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Learning, Sharing, and Teaching => Ask a Mustachian => Topic started by: ender on August 17, 2013, 09:41:37 AM

Title: Do you find yourself enjoying your job more knowing you don't need it?
Post by: ender on August 17, 2013, 09:41:37 AM
I'm not even close to FI at this point but I do have, even conservatively estimating, well over a year living expenses in cash right now.

In an engineering position with somewhat more vaguely defined responsibilities, I have found this to give me a lot of freedom to be very honest and clear about what my interests and career aspirations are and not care how that affects me from a career perspective. Interestingly, the net effect is probably positive on my career anyways because I am more likely to take risks or focus on things I view as important, both personally and professionally.

Do others find this? I see a lot of people who seem to really dislike their job and see FI as a means to quit it. I seem to be finding pursuing FI to actually significantly increase my overall enjoyment of my job.
Title: Re: Do you find yourself enjoying your job more knowing you don't need it?
Post by: Rural on August 17, 2013, 04:20:51 PM
Oh, definitely, and I know it has helped me in my career. I know that I'm doing them more good than they're doing me, and I act like it (nicely). The only downside is they keep trying to promote me out of where I want to be. I do enjoy it, and I have significant responsibility and autonomy, mostly because I act like I have significant responsibility and autonomy.
Title: Re: Do you find yourself enjoying your job more knowing you don't need it?
Post by: limeandpepper on August 18, 2013, 05:46:20 AM
I'm not sure if I enjoy the actual work more, but I'm more relaxed about things in general, because I don't worry about getting fired, or laid off. In fact, more than once I've said to a colleague that I wouldn't mind being made redundant, especially if there was a decent payout!
Title: Re: Do you find yourself enjoying your job more knowing you don't need it?
Post by: StaceStache on August 19, 2013, 08:01:45 AM
My husband is working his last day at his job today (got a better job), and he said that he enjoyed the job more after he put in his 2 weeks notice, simply because he knew he didn't HAVE to be there, and didn't feel trapped there.