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CrazyIT

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Nice encounter yesterday
« on: July 17, 2019, 10:54:29 AM »
  I went to my monthly Chiro appointment yesterday.  I have been going once a month for probably close to 10 years (back issues for years).  I have become professional friends with my Dr and enjoy catching up for the 15 minutes I spend with him each month.   He is a bit younger then I and went through a divorce a few years ago as did I a few years prior to him.  We seem to discuss types of family matters during most of our time together.  We have few other things in common and I find him easy to talk to.  After I scheduled my next months appointment and was heading for the door he stopped me and wanted to express his gratitude.  I assumed he was talking about patronizing his practice for so many years.  Thought maybe I was his longest tenured patient or something?  lol

He went on to tell me he was moving his practice and merging with another Chiro in the area.  Thank goodness he is staying close!   He told me that this other Chiro approached him over a year ago and proposed the idea.  After not giving it much thought he decided to run some numbers on the cost savings of combining practices and found that he could save potentially 70% of his operating costs.  He had the biggest smile on his face and was very excited for the opportunity.   I still wasn’t sure why he was grateful for me but then he explained that he has been “listening to me” for years.   Apparently, I talk about FI and FIRE much more then I realize (oops).  He mentioned he has picked up on lots of advice regarding saving money and living below your means that I spew out of my mouth.  I never push FI on anyone nor do I ever give advice on what someone should be doing or investing in.    However, most people know I bring a bag lunch to work and drive old cars and do other frugal things etc.  I will FIRE next March and guess all the planning and research has consumed much of my thought process therefore more slips out then I realize.  None the less I was very pleased and grateful for his kind words and gratitude.   Made my day for sure!
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Re: Nice encounter yesterday
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2019, 11:07:06 AM »
That's so sweet!  He obviously never minded the lessons you were sharing (albeit inadvertently).  Its very nice that he said something, too.  That kind of thing makes you feel good.  Reminds me of something that happened to me. 

I have a friend whose income is multiples of my own and who is also a lot spendier than I am.  We don't judge each other and have lots of common ground, but we both know that the other is just, well, different about money.  One time she had been looking at buying a super expensive watch (several thousand dollars, maybe tens of thousands, I don't remember exactly, but a lot).  I am sure that my eyes went wide when I saw the first one she showed me online, but I said, well, if you love it and can afford it and will wear it all the time, go for it.  I later ran across a watch online that looked like something she would like and that happened to be on the lower end of super expensive, and I sent her a link to it.  She replied saying it looked great but that her financial coach would be disappointed in her if she bought it -- and that she was resisting buying a watch at all.  I asked her who her financial coach was, out of curiosity b/c she hadn't mentioned that before.  She said that it was me!  That made me smile.

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Re: Nice encounter yesterday
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2019, 12:10:54 PM »
Great stories. It's always gratifying to hear when people you know are bettering themselves, and that you had a little something to do with it.

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Re: Nice encounter yesterday
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2019, 10:54:00 AM »
I agree, great stories.  One of my dreams/goals is to have an impact on someones financial success.

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Re: Nice encounter yesterday
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2019, 12:28:39 PM »
I read this story this morning and then hopefully planted the seeds for what would be a similar story in a few years.

While having lunch with a few new-ish hires, one mentioned that he is counting down the days to retirement - 29 years and 4 months from now...

I turned it into an opportunity to share how they don't have to wait until they turn 60 to retire and shared the sense of freedom that comes from not depending on a paycheck. Hopefully, I at least planted a seed in their heads.

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Re: Nice encounter yesterday
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2019, 03:12:26 PM »
Really cool, man. You're working hard to be a positive force in other's lives, and obviously are.