Our Next Life series: Part 1 – Quitting!

54 thoughts on “Our Next Life series: Part 1 – Quitting!”

  1. That will be an exciting day! “I want the rest of my life off.” I think that’s a fabulous elevator speech for early retirement! And a great tagline too. Early retirement: Because I want the rest of my life off. Preach it, brotha! (And have fun in Long Island!)

  2. Steve – I’m the exact same way. I’ve changed companies once since graduating college, and changed my job within my current employer once as well. Things are fun at first when they’re new. New is always fun. But then the monotony sets in. All the crap you hated about your last job shows its face in one way or another. I’ve been debating hard lately if I wanted to find another job, but I know that won’t make me happy. Maybe it will speed up my FI date, but is it worth it? I think the only way I’ll ever be happy, is if I’m working for myself or FI.

    If I was as close to FI as you, the decision would be easy. But I’m not, I still have approximately 10 years to go. That’s what makes it hard.

    1. Hey Fervent,

      Unfortunately for me, the monotony sets in fairly quickly. I wish I could spend a couple years just muddling through, but I tend to get used to things fairly quickly – this can work out great…and not so great, too. 🙂

  3. Love the play by play. I think this is how most office drones feel, though maybe not all management. People just don’t envision a different way of living or take the steps (savings, side hustles, etc) needed to exit.

    1. Thanks Adam! Getting into that drone feeling is just way the heck too easy, isn’t it? It seems like whenever I find a new job, I am quickly thereafter looking for my way out. It’s a wicked cycle that never seems to change.

      My only real choice is to retire early and have some fun. 🙂

  4. I think this is great as I have said in other comments. I do have a question…is there anything though that would delay and/or speed up your final date? I mean you put it to 2020 originally, now it is 2016….if the market tanks would that change a bit where you would want a bit more FU money.

    1. Hey Jason! I suppose if the market tanked, we might re-think our FI plan – but honestly, we are prepared to do just about anything that we need to to make our FI date work. If that means that we find a few odd jobs here and there, we’ll probably do that. We are more than okay doing some of that stuff if we feel like we need.

  5. “I want the rest of my life off “. I love that. Mr SSC decided yesterday that we are moving up our date to mid 2017… Right before we turn 40. We don’t care if we don’t have enough saved… We will make it enough! we walk around thinking some of those exact same thoughts as you… But having kids makes us feel like me can’t be impulsive… Hence setting a date in less than two years!

    1. Hey Mrs. SSC,

      Good on you for your change in retirement date! I’ve found that if you are flexible enough, you can make almost ANYTHING work. Do you know yet what you guys are going to “do” after you’re done with your full time jobs?

  6. Steve – I love how you tell the story!
    I’ve quit once before and then I found myself lucky to be in a company large enough to just change jobs every 2-3 years.
    But like you say, the quitting phase was so liberating. Interestingly enough, it was much more satisfying than any promotion I’ve received. Like i had actually achieved something unique and so brave.
    I might be tempted to do that again one day 🙂

    1. Hey Money Mine,

      My first company out of college was like that…large enough to just move around every now and again. But for me, even THAT got old. I think this was the beginning of my realization that I don’t really like having and holding a “job”. 🙂

      Thanks for reading!

  7. Steve,

    That’s good stuff, my friend. Who wants two weeks off when they can have their whole life off? Definitely agree! 🙂

    I’m with you in that there’s never been any “job” that I’ve liked doing. I like mixing it up. I might like doing one project for a few months or even a year or two, but I invariably want to try something new. Jobs don’t really give you that flexibility. And, like you mention, jobs usually come with all that other garbage (commutes, quotas, meetings, office politics, etc.) that ends up being a total bummer and ruins what might otherwise not be a bad gig.

    Looking forward to seeing how things play out for you guys!


    1. Hey Jason,

      Appreciate the read and your comment. I’m with you, I definitely like mixing it up. I start to get restless after a few months of doing the same thing. Maybe I’m just impatient, not sure. 🙂

      Trying something new is the spice of life in my opinion. Always learning, always improving.

      Thanks again Jason.

  8. It is sickening how true your statement is: …”the monotony started to set in. Day after day was always the same, questions. Concerns. Issues. Meetings. More questions. More concerns. More issues. More…meetings. It all started to accumulate within me. My frustration grew.”

    Steve, I think we worked for the same company. We put up with a bunch of mindless drivel to complete those dreaded performance reviews. Let’s make sure we all set those SMART goals so that we can do what is best for the company’s vision statement and quarterly reports.

    I agree with you, I ready to take off life.

    1. Hey Bryan,

      There is something about those damn performance reviews that just put us over the top, isn’t there? Maybe it’s the fact that nobody, including the layers of management above us, care about those things anyway. It’s just one of those checkboxes that represent so much of what management has become in this country – or always has been, not sure. I’ve heard the SMART acronym before. I’m shivering now that I’m thinking about it again! 🙂

  9. Dude, that’s exactly how I felt when I quit my last job. I’d gotten moved up from finding oil to project management and research. Yeah baby! I’ve made it! Then the meetings started, and my micro micro manager boss dealt with my project I was managing until I told him the stark reality that his budget was crap, it’s a solve the world problem that needs focus and let me do what I’m paid to do. I got the project approved with a specific goal, and double his original budget and joined my new company 3 weeks later. I really wanted to get that project through though just to make sure more money wasn’t spent poorly. I do own stock there still…. Yeah, I’m ready to get to the next phase as soon as possible, so congrats on you guys for following your goals too!

