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Old 08-14-2011, 11:37 PM
 
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Great questions! I had to really think about my answers.

First, I wouldnt change one thing about my 42-year career. I wish I'd gone to work for my last employer a lot sooner -- but I was there 20 years and had wonderful learning experiences, a chance to advance and I was able to build up a nice pension. One thing that worked in my favor throughout my career is that I was never a job-hopper when times were good. I had the chance to go to other companies and make more $$$ many times -- but those companies frequently folded or were sold later. My decision to stay with the more stable, even if they didnt pay so well, jobs worked out to my benefit long-term. And I ended up at my last company where my work ethic was appreciated with more $$$ than I could ever have imagined.

Second, I do have some regrets about spending so much time on my hobby in the early years. I ignored other parts of my life, outside of work, because of the hobby and, in the end, what I gave up wasnt worth what I gained. I have great memories of 20+ years ago, though, and still dabble in it part-time.
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:27 AM
 
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It really doesn't make sense to have regrets about a road not taken, because you can't know how it would have turned out, right? Now, I've tried and done pretty much everything in my control that I thought I wanted to do, and have no regrets about having found out what my dreams were and weren't. Maybe that is one way that regret could come up- not having tried- but you should never assume that, if you'd done X, it would have turned out great. You just can't know.
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:59 AM
 
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No regrets, I have always attempted to maintain a balance in my life. I also realized that there are only two ways to earn money, go to work everyday or invest and let your money work for you. In retirement my money continues to work for me and I am able to persue my hobbies and travel.
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