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  posted on 1/10/2006 at 09:06 PM
Within the last couple of years 3 of my former co-workers retired at age 55 and have done so.

A man bought a limo and operates a one man limo service.

Another man took night classes before he retired in order to qualify and is now a mediator.

A lady expanded her hobby. She travels into the countryside looking for good deals on antique furniture. In her basement she restores them and resales them in consignment shops.



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  posted on 1/10/2006 at 09:12 PM
I've been "retired" from my 33 year position for the last 5 years or so. I have worked various full time/part time jobs. I don't really have any plans to start a second career, but I'm open for any opportunity that fits my schedule.
I'd love to work independent of anyone else, set my own hours and take life slow.

Any job that presents any stress to me, I don't want it.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2006 at 09:12 PM
In this day and age it is something to think about. It is a scary thought if you have done only one thing all your life and have to adjust. Plenty scary.

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  posted on 1/10/2006 at 09:14 PM
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Any job that presents any stress to me, I don't want it.


I hear ya loud and clear, me too.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2006 at 09:28 PM
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Any job that presents any stress to me, I don't want it.


I hear ya loud and clear, me too.


I am a ways from 50ish yet but I just did somethig I never thought I'd do - my job was getting too stressful... I was waking up more and more thinking don't want to go there then wanting too. I have great friends there and we have a good time but the company is changing and not in a positive... Friday I handed in my resignatio - open-ended to give them time to hire and get them in for me to train (one of the problems - no one can really back me up)..which will take 2 - 3 months..

I did this with out even starting to look for a new job and not even a prospect... I did this because I love the girls that are in my department and respect my boss and the company - but just not Happy there after 5 years...

It is scary at any age to jump back in to the market but I needed a change and I could feel it almost immediately - knowing the end is in sight.. not sure what I am going to do or what field but feeling better (scared s#$tless but better and happier)... is worth it..

What is it they say - work to live don't live to work.. so true...

 

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  posted on 1/10/2006 at 09:46 PM
I would like to roadie for the Stones or the ABB before I die. Just a dream I guess. I always thought it would be cool to tour the world with your favorite band.
 

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  posted on 1/10/2006 at 10:13 PM
I wish I could.

Aint gonna happen

 

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I wish I could.

Aint gonna happen


You never know... maybe you could win a giveawy on one of those cool radio stations like PLJ - LOL....

 

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  posted on 1/10/2006 at 10:20 PM
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I wish I could.

Aint gonna happen


You never know... maybe you could win a giveawy on one of those cool radio stations like PLJ - LOL....



Umm no.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2006 at 10:22 PM
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I wish I could.

Aint gonna happen


You never know... maybe you could win a giveawy on one of those cool radio stations like PLJ - LOL....



Umm no.


ok then Z100 - I know you just love that music...

 

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Aint gonna happen


You never know... maybe you could win a giveawy on one of those cool radio stations like PLJ - LOL....



Umm no.


ok then Z100 - I know you just love that music...


 

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  posted on 1/10/2006 at 10:59 PM
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Any job that presents any stress to me, I don't want it.


I hear ya loud and clear, me too.


I am a ways from 50ish yet but I just did somethig I never thought I'd do - my job was getting too stressful... I was waking up more and more thinking don't want to go there then wanting too. I have great friends there and we have a good time but the company is changing and not in a positive... Friday I handed in my resignatio - open-ended to give them time to hire and get them in for me to train (one of the problems - no one can really back me up)..which will take 2 - 3 months..

I did this with out even starting to look for a new job and not even a prospect... I did this because I love the girls that are in my department and respect my boss and the company - but just not Happy there after 5 years...

It is scary at any age to jump back in to the market but I needed a change and I could feel it almost immediately - knowing the end is in sight.. not sure what I am going to do or what field but feeling better (scared s#$tless but better and happier)... is worth it..

What is it they say - work to live don't live to work.. so true...



Damn..at least someone else here is going through this besides me. Not happy that you are.
But thats the reason I left my job of 17 years.

and I'm scared as hell about it sometimes.

It's not as easy as I thought it would be........

But I can't stand the thought of going back..even though they ask me too on more than one occasion.

The stress was killing me.........I was in a constant panic attack the last month of my notice.

The Company has been miss ran and in debt for years...I was the Human Resource Manager...the employees loved me...but it got to where I could not do anything to help them....because the owners quit caring about them.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2006 at 11:55 PM
This thread comes at a time when I, myself have been strugglin' with my job..I'm 48, fast approaching that big 5-0..I've been at the same job now for 14 years..I love the people I work with and for, but the stress is killin' me..I'd like to be the 3rd base coach for some MLB Team..

 

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  posted on 1/11/2006 at 03:35 AM
You can change careers at this age.

I'm researching a change right now, if only because I have been doing metal manufacturing in a one man shop for the past 20 years. My old body just can't do the things it used to do and one day it won't. I need to get together a plan for the last 50 years of my life. I'll stay selfemployed, maybe get an internet gig going, something home based. Something that allows or requires more travel, I kinda like the way Jym does his concert travels. Well, Mine wouldn't be on the taxpayer dime, but it would be tax deductible, next best thing in my book.

