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Old 01-29-2009, 07:24 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by BunsGettingFirm View Post
However, I find that the reality of doing a job on computers has only a passing resemblance to the fun of making computers work.
I so hear that. We bought our first computer -- an old Trash-80 Color Computer (aka "CoCo") back around 1981. We splurged for the "extended" version with a whopping 16K of RAM (instead of 4K for the base model). I spent that summer (about to become a junior in high school) fascinated with programming it and writing my own little silly games and stuff, using the included BASIC language from some unknown company called "Microsoft".

I enjoyed it enough that I decided to study CS in college. It's been good to me, I guess, but if I had it to do over again, I probably would have kept this as a hobby and found something else in the working world, most likely with top-notch job security and retirement benefits. But we play the hand we dealt ourselves and move on...

"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:33 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by Canadian Grunt View Post

Here is the question;

Are you drawn to money and benefits over stimulating work, a better lifestyle, or work you would prefer to do? Would you sacrifice some retirement time to gain more enjoyment out of life now? For you older retired folks, If you could go back would you have lived more and saved less even though you would have delayed retirement?

This may be especially relevant now, since even the best plan may not achieve the outcome in the end, which would make earlier sacrifices futile.


I came to the discussion late. Lots of folks have answered your questions, but, of course, it's THEIR answers - for them. You need to answer your own questions - for yourself. There are tools to help you do this. One tool I found especially helpful was given to me free (by my company) before I was FI and before I had seriously considered RE. The particular tool was called (IIRC) "Career Anchors Workshop". Part of the process was to take a "test" (sort of like those high school guidance office tests.) The tests helped you discover what it was that drew you to your career. There were categories such as "Pure Challenge", "Entrepreneurial", and others. My two highest scores were for "Lifestyle" and "Competence". So, for me, I worked to make money to live the way I want to - e.g., "Lifestyle" and I worked to be recognized for my skills, accomplishments, etc. - e.g., "Competence". Sounds almost like the questions you asked, eh?

You might also try the Myers-Briggs evaluation (Lots of INTJ's here, IIRC - I'm not one of them, heh, heh.)

My point is that you need to explore what keeps you at work and what would draw you away. If that equation gets out of balance, and if you have become financially independent, you have the option to bail out. It's good to get other's thoughts on this, but you have to decide what is important for you at some point.

Good luck. Sounds like you've already started the process by asking the questions.

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Old 02-03-2009, 05:42 PM   #43
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...You need to answer your own questions - for yourself.

...Sounds like you've already started the process by asking the questions.
Lets hope so - he posted those questions last October and hasn't been heard from for the past three months.

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