Over the past one and a half years since leaving Corporate America I’ve done some deep thinking about early retirement through posts such as:
When you’re used to working 12 hour days every day for 13 years it’s very hard to suddenly downshift from sixth to first. You’ll blow up your engine if you do. There needs to be a gradual progression whenever large life changes are made.
The first six months of retirement I was second guessing myself on whether I made the right move. I had just turned 35 years old and short-circuited my career in finance so I could spend more time traveling and doing this new thing online. I worked my ass off to finish writing my book on “How To Engineer Your Layoff” so I could at least say that I produced something meaningful if all went to hell.
My doubts began to calm down during my second six months of retirement because I was able to take a 2.5 week long business trip to Europe to research the happiest people in the world. Traveling while writing and maintaing my online business helped crystallize why I decided to leave Corporate America in the first place – more freedom!
The final six months have been an absolute blast, with six weeks this summer in NYC, Mallorca, and Switzerland (links to FOMO, finding perfect summers, and eradicating apathy) and four weeks this winter in Hawaii all the while working of course. There’s absolutely no law against having fun while traveling to understand different cultures to share them with all of you in my writing. The key is moderation.
ONE THING MISSING FROM THE BELT