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Old 01-08-2015, 08:00 PM   #1
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so close I can taste it...

Company went public last year. Got all my ducks in a row. Know what we're spending. Have been living within our retirement budget (which only required minor adjustments) for several months. Moved to a lower tax state, and am now diversifying on schedule. Really, I could quit today. But for the rest of the year, every month I've got $5-figures worth of shares vesting, and it just seems unwise to walk away from that. It's going to provide us with a nice bump in either annual spending or safety, and I'll probably never reach that kind of income level again.

So I'm sticking with it for now... Work isn't bad. A lot of it is interesting. Some people are annoying. All pretty much par for the course. I just want to be doing other things than what I'm being paid for.

Somehow because it's so close, it seems that much more painful to have to keep w*rking. Little annoyances bug me more, not less.

I wish I could just hit fast-forward and wake up in December...
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:05 PM   #2
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Sure makes a difference in your attitude with the vesting and the chance to be FI. Stick it out, you even said it is not too bad. Always have people to deal with any job, some good and some bad. Just keep your eyes on the prize, and 11 more months until Dec.
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:14 AM   #3
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If it helps, remember that you have Another Plan in the works. As the BS roils at w*rk, you know your days of putting up with it are numbered. I hear ya, tho... Congrats on getting to where you are!
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:23 AM   #4
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If it helps, remember that you have Another Plan in the works. As the BS roils at w*rk, you know your days of putting up with it are numbered. I hear ya, tho... Congrats on getting to where you are!
+1 Even though I added a year, OMY syndrome, the fact that I see the light at the end of the tunnel and know I have prepared for the next phase gets me through the bad days.
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Got all my ducks in a row…. Really, I could quit today. But for the rest of the year, every month I've got $5-figures worth of shares vesting, and it just seems unwise to walk away from that. It's going to provide us with a nice bump in either annual spending or safety, and I'll probably never reach that kind of income level again. So I'm sticking with it for now.
While One More Year syndrome can be an easy trap to fall into, personally I see nothing wrong with deciding to postpone ER to add a bit of a savings buffer: especially when your job is non-toxic.

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Work isn't bad. A lot of it is interesting. Some people are annoying. All pretty much par for the course. I just want to be doing other things than what I'm being paid for.
Much better to be walking towards something than running away from something else.

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Somehow because it's so close, it seems that much more painful to have to keep w*rking. Little annoyances bug me more, not less.
That was not my post-FI but pre-ER experience. Knowing that I was on the job by choice and privately pursuing my own agenda/timetable made the petty stuff a lot more bearable.
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Congratulations. There's nothing wrong with taking easy money. You know you've got enough but you don't want to walk away from "free" money.

I extended my employment from mid-2014 to Jan 2015 to save somewhere around $60-70k in extra taxes due to a SERP payout. With a non-toxic job, it seemed like a no-brainer. I'm now just in a wrap up phase which could end any day. My boss is having problems finding billable projects for people and the "difficult transition" he envisioned seems less important now than find a charge number for someone on overhead. My bubbly is chilling.
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Thanks for the mental support, and confirmation I'm doing the right thing.
Eye on the prize, focus on the early retirement forums job.
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Isn't this your opportunity to say the things you really want to when dealing with obnoxious people at work? I mean, you aren't worried about career advancement or getting fired anymore! Start playing buzzword bingo in meetings, wear bizarre shirts, affect a fake British accent....the possibilities are endless!
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Old 01-14-2015, 05:45 PM   #9
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Laurence, sadly I cannot bring myself to do that.
I was tempted today to reply "that's not going to bite is this year, so go ahead." But it seems a little early to give notice.
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, affect a fake British accent....the possibilities are endless![/QUOTE] bloody hell! that's brilliant. I'm so gonna do that!
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That last year can be really fun. Being totally candid with annoying people can be a treat!
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Ever consider that early retirement could be unpatriotic?


Businesses Try To Stave Off Brain Drain As Boomers Retire : NPR
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As a 40 year old trying to climb the ladder, I think it's quite patriotic when y'all boomers retire!
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Ever consider that early retirement could be unpatriotic?
Nope. I'm sure some people see it that way, but being or appearing to be patriotic is not very high on my list.
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As a 40 year old trying to climb the ladder, I think it's quite patriotic when y'all boomers retire!
Boomers (and older) do need to retire to make room for those of us in our 40s, but unfortunately, many of them are still trying to recover losses from 2008! Many of those who have recovered are still gun shy about retiring, since they know they'll never be able to find a comparable position again.
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Earn some karma, do your younger coworkers (and your country) a big favour, and leave a legacy: spend as much time as you can during the coming year teaching what you know. Make your last year count, and it will pass a whole lot faster.
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Earn some karma, do your younger coworkers (and your country) a big favour, and leave a legacy: spend as much time as you can during the coming year teaching what you know. Make your last year count, and it will pass a whole lot faster.
I like that. Take the positive view. I'll keep this in mind next week and see what I can contribute.
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I have a couple years to go, but I found out when I became vested in 2014 and knew I could leave at anytime, my job became much better(was not bad to begin with). Now just knowing I can leave, I find that very little bothers me at work
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