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What was the main reason you retired?

Post by TheTimeLord » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:08 pm

What was the main reason you retired? Here are some examples of reasons I assume one would retire:
1) Hit your number
2) The amount of your contributions no longer made a meaningful difference in the size of your portfolio
3) Lost the motivation to pursue money
4) Had enough of your work environment
5) Wanted to pursue a hobby
6) Forced into retirement
7) Needed a lifestyle change, ready to do something else
8) Job no longer fun or interesting
9) Felt there were things you wanted to do before you got too old
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Post by retire14 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:11 pm

#1 and #4

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Post by Taylor Larimore » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:17 pm

What was the main reason you retired.
TheTimeLord:

Because Jack Bogle made it possible!

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Post by Nyc10036 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:24 pm

I cannot say I am truly retired. On the other hand, I have not been an employee with benefits since Sept 2013 and I doubt I will ever be again.

I stepped away because of #4.

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Post by Rob54keep » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:27 pm

My mains reasons were: #2, #9, spend more time with my wife and grand-baby, travel while I am still able, enough commuting for me. I am doing online teaching still which is more of a hobby than a job.

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Post by Tycoon » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:28 pm

I'm not retired yet, but I will shortly. Reasons 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and more.
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Post by FreeAtLast » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:28 pm

#8 and #4 and what Taylor said.
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Post by Snapper » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:29 pm

1 and 9 primarily. For everything there is a season. Earning is a means to an end. Do not make it the end.

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Post by Lancelot » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:30 pm

#3 Experienced some significant life changes and decided to travel. Only one more continent to go :D
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Post by blueblock » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:45 pm

1, 7 and 8: I hit my number, I was ready for a life of leisure and I was a bit burned out at work.

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Post by minesweep » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:52 pm

10) Early retirement package

The main reason I retired at age 56 (in 2001) was due to an early retirement package that I was offered. Otherwise I would have probably worked until age 62.

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Post by ThePrune » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:52 pm

For me, 1, 4, 5 and 8.

My "hobby" was 50% volunteering at my church and 50% exploring finance and retirement planning in more detail.
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Post by Sandtrap » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:00 pm

4, 8, 9, + tired of dealing with gov't red tape, + tired of dealing with 100's of tenants, + health reasons + dog tired. . . :shock:
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Post by Flobes » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:04 pm

6) Forced into retirement
It was 2008, and job evaporated ...

10. And I got surprise inheritance.

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Post by FrugalInvestor » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:09 pm

3,4,7,8,9. Plus both father an grandfather died in their late 50's and I wanted some time to enjoy retirement - which they didn't have. I was close enough to my number that I felt we could make it work and my wife agreed. We have, and it's turned out well. We could have had more money but money isn't everything. We've had a great 14 years so far and are looking forward to many more.
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Post by Teague » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:12 pm

1, 4, 4, and 4.
Did I mention 4?
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Post by nomas » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:12 pm

In order of importance, #4, #1, and #9. Number 4 was by far the main reason I retired. If I enjoyed my job I would have continued to work despite having more than enough in investments to retire.

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Post by GerryL » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:19 pm

None of the above, really. Or maybe all of the above. I planned it for so long that there was no real reason.

I'd never actually thought about retiring until one day many years ago when the Fidelity NetBenefits website for my 401k included the information (unsolicited) that I would be eligible for early retirement (based on age and time at company) in September 2008. I started seriously thinking about retiring from Megacorp and taking a less stressful subsistance job until official retirement at age 66. Didn't do it, but seeing that idea in writing made me start thinking about stopping work one day. Thinking about how I would spend my time.

When I was on my 2nd sabbatical (2007) I decided that I would work 7 more years, take my 3rd sabbatical, during which I would practice being retired, and then return to work for a year. That was the plan, and by 2014 I had shared it with my work group. Then, just a month or so before I was supposed to leave on my 3rd sabbatical, I had a chance to get a separation package that, along with the 2 month sabbatical, would pay me for almost the full year I had been planning to continue working. Someone on this site pointed out that if I expected to live 20 years in retirement, that one year would be 5% of the rest of my life. :shock:

So I retired ... because I was ready and because I could.