    1. Thanks Mr. SSC,

      Yeah, the monotony of management BS isn’t easy to take. I don’t know where I’d be right now if I didn’t quit that job, but I can pretty much bet that I’d be much, much more unhappy. It just ain’t worth it.

    2. Thank you for your kind words tomy action shots! You know I love photography, but only recently took my very first class. I adore the bench posts and they always make me wish I was able to travel to visit them all. I may have found you via Malyss's Bench blog in the beginning.Today it is the last photo here that made me say WOW!

  10. Love the idea of this series, and am sorta thinking we should make it a series like the About Series you started. How bout it?

    Totally agree with you — the grass is never greener. It’s why we’re willing to put up with jobs that are far too stressful for a few more years, because they are helping us reach our goals, and because anything else we do will be the same stuff, different day — though probably for less money. No thanks. Do you find yourself doing what we sometimes do, when work is especially lame, and imagine you’re writing your final goodbye email? That’s become a bit of a guilty pleasure. 🙂

    1. Hey ONL – agreed on making it a series! 🙂

      Honestly, yeah, I have imagined myself writing both my goodbye email as well as my “I’m free!” post for my blog. Honestly, there are so many different ways that I can go about that. I’m already decided that I’m going to be completely honest with my employer. No sugar-coat, baby! I’m traveling for a living.

      Thanks for reading. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with if you continue the series. It’s fun to write!

  11. dealing with this organization’s crap and the familiar concern over whether or not my weekend is going to be frantic OMG-Everything-Is-Down-Please-Fix call free or not.

    Near the end of my 20 year run with my company I feared my weekends, because I didn’t want a phone calls that last 6, 8, 10 hours to fix crap and spoil my family time.

    1. Yup, you definitely feel my pain. It wasn’t a tough decision to leave that job even with the impressive-sounding title. I’m glad that I did – and I definitely have my weekends back. 🙂

  12. Steve, I’m right there with you! I’m at the point where I don’t feel like I can relate to anyone at work. It’s like no one else sees what is really going on. I’ve been expressing some frustration to coworkers and they keep asking me what I don’t like about the job. It takes everything in me not to tell them, “The truth is that I am not cut out for the ‘traditional’ job – any job.” What a great line, sums it up perfectly!

    1. Thanks for dropping by! Yup, you definitely feel my pain. The whole traditional job environment is just terribly unproductive and tends to kill productivity. I understand that to a certain degree, that environment is one of those “necessary evils” because there are so many people who would just wander aimlessly without it. But that still doesn’t mean that we have to like it…or spend 40 years of our lives actually submitting to it. 🙂

  13. When you quit your director job, did you take a pay cut to move to the next job? If so, do you ever wish that you stuck it out with a higher savings rate so that you could’ve knocked months off your working life?

    I ask because I’m living the suck now and have decided (for now) to stick with the very high paying, but stressful job rather than a lower paying, grass is greener job with the intent that this will allow me to give up all jobs earlier.

    1. Hey Scott – it actually turned out to be a pay RAISE, but I didn’t know it at the time. At the time that I was looking, I was totally prepared to stop hating my life, even if that meant a reduced salary.

      But like you’re alluding to, there is a fine line between making the best decision for your happiness and making the best decision for your finances and goal to retire early. It really is a tough decision.

      In my case, if I were truly hating every second of my life, that would serve as a pretty darn strong motivator for me to look elsewhere, even with the realization that I might be working an additional couple of years because of it. In the end, you never know what’ll happen at that next job anyway. There might be a huge opportunity 3 months into it that you’ll get to move into and make almost what you’re making now.

      And if we’re only talking months, rather than years, that might stand as an even better motivator for me to look for other work.

      Another trick would be to simply reduce your cost of living for the first year or two after retirement so the reduced salary won’t effect you as much. If your job sucks enough now, that might be a compromise that you’d be willing to take.

      Best of luck with your decision. Let me know how it goes!

      Take care.

    1. Ha! If Netflix offers me a movie deal, it would be hard-pressed for me not to take it. Of course, it might also turn out to be the most boring movie ever made, too! 🙂

  14. With regards to being “on call” with your work–yeah that’s the worst feeling. Back in college, I took a summer stint as a substitute teacher at a daycare. It was terrible and exhausting to plan my week and life around if/when they called me in to work. So glad to be done with that, and I’m sure you are too! 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comment Selina. I agree, that kind of work can be absolutely exhausting. The day I quit that job was the first day that I could truly relax when outside of the office. 🙂

  15. My bf works in IT as a software developer and he’s had a couple of occasions where he had to show up at Christmas once, another time at midnight, and even at 6 am to take care of tech issues. It’s a tough field at times. I wish you the best. =)

    1. Thanks Jaime. The IT field pays well, but it can also drain the life out of you. It’s certainly not fun sometimes, though I haven’t had to work on Christmas Day yet. At this point in my life, I might consider using the FU money excuse to make sure that doesn’t happen! 🙂

  16. Steve,

    Before you quit, please consider getting laid off instead! You might get a severance, and you will be able to collect unemployment benefits for 26 weeks at the very least, cushioning the transition.


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