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Old 12-21-2018, 09:21 AM
 
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I retired at 63. I had everything goung good except energy and enthusiasm. Thats when I knew it was time.
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Old 12-21-2018, 09:24 AM
 
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The top of the game for me was when I financially reached a point where I could say good bye and GOOD RIDDANCE to work!!!

There was no other "top" in my working life. Setting myself up for an early retirement was the only thing that I really cared about.
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Old 12-21-2018, 09:50 AM
 
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I retired at 63. I had everything goung good except energy and enthusiasm. Thats when I knew it was time.
I expect that will be about it for me too.
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Old 12-21-2018, 02:41 PM
 
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Spent 37 years in an industry and became some what of an expert. Guest speaker at numerous conferences and association meetings. Served as an expert witness and quoted in numerous periodicals. My replacement was a nice fellow that spent 2 days with me. I presented my forecast and a strategy going forward. He trashed it the day I left, thought he knew a better way. He didn't and lasted 18 months. Company asked me to consult, gave them a price....too much money. Next guy lasted 6 months, lost them millions.

Doing well with my consulting business helping competitors of my ex employer. They went cheap...the sweetness of low price is over shadowed by the bitterness of poor quality.
Ha! Great story. Nobody remembers "penny wise, pound foolist!" I guess.

I worked in a school for a couple of years, with troubled youth. There were three counselors but they were so bogged down in scheduling that they had no time for counseling other than swapping classes around. Some system. So I was the go-to guy there for errant youth.

One of my co-workers wanted to retire. She'd been there since the earth cooled. EVERYONE in schools and in town and in the business knew her and respected her. She was worried about making enough money in retirement, she had an elder mother to care for.

I said, become a consultant. You'll make more, work less, enjoy it more, stress less. She did, it did, she was a very happy retiree and part-time consultant.
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Old 12-22-2018, 02:56 PM
 
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Was top in experience. Was sliding in terms of enthusiasm, creativity and willingness to put in the long hours. However, experience sure makes up for a lot especially when dealing with those who don't have any.
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