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Old 08-01-2013, 10:36 AM   #21
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I've experienced it both ways- hit my my "minimum comfortable" FI number while working for a toxic organization, and decided that the BS bucket not only wasn't going to get less full, but was rapidly reaching overflow, so I left. Thought I was retired at that point, but I missed some aspects of my profession, and when an interesting posiion presented itself, I took it. Have been here 5 years now, and during "high BS" times, knowing that I can leave has helped reduce the stress immeasuarbly.

Sometimes a change of latitude will help the change of attitude.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:25 AM   #22
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I've experienced it both ways- hit my my "minimum comfortable" FI number while working for a toxic organization, and decided that the BS bucket not only wasn't going to get less full, but was rapidly reaching overflow, so I left. Thought I was retired at that point, but I missed some aspects of my profession, and when an interesting posiion presented itself, I took it. Have been here 5 years now, and during "high BS" times, knowing that I can leave has helped reduce the stress immeasuarbly.

Sometimes a change of latitude will help the change of attitude.
I think the attitude is definitely key. It hasn't been that long since I've reached my "minimum comfortable" FI number but an attitude change may help in addition to reducing my hours. I am currently trying to let things go that I have no control over (things that I would beat myself up over in the past).

As Tony Horton on my P90x workout DVD says "Do your best and forget the rest".
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:33 PM   #23
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I've experienced it both ways- hit my my "minimum comfortable" FI number while working for a toxic organization, and decided that the BS bucket not only wasn't going to get less full, but was rapidly reaching overflow, so I left. Thought I was retired at that point, but I missed some aspects of my profession, and when an interesting posiion presented itself, I took it. Have been here 5 years now, and during "high BS" times, knowing that I can leave has helped reduce the stress immeasuarbly.

Sometimes a change of latitude will help the change of attitude.
That's a very good observation.

I love your screen name btw
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:51 PM   #24
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I'd be interested if anyone on this board has reached FI and felt like the latter scenario or if that falls into the believing in Unicorns category.
I'm much closer to the latter. I always enjoyed most of my job and it overlaps with of of my main hobbies (technology). With all the feedback from calculators and financial planner indicating I'm FI, the BS component I have to deal with just doesn't matter as much. In case lots of relates to things to keep "running the race" to seek "visibility", promotions and raises. Since I do not need any of that I can mostly ignore the related B.S. In addition, should Megacorp choose to let me go, the severance would be the equivalent of 6-7 years of health insurance premiums, nothing I would complain about.
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