 AM   #39
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Something went south. A lot of you folks obviously studied hard, made all kinds of sacrifices, maybe even went to graduate school so you could work in your chosen profession. And, now, many of you are counting the days, months, years, or decades looking for the time you can quit the job you hate. Now, I understand that many of you just want to retire early to get on with your lives, but what about the others of you? What happened? What didnít you account for?
My "career" choice turned out to be close to ideal for my skill set and interests, but thirty years later, after the corporate BS increased exponentially, after being right-sized, down-sized, and out-sized, after going from "valued" member of the "team" to a line item on the budget that needed cutting, and, quite frankly, being shiftless, lazy, and HA/ADD, I just have better things to do with myself than show up for more...

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Old 05-03-2013, 11:53 AM   #40
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Like anything in life a job changes over time. Also within any chosen field there are many job positions. Sometimes in a small field you get get stuck in "position" and can't move to another position. After many reorgs, downsizings, mergers etc things changed and it lost its amusement value.
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