If you're thinking of becoming self employed, here's my advice:

Pick something you know alot about or can learn everything about, for example, your favorite hobby or pastime.
Take a class, read books, talk to people in similar hobbies or likes.
Go to trade shows, or suppliers shows to make connections
Part time and out of your garage or apartment as long as you can
You'll need more money than you have so be prepared to dig into savings or *gasp* retirement
Figure out how much you need to make to break even. Include all your living expenses and monthly payments
Double it to cover the taxes and insurance
That's how much profit you'll need to generate every month
If you sell your time by the hour, how many hours will you have to sell at what rate to obtain those results
If you sell a product, how many units will you have to sell at what markup/margin to obtain those results
every month
Be prepared to put in twice as many hours as you think

Not to give you the idea it can't be done, because it can be done
Just to give you some idea of what you'll be facing
every month

The one thing, or should I say the only thing self employment offers is independence.
It might be just as stressful, but for entirely different reasons
You won't have a boss, you'll have customers

I wouldn't trade it for the world




 

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  posted on 1/11/2006 at 06:09 AM
I'm pushing 50, retired, and collecting a pension. Not by choice, an injury put me in this position. But everything is good. I always thought I would do woodworking to make some extra money. but that hasn't come to fruition yet. to painful. I don't really need the money, and it's much easier just doing what I want to do every day. though somewhat boring.
 

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  posted on 1/11/2006 at 08:29 AM
over fifty here - lived frugally, tiny home. saved enough to do nothing else but listen to music, read and generally do sod all! I have no need to be satisfied by starting a second career - yikes! one was enough for me. I enjoy slacker retirement. However, some folk need to be active and 'doing' stuff to keep going. whatever floats your boat.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2006 at 09:32 AM
Wow - looks like a few Peach Heads are going through the same thing. Like Staceyj and OldDirt I am switching careers after 12 years of doing Advertising. Moving into a financial sales position that is 100% commission. I have a family and only a few months in bank before we are tapped so it is scary as balls.
The current Ad industry is not what it was , I no longer looked forward to going to work, and the income potential started to drop - so now I have added the stress of having to close sales to make a living.
Needless to say I have a bottle of Pepto Bismol on hand at all times and try to take it one day at a time so as not to go insane from worry. If I start pissing blood that will be my sign that maybe I did the wrong thing
Hope everyone who has decided in 2006 to make a switch in careers finds the fulfillment they are looking for.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2006 at 09:35 AM
Interesting thread. Some very brave and well thought out decisions.

Anyone have any thoughts on how significant age discrimination is these days? Not trying to rain on anyone's parade. Hitting the big 40 recently, its on my mind.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2006 at 10:29 AM
Wow, lots of people going through what I am.... it's a tough world, eh?

I left a burdgeoning career to move from Toronto two hours. It's been great for the kids, which is why we moved, and my wife kept her job at Bell...but I've bounced around getting no where fast.

I'm too far to go back to school and develop the second career I have in television...I have to wait until my kids are old enough so we can afford it, and I can give my full attention to my studies...right now the kids get priority.

It's hard...not like I figured it would be in my teens, but I have no one but myself to blame because I spent my 20's seeing Dead shows and working transient jobs so I could quit and tour when I had the money. I'm capable of so much more in the work world...I've been turned down for being over-qualified despite a crappy resume....yet I can't find a place that will honour advancement opportunities as discussed when I'm hired...it's frustrating to work for a year in an entry level job and get told that things have changed and they aren't promoting from within, or their brother's best friend needs the promotion so he gets it instead of you.

I feel for those people who got stability and ended up hating it...right now a stable job that pays decently is my holy grail, so I can understand how depressing it must be to find the "end of the rainbow" job is just a field of nothing.

We were told growing up that hard work matters, stability is something to respect, and good things come to those who wait...but damn, doesn't it grind you down be patient, to be a lackey for people who aren't neccessarily smarter, stronger or a better worker than you, but have more money?

It grinds me down..but it's life. I'm lucky to have a wife that makes it all worthwhile...especially since I don't define myself by my job{s}.

The other night we were having a difficult time with the budget...I played this song for my wife, and it brought a tear to her eye because it speaks to us and for us...it's a Jack Johnson song called No Other Way.

