Thursday, May 19, 2011


I love being retired. Since permanently shucking my work responsibilities in 2006, I’ve been able to do what I want to do, when I want to.

The greatest thing about retirement is not being responsible for telling clients what they should or should not be doing.

Yeah, it was fulfilling when I did it, but the yoke of responsibility often weighed heavy. It’s tough being someone else’s conscience, knowing that one flawed piece of advice could bring down a company and cause hundreds of employees to lose their jobs.
As an independent consultant, I was always being told how wonderful my job was – work when I wanted to, be my own boss, pick clients I like, things like that.
The truth of the matter is, I worked when the clients needed me to work (which was every day and being on call 24/7), I had the worst boss in the world (me, a slave-driver), and the clients I wanted to work for didn’t always need my services (or, they had their own consultants with whom they were already happy).
Nope … retirement is great. I have no boss (except my conscience, which sometimes can be quite demanding), and I do what I want (within the parameters set by my wife’s and her family’s needs).
Hmmmm. Lemme think this through a little more. I’ll get back to you.

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