Updated : Sep 19, 2019 in Articles

The #1 Objection to Our Early Retirement


hi it’s Amy and it’s tim from go with
less. a couple of weeks back we released a video that is going to be the closest
thing that we call to viral…it’s viral ishwhat we may call it. as of today
it’s had over 70,000 views and that video was about the 10 steps that we
took to make our early retirement happen. we see a question that we’re
consistently getting – not only in the video but also in our normal life – about
why would you want to leave your work? if you had work that was fulfilling, just
work forever. so today we’re gonna address that specific question. and if
you are watching us and you’re brand new to our channel welcome ! we often talk
about things we’re doing with our early retirement because we’ve been retired
for four years now. we talk about a lot of travel and that includes ways to
travel around the world on less money. that includes things like travel hacking
and house-sitting and stuff like that. but clearly people have some interest in
this early retirement conversation on YouTube. so we are gonna address this
because if you are on a path to early retirement there is no doubt that you’re
gonna get this question (or almost like an objection to your early retirement) in
your own life. so if you don’t subscribe yet, we hope that you will down below or
in the corner. and with that let’s get started. we’ve been retired for a little over
four years now Amy left her work when she was 46
I left mine when I was 48 and we get this question – I’m not even gonna say
it’s a question it’s more of a statement – somebody will tell us on a regular basis…
you should not have left your work. you should have had a career that you loved
and you wouldn’t have this need to rush out and get retired. and I’m gonna start
with number one the past four years have been the most glorious days of my entire
life and I’ve had a pretty good life. but the past four years ,thank goodness, I had
all this time to retire. we have been traveling the world and volunteering and
spending more time as a family together. it’s been fantastic. but I do want to
speak about our careers because we didn’t hate our jobs and we are two
different people so we have two different career paths. we have two
different opinions. we get asked about the kind of jobs we were in all the time.
we were both in sales well sales encompasses a lot. it
compasses people selling 100 million dollar homes in New York City and it
encompasses people selling cellphones by the hour at the mall. these are both in
sales. so we were not at either one of those levels of sales but we both had
professional sales jobs. most of my career consisted of selling
telecommunications infrastructure that lit up fiber-optic cable. towards the end
of my career I sold other kinds of technical stuff that tested fiber-optic
cables so I was really a technical sales guy, sort of an engineer and sales person
mix. so I was highly compensated for that. however it also meant that I was on the
road. I had to see customers all over the country, as well as in Canada, so I was on
the road quite a bit. as a matter of fact that’s how I got my introduction to
travel hacking, is all the travel that I did for my work. my travel, unfortunately
took a big toll on my health. it took a toll on my relationships. it was not a
good thing to be on the road away from my family all the time. and I had a very
different kind of a sale. I had like the day-to-day business to business sales
and I sold really high-end information that was very specialized. I sold to
attorneys, Wall Street, fortune 500 companies – stuff like that. and then I
took off five years to raise the three children. and I finished my career with
four years selling online advertising business-to-business online
advertising. now there are lots of good things about that job, even though I left
it. I left at least a dozen people who I have lifelong friendships with and I
love and adore. I had two, three, four bosses at that company there were
different managers involved with me that were unbelievable. some of my clients…we
spent Christmas Eve with one of my clients and I’m still friends with a lot
of my clients to this day. so there was a lot of good and if I could just go and
be social and work I would have never left that job. however I had really
serious quotas my entire life, my entire career. and there are a lot of
deliverables. so if I didn’t have to do the deliverables I would have kept that
forever and there would be no reason to leave because I’d be with my BFFs all
day, every day. sales jobs are also tough just because there’s the pressure to
sell something. so there’s this thing called a quota that you have to meet and
if you don’t meet it then you’re not gonna have a job.
so there’s a lot of pressure that comes with being a salesperson that just isn’t
very pleasant. I, likewise, had great relationships with a lot of my
co-workers and a lot of my customers. and there were a lot of things that I liked
a lot about my job. however the idea of being free and waking up in the morning