When your mind is a mess so is mine I can't sleep
cause it hurts when I think my thoughts aren't at peace
With the plans that we make the chances we take
They're not yours they're not mine
There's waves that can break
All the words that we said and the words that we mean
words can fall short, can't see the unseen
cause the world is awake for somebody's sake
Now please close your eyes
Woman, please get some sleep

and know that if I knew all of the answers
I would not hold them from you
Know all of the things that I know
we told each other there is no other way

Too much silence can be misleading
You're drifting I can hear it in the way that you're breathing
We don't really need to find reason
cause out the same door that it came well it's leaving
It's leaving
Leaving like a day that's done and part of a season
Resolve is just a concept that's as dead as the leaves
But at least we could sleep, it's all that we need
When we wake we would find, our minds would be free
To go to sleep

and know that if I knew all of the answers
I would not hold them from you
Know all of things that I know
cause we told each other there is no other way



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  posted on 1/11/2006 at 10:32 AM
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Anyone have any thoughts on how significant age discrimination is these days? Not trying to rain on anyone's parade. Hitting the big 40 recently, its on my mind.


Although it is illegal to discriminate based on age, I guarantee you it happens every single day..That is partly why I stay put where I am..I'm just about 50, and who is going to want to hire someone at the tail end of their career vs one who is "supposedly" more hungry? or eager? or easier to train? What's the saying? You can't teach an old dog new tricks? If I completely change careers, then I'm possibly goin up against other younger, fresh out of college kids..Potential new employers may look at you and think, what, couldn't handle your old job? Are you a quitter?
I have to work..I need the income..It's the only way I can travel and see the ABB at the Beacon, Red Rocks, LA's Greek Theater, and Santa Barbara..It makes it all worth it...

 

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  posted on 1/11/2006 at 10:33 AM
I'm quite far from 50, but im itching to go into business for myself too. However, my wife is a consultant and we have a 1 1/2 yr old girl, so the full time gig I have provides the very necessary security and benefits for the family. Im actually planning on enrolling in NYU and getting my MBA over the next three years or so. That would allow my to leave my gig and try something 'daring' with the security of knowing that the MBA will allow me to land a full time gig again real easily should my venture fail.

For the record, I want to do a restaurant / lounge thing. I think it really suits me.

...and FYI, for any of you that are looking to go the 'franchise' route, do yourself a favor and pick up the recent issue of Fortune Small Business (FSB) magazine. It's obviously put out by the publishers of Fortune magazine and has a really encompassing article about the pitfalls of franchises. Kind of a "do's and dont's" thing. Very good informative reading.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2006 at 10:41 AM
quote: It's hard...not like I figured it would be in my teens, but I have no one but myself to blame because I spent my 20's seeing Dead shows and working transient jobs so I could quit and tour when I had the money. I'm capable of so much more in the work world...unquote..



Been there done that..But, for the most part I don't regret it..It is what has made me, me..And, I am happy with my morals and values as a person..Wealth is nice, or so I think it is, but I'd rather be a "good" person, one who hopefully treats everyone with respect, and how I would like to be treated..

Boy, are we all getting so philosophical today?

 

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  posted on 1/11/2006 at 10:58 AM
Sort of in the same boat with a lot of y'all. Got laid off in 2003 after 22 years at the same company (I was 50 at the time) Stressed out about it for a while, but finally got to the point that I enjoy semi-retirement. Had a couple of jobs in the interim to make some extra coin and I'll probably keeping doing so from time to time. But "bottom line" I'm sort of following dutchoneill advice and taking jobs take cause "little or no stress". Might not make the "big bucks", but as long as the "bills get paid". But if I do choose to follow another career, instead of just taking short-term jobs, it's definely going have to be something I enjoy doing and that has little or no stress attached to it.
 
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  posted on 1/11/2006 at 11:02 AM
I learned so much not being a "regular" member of society, and I believe it helped shape my morals and values as well...but sometimes, when it's late and I'm worrying about covering the bill for the kids to play hockey, or for that grade 8 trip to Quebec....sometimes it's harder to believe in the ideals that I was raised on because there's a wall in every direction.

But the morning comes, and it all makes sense again....and we find another way.

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I learned so much not being a "regular" member of society, and I believe it helped shape my morals and values as well...but sometimes, when it's late and I'm worrying about covering the bill for the kids to play hockey, or for that grade 8 trip to Quebec....sometimes it's harder to believe in the ideals that I was raised on because there's a wall in every direction.

But the morning comes, and it all makes sense again....and we find another way.

Integrity is a poor man's comfort, worth more than gold but not legal tender.



Today is a perfect example of why I am leaving where I am... cut backs and such have dropped down staff... now I don't mind checking messages, answering emails, etc... but my dad is having surgery and I am at the hospital dealing with mom and trying to relax and not worry... (chatting here and IM'ing friends)...

So far - the S#$T 4 brains that is a huge catalyst in me leaving has left 4 phone messages.. she's the manager and not even in my department.. knows everything and is a control freak... since that's the case shouldn't have to call me - should she..

And yes - I make my self available.. .but as I choose... not freely on a day off to be here for my family and she went to my direct manager and complained that I have time to answer emails and will not answer my phone for urgent calls...

WHo needs this... I will bartend and pray I don't get sick before I do this for the rest of my life - too short...

I still have a way to 50 - but why wait to be happy... as long as my daughter has what she needs (insurance can come from her dad) and I can pay the bills and give her a few extras along the way...

 

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