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Post by sport » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:22 pm

I would ask the question in reverse: Why do you continue to work? If there is no good answer to this, you should retire.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:27 pm

For me and my husband is the long commute, getting up early to take the commuting van and lack of sleep, not enough interest in work. The minute my husband’s eligible for retiree’s health insurance, we pulled the plug.
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Post by Dandy » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:28 pm

6. 2008 resulted in an offer I couldn't refuse. Nice severance. No jobs available. I had already hit my number but was trying to pad it. All and all a good thing. Very lucky.

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Post by CZjc1330 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:29 pm

My wife insisted. That was 11 years ago when I was 71. Hate retirement. Rather work any day of the week. I was never bored, stressed at times but not bored. Now I am bored and that brings on stress.

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Post by theplayer11 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:38 pm

should add health to that list

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Post by baconavocado » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:42 pm

#4, got assigned to an incompetent boss and could not transfer away from the situation because of my age. After I retired I discovered that my salary had not been contributing much to my net worth for at least the past five years (#2).

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Post by truenorth418 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:43 pm

Sick of people I didn't like telling me to do things I was no longer interested in.

And early retirement was always something that appealed to me and had been simmering in my mind for years.

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Post by bhsince87 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:49 pm

10: I watched TheTimeLord dilly dally and say "one more year" 4 or 5 times, and I decided I didn't want to be that guy! :twisted:

Actually, I'm still working.

But 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9, are really weighing on me. If I can get a package at the end of this year, I'm done.
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Post by Mlm » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:52 pm

6) Forced into retirement

My job was eliminated due to a sale. It ended up being a blessing in disguise.
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Post by staythecourse » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:53 pm

Not to hijack the thread, but those who answered that they disliked the job makes it a bit sad. Great you have enough to do what you want AFTER spending 30+ years doing something you disliked. Seems that one wasted a LARGE portion of their youth just to make money that they may or may not take advantage of later in life (health permitting).

I like what I do and work for myself. I had a great plan to retire by 45 with more money then I would ever need that will easily be met. At this point, I will likely work forever since I like my work, my job, and my boss (myself). I can't see myself quitting just because I checked off the "hit my number" checkbox.

Seems folks should try to find a career or job they will like instead of just view as a paycheck for 30 years of their young life. If you don't like what you do do something about that instead of just trying to make it for 30+ years.

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Post by sport » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:37 pm

staythecourse wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:53 pm
Seems folks should try to find a career or job they will like instead of just view as a paycheck for 30 years of their young life. If you don't like what you do do something about that instead of just trying to make it for 30+ years.
Sometimes people have a job/career that they like, but there is something about that job that is no longer enjoyable. Perhaps it's the boss. However, when this happens after the age of 50 or 55, it can be very difficult to find another suitable job. Age discrimination is alive and well. Sometimes if you decide to change jobs, the only ones available are entry level jobs. This will not work for someone with family responsibilities such as paying for college educations, mortgage payments, etc. So, even if the job becomes a difficult experience, the best course of action is to put up with it until you can retire.

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Post by Yooper » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:39 pm

Was eligible for the pension, which essentially meant I was taking a 50% paycut. I.e., if I don't show up for work at all (retire) I get 50% of my current salary. If I do show up and put in the 8 hours, I get 100% of salary. Oh sure, there are other things (TSP matching, additional savings, etc.) that continuing to work would effect, but being able to live my life, on my terms, doing what I want without a care in the world - - is priceless. 50% wasn't even in the ballpark. Did I love my job? Not particularly. But would I do it the same (my employment) if I had the chance to have a "do over"? In a heartbeat. It was a means to an end, and worth every year of "doing for others" so my remaining years are "doing for me and my family". Which of course isn't saying my way is right and other's way is wrong, it's all based on how you're wired, how you view life, and what brings you happiness.

