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to escape a very bad work situation; I could barely take it any more 17 12.69%
to get out of a tolerable but unpleasant work situation 12 8.96%
to pursue specific enjoyable pursuits in retirement; work was OK but irrelevant 42 31.34%
to just relax and minimize anything of a stressful or demanding nature 38 28.36%
to reduce my workload which was rewarding but too demanding 8 5.97%
I can't really identify a predominant motivation - it was a balance 17 12.69%
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:24 PM   #41
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Looks like things are no better for wine drinkers:
Wine lovers must make do with no more than four liters of cask wine per day
I had no idea those Aussies were so uptight...

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Old 10-07-2009, 11:21 AM   #42
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I'd have to say none of the above - I'm doing it to own my own time and do what I want and pursue my own agenda, not anyone else's. I've had my share of crappy and great jobs - what I realized, luckily enough early on - was the FI key - and that could be FI for a few years only. To be able to mentally tell someone FU if I don't want to work for them and know that I have enough money to at least cover a few years of no tworking, makes for me a huge mental transformation. I then can do the job to the best of my ability and not worry about the long-term affects. One great thing about the military is every year there's about a 33% turnover....can be a new job every year, although their idea of "I own your a$$" 24 hours gets old. I had my Reserve boss ask me to go on 365 day orders - I said no :-) 8 days here, 12 days here, is OK and keep me in the game. However, longer than that and they are getting too attached. It's the same for my business - short projects - definable deliverables. Gives me breaks of time.

I'll be honest, I don't know if I'll totally retire from the consulting business - from the military, yes. But as above, the key is FI.

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Old 10-07-2009, 01:23 PM   #43
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I was looking for an excuse to post this link. Thanks bbbami!

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Old 10-07-2009, 01:33 PM   #44
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My version of number 3 was something like:
Hey, I'm FI! - now I can go do all those things I've always wanted to do; work is really starting to get in the way!

I agree - and chose #3 also! While I do thoroughly enjoy my j*bs, being employed just continues to get in the way of things I look forward to doing (extended trips, being involved in certain organizations to the degree I am interested in, etc...) Like many here, I have golden handcuffs (and anklets!) - just have to wait to a certain age to collect! However, I am practicing RE like mad on weekends and vacations! 11 or so more years to go!
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:00 PM   #45
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Left on Oct 1st. Time to go and I'm just eligble this month. Been in construction for 30 years and my knowledge and nohow is not wanted.
also started school at 4 years old and have been making my way since I was 13. Time to step out and enjoy life. 7 days and counting.
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:56 AM   #46
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left on oct 1st. Time to go and i'm just eligble this month. Been in construction for 30 years and my knowledge and nohow is not wanted.
Also started school at 4 years old and have been making my way since i was 13. Time to step out and enjoy life. 7 days and counting.
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:42 AM   #47
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In my situation, it was a balance. I worked for the same company for 30 years and have seen it change so much. When I joined it, I went to work there instead of somewhere else because of the people with which I would be working. Gradually over the years, the company (the people at the top) has changed dramatically. The people who really cared about employees have gradually been replaced by the current crop of MBA's who know they won't last long in any one situation or company and are out to make the most money in the least amount of time. That has made work less enjoyable. At the same time, the company focus has changed to a very short term emphasis (no concern for the future). Since I worked in research, that meant my work was given less importance.
[Maybe this just sounds like a microcosm of what has happened to American business in general over the last 30 years....]
In addition, I saw many people that said they wanted to do other things with their lives - and then waited too late to do them. They ended up dying or being physically unable to live their dreams. I didn't want to end up like that.

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