I quit my job last August. It wasn't a bad job really but I was working long hours and I could see that the work load was going to increase again. Work was stressful, home life was stressful. Something had to give so I packed in the job.
I had a wonderful few months of not working and would have been happy to continue that way. Unfortunatly I decided to leave my husband (time off work made me realise that I wanted different things in life to him) and had to get an income to be able to move out.
I now have a better job on more money, less stress and I'm much happier.
Helped a guy out yesterday who told me how his middle aged son doesn't work. Just charms the richest women he can find, marries her and dumps her when he's become bored.
Has become a millionaire this way. And as miserable as hell.
I really should get out more.
Fraser Wells wrote (see)
My sister in law and her other half managed to retire in their 40s and buy a plot of land in Spain. They now spend their time making butter and playing chopping down wood. Think they're pretty happy/smug .. Not sure if I'm jealous or pity them
My cousin is doing something similar. He's a trained lawyer and hates his profession. He works for 7 months of the year very hard (7 day weeks etc) and then spends 5 months travelling and doing eco projects around the world. He's currently in South America. He's planning to make/save as much money as possible and leave the industry "whilst he still has his pride intact".
I envy him a lot. He's worked so hard for his chosen career but he's got the good view to actually get out whilst he can.
When I started my job a few years ago I loved it... and enjoyed every second of it, but I was burned by a few crappy companies and bosses along the way. I try to deliver my best but at the bottom of it- i'm not happy. I don't feel like I make a tiny bit of difference to the world I'm in.
RicF wrote (see)
Helped a guy out yesterday who told me how his middle aged son doesn't work. Just charms the richest women he can find, marries her and dumps her when he's become bored. Has become a millionaire this way. And as miserable as hell. I really should get out more.
Are you sure he wasn't having you on? I mean they'd have to be pretty stupid women not to protect their assets... So to speak.
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RicF wrote (see) Helped a guy out yesterday who told me how his middle aged son doesn't work. Just charms the richest women he can find, marries her and dumps her when he's become bored. Has become a millionaire this way. And as miserable as hell. I really should get out more. Are you sure he wasn't having you on? I mean they'd have to be pretty stupid women not to protect their assets... So to speak.
Sounds unfeasible was it not that everytime I see his lad, he's driving a new Porche 911, Range Rover etc. And if you saw what he looked like....His dad quipped that girls used to hang around outside his house waiting. Too easy.
The dad was severely unimpressed by his antics. I only mentioned the cars I'd seen and then got the story behind them.
The money came from selling a joint business. So in all fairness wasn't a clear cut case of taking the cash. The venture was already up and running before he arrived to 'help'.
Many women marry for the money... so, if a guy can do it too.. well, good for him..
Ask yourself what it is about your job you don't like, and whether you can realistically change this. For example you are unlikely to find a job where you get paid millions for 3 hours work a day. But it its the nature of what you do that you find uninspiring, try to think about what you would find rewarding, and what steps you could take to get there.
A good book to read is 'What colour is your parachute?'
About 5 years ago I left a job I used to love wich I'd become bored with. I wasn't sure what to do next, so I went and ran a ski chalet for 6 months, then volunteered in Peru for 6 months. I save the money by working a second job a couple of evenings a week for 6 months. My now husband took loans which he's still paying off - wouldn't advise that option.
The time out helped me realise that I was int he right sector, but wanted a different role within it, which I managed to find. However the hours wwere long and the pay rubbish, even though I loved the actual job.
So this time last year I went freelance, in order to carry on doing work I enjoy, whilst making sure I get enough sleep, time with family, time to run and socialise etc. It's definitely been the right decision for me. I struggle to turn down work as I don't know when I'll be asked again, so it has been times of feast and times of famine, but the irregular pattern suits me very well.
A crap job and being able to pay the mortgage, can be better than no job and wondering how you are going to pay for Christmas
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