and doing whatever it is that I want to do. whatever it is that I choose to do.
not whatever it is if the company that I’m working for wants me to do. but it’s
whatever I want to do. that’s why amy (and I guess I’ll let Amy
speak here) but why I left my work is so that I could go and do whatever it is I
want to do on a given day. and here’s how we look at it. if we would do this job
for free, great. do it forever. and if you are watching this and debating do I
retire or do I not retire ask yourself a question. would I do this work for free
if I was paid absolutely nothing? would I still keep doing this job now? Tim and I
have put that into practice the past four years. the majority of our past four
years have had we have tons of work that we’re doing. and some YouTube commenters
like to say “you have a YouTube channel, you’re not retired”. PS we’ve made, like,
200 dollars in a year on YouTube with lots of lots of work and effort and
purchasing cameras and lights and microphones and all kinds of stuff PS.
but yes it is a lot of work but we do it for free. two hundred dollars in a
year for two people is not like living large and making a
income. and so would you do your job for free? and we would not have done our old
job for free as much as we enjoyed it. we wouldn’t have done it so it made sense
to walk away because we could afford to walk away. I estimate that we spend more
than 300 hours a year each volunteering. so we are giving away more than eight
weeks of full-time work at our volunteer jobs. yeah and I think in our
sales jobs…the sales jobs were about selling something for a company and
basically making money for that company. the things that we do now are more…
things that we’re a little passionate about. we have a passion for the places
where we volunteer and so it’s exciting to be giving our time away to these
places where they need the help and we’re there to provide some help. yeah
and also we like to travel. we were on the road for a hundred days the past
year and we’re gonna be on the road more than a hundred days this year. next year
we’re gonna be on the road for 365 days, forever. what we realize is time is short.
don’t be doing something that you don’t want to be doing if you have options. and
being financially independent gave us the freedom to make those choices. when
Tim and I are doing all this traveling we walk an estimated eight miles every
single day almost day. after day after day.
we cannot be doing that when we are 60s (maybe 60s we’ll be doing it). but we
probably won’t be doing it in our 70s as much as we do now. it’s kind of
back-breaking walking. we love it so it’s not…back-breaking makes it sound like
it’s bad…but it is physical and it is tough and it is good because it keeps us
more fit. but we aren’t gonna be able to do this forever and having two three
weeks of vacation a year wasn’t getting it done. so we wanted the opportunity to
be able to travel all the time. something else you want to say about our travel is
that it’s not necessarily like vacation travels. we’re going to places…we want to
be there, meet locals, get to know what it’s like to live in a place. so there
are certainly elements of vacation whenever we travel. we call it slow
versus fast travel. so we do fast travel that’s more sort of vacation like where
we’re trying to see the sights and things like this. but our preference is
to be slow traveling and trying to live like locals in a new place. and we
haven’t really been able to do that yet because we still have a daughter at home
so we haven’t had the time to do slow travel. in
year our whole life should be about so travel and we’re really excited about
that. we want to see an experience as much of the world as we possibly can. and if we were still in our jobs, and we had two weeks of vacation every year, that
would really put limitations on the amount of the world that we could
possibly see. yeah and the way that we look at it…if you love your job and you
would do it for free? do it forever, contribute to society in that hopefully,
meaningful way. and good for you. but we’re not regretful in any way about the
decisions that we’ve made in our career. we’re happy that it gave us the freedom
and the income to be able to live our life of complete like loving every
minute of our life now. yeah it’s not a life of leisure. it sounded like there is
an L word coming here. so we do not have… our life is not…our life is busier now. I
think we say “we don’t know how we had time to work” whenever we were employed.
and so our life is not about leisure in any way shape or form. or leisure! or
leisure. that’s exactly right. and there’s our video. I know that a lot of our
subscribers are early retired already. are you getting these kind of judgments? are you hearing this in your own life? and what are you saying about
that? what are you doing in your retirement? are you wishing that you were
back in your career? so please give this video a thumbs up. please subscribe down
below and thank you so much for watching this week. we’ll see you next Wednesday.
au revoir!

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