Way back in 2002, I was working as a software developer for a life insurance company. The job was close to home and I enjoyed the work. My coworkers were a smart and fun group of people.
I was happy.
On a random Thursday, the CIO announced a new cost saving measure; he’d replace us with cheap programmers from India. We were directed to help transition our jobs to our new frenemies on the subcontinent. In return for successfully training our replacements, we’d get a juicy severance package.
I was not happy.
I had no interest in this scheme, so I found a new job within two weeks and quit. I took a contract position that came with a $35,000 raise.
Contractors are hired because they’re disposable, so I didn’t expect it last more than a couple of years. Little did I know that it would last almost 15. I’m still at the same job today.
Normally I work from home, but this week I went back to Chicago to turn over my duties. 4/13 is my final day of work, but 4/6 is my final day in the office. My going-away act was to stand up this vSphere system:
In between configuring hypervisors, I wandered around the office one last time. This picture caught my eye:
That’s a little cheesy, but it describes where I am right now. It took me a long time to get comfortable with the idea of leaving a safe and flexible job that compensated me well, but it was the only way to move forward.
And I can’t type one more sentence without expressing how thankful I am for my job.
While I’m happy that I’ll soon be free of formal work, I’m even more thankful that I had such an incredible run in my brief career. I worked hard and am fortunate that I had bosses who appreciated my dedication. My coworkers were all wonderful too. It makes me sad that I won’t get to interact with them as much as I did in the past. However, I can now be friends with them without all of the work stuff getting in the way.
I love real estate investing and one of the best real estate bloggers is Chad over at Coach Carson. Chad is great because:
- He writes incredibly useful/actionable/incredible posts like this one: http://www.coachcarson.com/house-hacking-guide/
- He writes thoughtful posts too. Chad is a guy who knows how to live right: https://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/go-small-or-go-home/
If you’re interested in real estate investing with a focus on financial freedom and living well, Chad is an awesome resource. I’m thankful that I know him.
I spent Spring Break with the girls farting around Las Vegas where some of my family lives. And I took loads of pictures.
I’m a geek at heart, so large, mechanical things greatly excite me:
I stopped off at a pinball museum. I like pinball and love G N’ R, so this was awesome:
I always make it a point to hike up Turtle Peak on my Vegas trips:
The dinosaurs complained nonstop (“My legs hurt!” “Are we there yet?” “Where is the beer?”), but they summited too:
I’m so thankful that I get to see the world.
Life is good. No, life is great.
How are things going for you? What are you thankful for?
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