« Has Retiring in a Recession Changed Me? | Main | Is Being Content Preventing You From Being Happy In Retirement? »

October 09, 2009

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

mamajulie

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!

r4i

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!

Susan

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.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

IMG_2799

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Twitter Updates

    follow me on Twitter