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Post by Bacchus01 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:41 pm

staythecourse wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:53 pm
Not to hijack the thread, but those who answered that they disliked the job makes it a bit sad. Great you have enough to do what you want AFTER spending 30+ years doing something you disliked. Seems that one wasted a LARGE portion of their youth just to make money that they may or may not take advantage of later in life (health permitting).

I like what I do and work for myself. I had a great plan to retire by 45 with more money then I would ever need that will easily be met. At this point, I will likely work forever since I like my work, my job, and my boss (myself). I can't see myself quitting just because I checked off the "hit my number" checkbox.

Seems folks should try to find a career or job they will like instead of just view as a paycheck for 30 years of their young life. If you don't like what you do do something about that instead of just trying to make it for 30+ years.

Good luck.

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Post by MichaelRpdx » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:46 pm

Reordered to fit my prioritization:
9) Felt there were things you wanted to do before you got too old
3) Lost the motivation to pursue money
4) Had enough of your work environment
8) Job no longer interesting
Due to long-term side effects of cancer treatment 40 years ago I don't project having the extended lifespan I'd otherwise enjoy. The benefits of devoting more time to personal project and time with my wife outweigh the benefits of working.
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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:53 pm

staythecourse wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:53 pm
Not to hijack the thread, but those who answered that they disliked the job makes it a bit sad. Great you have enough to do what you want AFTER spending 30+ years doing something you disliked. Seems that one wasted a LARGE portion of their youth just to make money that they may or may not take advantage of later in life (health permitting).

I like what I do and work for myself. I had a great plan to retire by 45 with more money then I would ever need that will easily be met. At this point, I will likely work forever since I like my work, my job, and my boss (myself). I can't see myself quitting just because I checked off the "hit my number" checkbox.

Seems folks should try to find a career or job they will like instead of just view as a paycheck for 30 years of their young life. If you don't like what you do do something about that instead of just trying to make it for 30+ years.

Good luck.
What makes you think people have the same job or same boss with the same company for 35 years?

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Post by sambb » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:54 pm

amazing how many people dont like their job, i like mine. was in a situation i didnt like - changed it
good poll to see why people retire though

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Post by GerryL » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:03 pm

sambb wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:54 pm
amazing how many people dont like their job, i like mine. was in a situation i didnt like - changed it
good poll to see why people retire though
When I took the early separation package, I still enjoyed my job and was looking forward to the final year. But around that time management changes would have made that final year hell.

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:07 pm

Hit (8) a couple of years before punching out. Finally did it due to (4).
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Post by Sandtrap » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:17 pm

CZjc1330 wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:29 pm
My wife insisted. That was 11 years ago when I was 71. Hate retirement. Rather work any day of the week. I was never bored, stressed at times but not bored. Now I am bored and that brings on stress.
Loved R/E development. Thought they'd hold my retirement party and funeral on the same day. Now, I'm testing the retirement waters. Investment finance I can do on a laptop sitting in bed. Is that still not retired?

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Post by Sandtrap » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:20 pm

sambb wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:54 pm
amazing how many people dont like their job, i like mine. was in a situation i didnt like - changed it
good poll to see why people retire though
Do people that are employees have a greater tendency to not like their "job" than self-employed folks? Maybe another thread.
Yes. Interesting poll to share.

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Post by ccieemeritus » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:23 pm

I recently retired.

1) Hit your number
7) Needed a lifestyle change, ready to do something else (exercise, lose weight)
8) Job no longer fun (job was fun for most of career)
+11) needed to help take care of Mom, who has a serious medical issue

I was fortunate to become able to retire just as Mom’s medical issue became serious.

