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Keeping it simple - Avoiding temptation
Old 04-30-2005, 03:55 AM   #1
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Keeping it simple - Avoiding temptation

It seems to me that I spend more time fussing over this
than perhaps any other aspect of retirement, although
I will allow this may change in the future.

Right now, I have my life about as simplified as it's ever
been ( as an adult). Children gone, no debts, no job,
fewer hobbies/toys, etc. OTOH, the old "Type A" juices
and entreprenurial instincts are still bubbling just below
this placid exterior. It's a constant battle to stay out
of "deals" and avoid "commitments". DW is no help as
her first answer is "Yeah, we should do that!'
or "It would be easy!" or " I could do that- no problem!". I like her enthusiasm, but I'm too old and lazy to be starting new business ventures, even if she
says she will handle the details (I know I would get
invloved and then feel like an idiot). Our age difference
is only 5 years, so that is not the main driver here.
Maybe I just see farther into the future than she does,
or more likely I just see the pitfalls in the forest while
she only sees the gold in the trees ( damn good
metaphor)

Any other former entreprenuers or partly ERed families
dealing with this? I remember in Paul Terhorst's book
that he claimed he was pretty immune to this problem.

JG
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Re: Keeping it simple - Avoiding temptation
Old 04-30-2005, 07:04 AM   #2
 
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Re: Keeping it simple - Avoiding temptation

Could you give some examples of what you mean by deals and committments?

I've found that sometimes you can't appreciate the slow life without a period of more activity. For example, for a while I was playing in a big band which involved 45 minute drive to rehearsals once a week. When I stopped, I really appreciated not having to make the trip. But now I take the evenings at home for granted.

In other words, with occasional deals and committments, you can better appreciate the simplified life.
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Hi JG,

As a former enterprenuer and partly (90%) ER'ed I understand your perspective. Its oversimplifying to say to DW or anyone else "been there done that".

Most people, especially those closest to me dont understand and are a bit afraid of ER. So its typical for them to want me to get back in the game. The money (paycheck) is an addictive drug. I'm free of it and want to stay that way.

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I guess once an enterprenuer will always be an enterprenuer.

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I guess once an enterprenuer will always be an enterprenuer.

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Not necessarily so Spanky. Some entreprenuers sell out and want to get back to the simplicity of 9 to 5 and a paycheck.
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Re: Keeping it simple - Avoiding temptation

I've had a number of businesses in my life and I sold them all and I am glad. I have less money but almost no headache's. When I had lots of money I had no time to enjoy it, time is your most precious asset.

I have some great ideas for businesses and I know I could do well with them. But the money's not that important to me now. Maybe if I was young it would make more sense.

Just MHO!
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