If you feel like debating, head over to “The Dark Side Of Early Retirement” and get your fix. I stand by my main thesis that nobody quits a job they love to do. Someone who is able to find a fulfilling job is one of the luckiest people on Earth. We shouldn’t make fun of them for being a “loser” for working as one commenter put it. Instead, we should figure out what makes them tick!
Everybody gets bored at something after enough repetition. That’s why it’s key to have many different interests which straddle both the mental and the physical aspects of your life. No surprise that interesting people have a plethora of interests. These people also probably have a higher than normal level of commitment to their activities which make them that much more intriguing.
THE TOP 5 “I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY’RE PAYING ME TO DO THIS!” JOBS
1) Tennis instructor at the 4 Seasons in Bora Bora. Crystal blue waters and sunshine, two of the best things, which also so happen to be free in life! You can be dirt poor, but if you’re living in a place like Bora Bora, I venture to guess you can compete with any rich person in a downtrodden, polluted land. I think it’d be great to meet new travelers through tennis and keep in touch online.
2) Snowboard instructor for The Lodge at the base of Vail, Colorado. Nothing beats the back bowls of Vail! We’re talking 10 minute wide open, steep, tree-less, and massive powder runs! The Lodge is a quaint resort, and every time I go to Vail I meet some very interesting people.
3) TV sportscaster for college football and basketball. I literally could watch college football and basketball all day and night long, to the dismay of some! That said, I don’t and pick and choose so as to not over indulge. When college football and basketball season start, my excitement literally goes up a notch.
4) Food critic for Michelin. Yes, for starters I would like the Black Truffle Salad and Yellow-fin Tuna Carpaccio. Please pair with a bottle of 1974 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay. For the main course, I’ll have the Butter Poached Maine Lobster with a cup of extra melted butter on the side. I’ll pass on your selection of caviar and artisan cheeses and go straight for the Mandarin Souffle. Oh, and here’s my business card.
5) President of The United States. There’s no amount of money in the world enough to match the stress of being the Commander in Chief. Hence, I’d rather not take a salary and serve my country for free. One of the first steps as President? Institute a flat tax so we no longer have to discriminate against hard working American citizens who’ve struggled to get to where they are! I’d also reduce military spending to fund education. It’d be awesome to take Airforce I and a bunch of family and friends to Hawaii like the President does every December. Meanwhile, winning the Noble Peace Prize for being in office after one year ain’t too shabby either!
THE NEXT TOP 5 JOBS THAT COME TO MIND
6) Masseuse guinea pig. Rub me baby!
7) Blogger. Financial Samurai is so fun, thinking about monetizing just isn’t on my mind for this site. It’s just a blast learning from y’all meeting new people and gaining perspective. If someone wants to pay to advertise, great! Someone else who needs the money more will receive it. If not, that’s OK too. The next project will come out by mid August, and I’m working hard behind the scenes to make sure it gets executed.
8} Late Stage Film Critic (Academy Awards). I say late stage because I’m specifying the desire to critique only the best movies that have already passed the gauntlet! You know, movies such as Shawshank Redemption, The Matrix, The Usual Suspects, Hot Tub Time Machine and many more, which only a late stage film critic would get to review. What joy!
9) Travel writer and photographer. I don’t know how to take wonderful photographs like our friend Lyndon, but I do love to travel and write on occasion. Send me to Barcelona or Rio de Janeiro to write about their favorite foods and secret gems I’m there! Put me on a train towards Amsterdam to write about whether locals really eat special brownies after lunch, no problem!
10) English teacher in a non English speaking country. If we can’t communicate properly, we’re wasting our potential. Given English continues to become the global language standard, teaching English to those who wish to speak English is very important. Let me go see if the Maldives or somewhere in the South Pacific needs an instructor.
So there you have it. I love travel, sports, eating, and writing. Many of these jobs provide free lodging (White House anybody?) and food (4 Seasons) can literally be done for free. When it comes time to retire at 45, I’m prepared to incorporate these elements into the next stage of my life. Perhaps I can be a travel writer in Bora Bora in the morning while teaching tennis in the afternoon? Perhaps I can be a traveling food and luxury resort critic on my site, while letting the new spa staff give me full body massages before they work on paying customers. At any rate, I look forward to early retirement by 45, because I’ve got a full docket of things planned!
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Updated for 2017 and beyond.