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Post by staythecourse » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:31 pm

sport wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:37 pm
staythecourse wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:53 pm
Seems folks should try to find a career or job they will like instead of just view as a paycheck for 30 years of their young life. If you don't like what you do do something about that instead of just trying to make it for 30+ years.
Sometimes people have a job/career that they like, but there is something about that job that is no longer enjoyable. Perhaps it's the boss. However, when this happens after the age of 50 or 55, it can be very difficult to find another suitable job. Age discrimination is alive and well. Sometimes if you decide to change jobs, the only ones available are entry level jobs. This will not work for someone with family responsibilities such as paying for college educations, mortgage payments, etc. So, even if the job becomes a difficult experience, the best course of action is to put up with it until you can retire.
I totally agree with this. I am implying those who don't like their jobs from the beginning and did nothing to change it. Of course, in the situation above it is what it is. I agree with the job discrimination in regards to age. Heck, even mentioned it on a prior post earlier tonight on a different thread.

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Post by Sandtrap » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:33 pm

staythecourse wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:31 pm
sport wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:37 pm
staythecourse wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:53 pm
Seems folks should try to find a career or job they will like instead of just view as a paycheck for 30 years of their young life. If you don't like what you do do something about that instead of just trying to make it for 30+ years.
Sometimes people have a job/career that they like, but there is something about that job that is no longer enjoyable. Perhaps it's the boss. However, when this happens after the age of 50 or 55, it can be very difficult to find another suitable job. Age discrimination is alive and well. Sometimes if you decide to change jobs, the only ones available are entry level jobs. This will not work for someone with family responsibilities such as paying for college educations, mortgage payments, etc. So, even if the job becomes a difficult experience, the best course of action is to put up with it until you can retire.
I totally agree with this. I am implying those who don't like their jobs from the beginning and did nothing to change it. Of course, in the situation above it is what it is. I agree with the job discrimination in regards to age. Heck, even mentioned it on a prior post earlier tonight on a different thread.

Good luck.
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Post by 2015 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:39 pm

1, 3, 4, 7, 8. What proved most beneficial, as it has many times previously, was identifying how my values had changed: from achievement and success to certainty and freedom, from money to security and freedom, and from belonging to fulfillment.

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Post by Watty » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:48 pm

TheTimeLord wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:08 pm
What was the main reason you retired? Here are some examples of reasons I assume one would retire:
1) Hit your number
...
9) Felt there were things you wanted to do before you got too old
and

10) Went to too many funerals of people that were about my age.

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Post by TheTimeLord » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:06 pm

Sandtrap wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:20 pm
sambb wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:54 pm
amazing how many people dont like their job, i like mine. was in a situation i didnt like - changed it
good poll to see why people retire though
Do people that are employees have a greater tendency to not like their "job" than self-employed folks? Maybe another thread.
Yes. Interesting poll to share.
I think you will find a correlation between the amount of control people perceive themselves to have at their work and their job satisfaction.
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Post by Gnirk » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:15 pm

Husband sold the business.

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Post by The Wizard » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:18 pm

My reason was that work was getting in the way of what I wanted to do, travel.
And the recreational travel I was doing was impacting my work too much.
So I cut loose for the better...
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Post by Lynette » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:22 pm

1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9

#4 No longer enjoyed job. Not entirely sad as my job changed and I had so much work that I had to work overtime and I could no longer take more than one week's vacation at a time. So the other factors came into play.

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Post by Will do good » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:25 pm

1) Hit your number
9) Felt there were things you wanted to do before you got too old

I hit my number fews years back without knowing it at the time.
I realized I can always make more money by working longer/more, but I can't get the time back to enjoy life.

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Post by HomerJ » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:35 pm

staythecourse wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:53 pm
Seems that one wasted a LARGE portion of their youth just to make money that they may or may not take advantage of later in life (health permitting).
LOL. You need some perspective my friend. AT LEAST 99% of all humans who have ever lived had to work hard, in their youth (and many when old as well) on tasks that weren't FUN.

That's why they call it work.
Seems folks should try to find a career or job they will like instead of just view as a paycheck for 30 years of their young life. If you don't like what you do do something about that instead of just trying to make it for 30+ years.
This is decent advice, but it's not always as easy as you make it sound. Do you have any idea how lucky you are to love your job AND get paid very well? My sister is an artist. She's doing what she loves, but she's broke. What sage advice do you have for her?

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