I recently had two interesting comments said to me this week, one was from a friend who said “You’re really not going to stay with your employer for the long haul are you?” To which I answered, “According to the blog the answer to that would be obviously no.” The second comment by a co-worker was “Well in 15 years time…not that you will be around here…”
What I found interesting about both of these comments was after talking to people about early retirement or financial independence for a while, the idea I won’t be around forever has finally started to sink into people’s heads. In a typically workplace people often assume that everyone will be around indefinitely unless something comes up which people don’t expect, like a new job elsewhere. In my case this has changed.
In fact, this is so common knowledge the other day my boss commented I don’t act like most people at work. I in fact act more like someone with a few years left until they retire. I’m not scared to stir the pot on an issue and I’m utter fearless of getting fired.
On a psychological basis, I’m already free. I know that my career is in fact just a moment in time, which in fact everyone’s is that way. The idea that people will be around for ever is just an illusion of stability that we create in our minds to cope with the unending waves of changes the roll over our lives. I already know I won’t be at my current jobs forever, life changes and so to this will pass.
What I find at being at this state is how wonderful it is to realize I can be just myself even at work. I don’t care about impressing someone, I do my job because I find it interesting and I want to learn. I value feedback to allow me to improve, but I don’t take it too personally. I’m nice to people, but I won’t hold back on what my opinion is to spare their ego.
In the end, I’ve already achieved one of the best things about working towards financial independence: I’m at work by choice, not because I have to be. So I really can just enjoy my moment in time.
Where you you with your relationship with your job? Are you still scared of getting fired or have you also moved on?