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October 09, 2009


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I felt like a failure because, despite 28 years on the job and good evaluations, my new boss hated my personality and everything I did.
He eventually forced me out of my job, and I'm too old to find a new one, so I just retired. People there say things like, "I've never worked for someone who questions every professional decision I make." 28 good years and I still feel bad because he didn't want me.

Retired Syd

@mamajulie: That sucks. It's too bad that a short period of time has to color your whole perspective when you had a successful 28 years. It sounds like something else was going on like he felt insecure or something, but I would probably feel the same way you do. I always want to be liked.

You know what they say though, the best revenge is living well, and now look you're living the life of leisure and he's still a working stiff! Who's got the last laugh now?

Chad @ Sentient Money

I consider you one of the most successful people I "know." I want what you have...freedom.

Joe Gibbs, the former Redskins coach, 3 time Superbowl winner and noted for sleeping in his office, now says he regrets missing out on life, family, etc. If someone this successful, in a profession loved by America, regrets spending time at work, you can hardly think you weren't succesful.

I always tell my family/friends that any mention of me being a good accountant or consultant in my eulogy will mean I failed.

Retired Syd

@Chad: Good point--I like it!


With the cost of living rising by leaps and bounds, many people live paycheck to paycheck and cannot afford to put enough money into a retirement plan to make a difference.

Try New Things

Most people who know that I retired at 55 are of two minds. One group think that I just quit my job and so the conversation kind of ends there. The others are curious and envious but stop just short of asking for the financial data that let me do this.

I remember when I was a director at a large company, and they flew me to Mexico on the company jet, by myself, for a one hour meeting. I spent the whole flight filled with anxiety thinking that I needed to say something profound and important to justify the expense. Imposter Syndrome for sure! It turned out that the meeting was a huge success and I had a lot to offer just based on what I had experienced back at my company. We underestimate ourselves.

Retired Syd

Try New Things: Great example!


Look at me...responding to this post in 2017. Having recently retired after 32 years as a female aerospace engineer, I've recently starting questioning whether I earned my retirement and whether I was ever really all that smart after all. The games my idle mind plays. I'm intrigued by the content of these blogs and will pursue further.

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