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Old 05-15-2017, 05:18 AM
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Anyone out here ever break the golden handcuffs and walk away from a six figure job to go do something you love? Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy what I do but the older I get the more tempted I become to walk away from it all and pursue my furniture making company full time.
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Thinking about this at least twice a week
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I've thought about it at least 17 times since I woke up this morning.

I have a great job, great boss, great benefits, good work, etc. Just hate the rat race.

In 5 years we will be in a position for me to do whatever I wanna do. I'm thinking at that point not HAVING to get up and come to work will make it much better, but I fully intend to be out of the rat race by mid 40s.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
I've thought about it at least 17 times since I woke up this morning.

I have a great job, great boss, great benefits, good work, etc. Just hate the rat race.

In 5 years we will be in a position for me to do whatever I wanna do. I'm thinking at that point not HAVING to get up and come to work will make it much better, but I fully intend to be out of the rat race by mid 40s.
Funny thing is as of lately I have been real tempted to buy an old building downtown Wendell, move my wood shop in there, say screw it to driving to RTP every day and just go for it.
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Yes, more and more everyday. I don't really have anything I really really want to do except leave the rat race... Don't have enough money unless I sale the house and boat and move out of the bay area. Sure sounds good. The grass is always greener!!!
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Going to pull the plug in August. Done wiht the Corporate world, scheduling,making budgets,whining employees, more paperwork every week. Paying off the house in July and giving notice, Figure 1 month is enough to fill my spot.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
Funny thing is as of lately I have been real tempted to buy an old building downtown Wendell, move my wood shop in there, say screw it to driving to RTP every day and just go for it.
Man you and me both. Every morning I get on 540 at it's Eastern terminus at 64 (which can take 15 mins by itself because no one knows how to merge), and drive West until the last exit before the toll. When we moved out there I was working in Wake Forest and took a very enjoyable motorcycle ride to work on all back roads every morning.

Now, my commute takes anywhere from 35 mins to two hours depending on what nonsensical events have occurred that particular morning. But no one forced me to work in RTP so that's all on me. Wife works off Glenwood up around Ebenezer so that's only marginally better. 440 is even more of a crapshoot in the mornings.

Most days I'm dreaming of doing exactly what you said instead of trying not to get killed on 540. Breakfast at Aubrey's every morning then walk to my wood shop/motorcycle shop/etc in downtown Wendell. Then Fridays leave there and head straight to Morehead City and my waterfront fishing shack, getting a head start on all the fools trying to scurry out of Raleigh on Friday afternoon.

One day.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
Funny thing is as of lately I have been real tempted to buy an old building downtown Wendell, move my wood shop in there, say screw it to driving to RTP every day and just go for it.
Get going!!!

Every man here who is handcuffed to his job will cheer you on!!!!
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Nope, I actually enjoy the rat race...or haven't found anything I love SO much that I'd give this up to do it (and still feel good about leaving so much money on the table).

For now, anyway.

But if you're in a position to do something you hate less, or even love, do it sooner than later.
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I watched a documentary on netflix called minimalism. Liked a lot of the ideas. Basically, we live in a consumer driven world. We buy and collect stuff to make us happy. We eventually become a slave to it. Stuff doesn't make us happy. experiences do. If you can limit your "stuff", then you need less money. Thought provoking.

So if you have minimal stuff, then all of a sudden a 1000 square foot home is huge... pretty damn cool idea.
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It is ALL a state of mind. If you let them make it hell on you, it will be hell on you. If you carry yourself with the, "This is fun - let's do it" it will be fun.

Scared money never wins.
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Yes, well sorta, here is my story. I owned a towing and recovery business for 20 years, dealing with all the knuckeheads, shear stupidity, guberment regulations, and insurance companies not wanting to pay for work. I was fed up, tired of employees always having kids parties, family outings ball games to attend, conserts with thier buddies, movie night with spouse or girlfriends. I was always the one that had to make sure calls were covered, I could'nt tell the customer that a ball game or birthday party was more important. December 2016 I was aproached by a local compertitor that wanted to expand his business, the only way for him to get on certain law enforcement list was to either buy someone out or someone retire and take thier spot. I was fortunate that we agreed on a price so I sold the business. Now after a year of helping my dad with projects around his house and working on projects around my own house, I have been given to oppurtunity to go to work selling boats at the coast of NC. It is a change of pace, the customers I get to interact with are great, the projuct lines we carry are the best in the boating industry. I went from not enjoying owning my business to enjoying what I do. I am not working for myself and some may say I went from one rat race to another, but it's all in what you enjoy doing and learning a differnt skill. In a way I took a big pay cut, but I have been given the chance to exceed what I was making owning a business, by honing my skills and being a great saleman
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Originally Posted by ncmallard78 View Post
I watched a documentary on netflix called minimalism. Liked a lot of the ideas. Basically, we live in a consumer driven world. We buy and collect stuff to make us happy. We eventually become a slave to it. Stuff doesn't make us happy. experiences do. If you can limit your "stuff", then you need less money. Thought provoking.

So if you have minimal stuff, then all of a sudden a 1000 square foot home is huge... pretty damn cool idea.
The pricetag on experiences just replaces the pricetag on stuff if you're not careful.
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I'll trade jobs with you. We have made the decision to close our almost 60 year old family furniture business. The economy is not kind to small businesses of this type any longer and it's just going to get worse. We are a retail store, you would be making custom pieces, so it's a different customer, but you still have to find them and vice versa.

If you have job security, it's not worth the risk in my opinion, unless you're close to retirement.

Is it something you can try on the side?
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Originally Posted by chrispnet View Post
The pricetag on experiences just replaces the pricetag on stuff if you're not careful.
Yeah, but spending 1k on another shotgun I don't need vs spending 1k to take my kids camping... Which makes you happier?

In the end, 99% of the stuff we buy will one day end up in the dump. Im trying to spend less on crap, and more on events and experiences that I will cherish forever.
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I agree with the "experiences" argument to an extent. Wife and I have been married 3 years. We have 4 vehicles...newest is a 2007 with 155k miles. All paid for. We make probably more money than any of our other friends/couples. They all have new cars and car payments. Our cars are nice, and top of the line for their respective year models, but cost 1/4 of what everyone else spent, and we have the title to every single one of them. We don't have new cars.

But we do have two trips to Europe, some trips to he Caribbean, to Hawaii, ski trips to Colorado every year, New Orleans, Savannah, etc, etc. And the others can't afford to do this.

We will have nice cars, but we will never have another car payment.
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It takes a special person to take the non-rat race road.
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It takes a special person to take the non-rat race road.
True. The rat race is easier when you have an end game in sight though.
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Having to "have" a new car as been the downfall to many dreams..............

I can't wait to get out of the rat race..............I could "minimalize" in a heart beat........the bride not so much.........

I can tell you this, the flood down here last August has many, many, many men considering down sizing.........you realize after being forced to purge most and in some cases ALL your small belongings, that you can do without.

Moving back in over the last few weeks and we are giving stuff away that we waded through flood waters to "save"

I will get my life smaller at some point, if even for the mere fact that I can start smoking pot again.........

I'm thinking a big pot of Jambalaya on the beach everyday......sell it for enough to clear a couple hundred in cash a day........move the wardrobe from slacks to short.........dress shoes to no shoes.........

it's a plan

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