Take this job and shove it! Don’t we all dream of the day we can go into our boss and say those words? Isn’t that why we’re all feverishly working our butts off? Mr. Money Monster and I have an early retirement goal of 2021. But the thing is, I don’t hate my day job. In fact, I kinda like what I do. At least, I like most aspects of my job.
Why Quit The 9-5?
Really? Is that a real question, Mrs. Money Monster? Why yes, yes it is. Ever see Jurassic Park? The Original. Another silly question, I know. Remember Dr. Malcolm saying something like…’you were so preoccupied with whether or not you could, you didn’t stop to think if you should’. Okay, okay, before this post gets too heavy, all I’m saying is that, for myself, I’m not so sure I will be turning in my resignation when we hit our FIRE goal in 2021.
I Like Options
I like options. No, scratch that. I love options! I think taking the have to out of work makes it much more enjoyable. Knowing I could drive into my job each day not actually needing to be there, makes a world of difference in my attitude.
Mr. Money Monster quit his teaching job about 10 years ago to focus on film. He has worked his butt off and he’s been successful. He will never quit doing what he is doing because it is his passion. And he gets paid a tidy sum to do it. I also enjoy what I’m doing. However, my income is the Steady Eddy income with benefits. That makes my job feel forced, even though I mostly love what I do.
What I really want out of our early retirement plan is The Option. I want The Option to continue working, or not. I want to be able to drive into work knowing full well that I could quit at a moment’s notice. All of my friends and family (including Mr. Money Monster…see above) will still be working between the hours of 9-5 each day, Mini Monster is in school, and my job pays really well and offers great benefits. My thought process…just because I could quit, doesn’t mean I should quit. – Inspired by Dr. Malcolm (duh)
Unfortunately, my day job was becoming more and more burdened with tasks and projects that I didn’t want to participate in. Every few weeks I have the pleasure of a private meeting with my boss. The purpose of said meeting is to discuss the status of my work, upcoming projects, and career aspirations. Now for quite some time I have known what I really want to do at my job. What I really want to do is described in my job title (hint: think scientist). However, what I end up doing is my routine work, along with a plethora of anxiety-producing projects that I never asked for but just landed in my lap from upper management.
This week’s meeting was different from other meetings. I felt good with what I wanted to present. I felt like I finally had the courage to say exactly how I have been feeling for a long time. Maybe getting married had something to do with my seemingly new found confidence, but I’m fairly confident, marriage or not, that the recent solidification our financial plan helped.
I FINALLY had the courage to tell my boss that I no longer wanted to manage special projects. I was happy doing my routine work. I have an undergraduate and graduate degree in my field to perform my routine work. I also pointed out that I didn’t get a degree in business because I didn’t want to manage projects. I could feel the stress lift with each word that passed through my lips.
My boss seemed agreeable and we both came to the conclusion that I would offer consultation to others managing projects and that any new “opportunities” would be offered to other people in the department. Can you say PERFECT? Let me also add that I have worked in this field for 15 years and at this facility for the last 10. Needless to say, I have a few ideal employee credits stacked in my favor. I’m not worried about losing my job over this request.
That conversation has allowed me to actually FEEL us getting closer and closer to financial independence. It also allowed me to exercise a bit of the freedom that comes along with it. It was a liberating experience, to say the least. It was also a reminder to live in each moment and that getting there is half the fun, and the only reward is not just turning in your resignation.
Will I Stay Or Will I Go
I have come to the conclusion that I really like what I do (minus those pesky special projects) to earn a living. I love my industry, I love my co-workers, and I love feeling like my work makes a difference in the world. I’m not saying I won’t ever turn in my notice, I’m just saying it’s probably not going to be the first thing I do in 2021.
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