I Quit My Job – The Next Chapter Begins NOW

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Well, I finally went ahead and did it…After 4 years from the start of this blog (February 2012), that wonderful and long awaited day that I’ve been dreaming about has finally arrived… I am officially DONE with engineering and high-tech. Boy, right now, I gotta tell you, I’m at a loss for words. I always imagined that writing this post would be super easy, but as I get started here today, it’s proving to be quite difficult!

Really, I think it’s impossible to convey into words all the emotions that I am going through right now.

Here are just some of them:

  • Relief
  • Excitement
  • Trepidation
  • Fear

More than anything, I feel ALIVE!

As I’ve rambled on incessantly through the years, I’ve ALWAYS believed that there is way, way more to life than just 9-5 until 65. Even when I was a lot younger, in my early 20’s, I just could never buy into all the corporate propaganda, like how you’re supposed to work your ass off so that you can climb up a stupid, fictitious ladder. You know, the path to a “better life”.

Yeah, right…

More like selling your soul to the devil…

My thinking was along the lines of, “These people are insane! You sacrifice your one and ONLY life (that is finite) so that you can earn more money… What do you do with that extra income? Lifestyle inflation… New car, bigger house, more toys and gadgets, extravagant vacations (that are extremely short-lived due to work), etc., all while never really experiencing the joys of being ALIVE!

What’s life really all about anyway? Being comfortable and status quo until the day you die? Is that the type of life you would want to replay and watch on a big screen someday in the distant future?

For me, the answer has always clearly been HELL NO!

In my eyes, life is all about:

  • Experimenting with new things and ideas.
  • Exploring the world, traveling, living in different countries.
  • Challenging yourself constantly.
  • Spending and cherishing time with those you love most.
  • Doing pretty much whatever you want, whenever you want (if I want to go hiking at 2 PM because the weather is gorgeous I should be allowed to!).

Early on in my adult life, I figured out what I really wanted in this world… So, I knew my gameplan had to be centered around that. When it comes down to it, what I’ve been chasing for all along has been FREEDOM!

When you’ve got the time to come and go as you please, you are FINALLY allowed the opportunity to fight for and embrace the things that matter most to you!

Since last year, I’ve made it no secret to readers that I’ve been struggling with persistent burn out for the longest time now… Call me a wimp if you’d like, but I grinded it out in Corporate America for close to 10 years, trying to position myself for this very moment. One thing I’ve learned along the way is that it’s your life, so focus on what makes you happy! Who cares what other people think? They don’t live in your shoes and will never fully understand your goals and ambitions.

With that said, I’ve made it this far because I’ve never let haters get in my way. Regardless of what you do in life, you will ALWAYS have skeptics and those who wish for you to fail… You don’t even need to go out of your way because unfortunately, these sad souls can be found everywhere…

Haters are gonna hate…

Who gives a sh!t!?!

Fight on, regardless…

And that’s what I did…

Once upon a time, I had an ex-girlfriend who I adored… and she told me, “You know, you’re a lot like a blade of grass… You don’t know what you want in life and just let the wind take you wherever it wants.

Those words always stuck with me, and I can say that I frequently used them as motivation to get me through adversity.

Further:

  • A good buddy of mine in high school once told me, “You’re too dumb to be an engineer, bro. I went on to obtain 2 B.S. degrees (Mechanical and Materials Science) and a M.S. (Electrical) in engineering.
  • I was told by most everyone that I wouldn’t be able to transition into the semiconductor industry because I didn’t study Electrical Engineering as an undergrad. I carved out an entire career in industry working as both a hardware and software engineer. No, I don’t have a Computer Science (CS) degree… But I taught myself that, anyway…
  • I was laughed at and ridiculed by my peers for living at home with family in order to save money in my early 20’s. Most of my friends were living large in the city, in swanky apartments. I reached a net worth of over $1,000,000 in 2015. Many of those critics are still paying large sums each month in rent and living paycheck to paycheck.
  • I was told I would never be able to retire by age 30. This past week, I checked out of the game for good at age 31, so I guess they were right about that… I missed the mark by 1 year…

 

I mention the above bullet points to share with readers some of the challenges I’ve had to overcome in my life… I’m sure most of you can relate!

 

Life ain’t easy, that’s for sure…

 

In my own current situation, there’s no denying that it’s nerve-racking right now. There’s a ton of uncertainty… and I will never suggest to anyone that I have everything all figured out… Far from it… Yes, I’ve got a rough gameplan in place, but how often does life ever go accordingly to script? That’s just wishful thinking… Let’s deal with reality here… Right now, certainly I feel overwhelmed, I won’t lie…

No more stable income, no more job, no more healthcare plan, etc., etc…

 

But so what?

 

Life is all about challenges and obstacles. How can you possibly grow without them?

 

So let’s knuckle up and find a way to make it work!

 

I’m ready to tackle on the next chapters of my life.

 

Most importantly, surround yourself with good people and wonderful things will start to happen…

 

Yes, it’s true that I try to convert a lot of the negativity I encounter into further motivation, adding fuel to the fire…

But lost in all that is the tremendous amount of support that I’ve received over the years from the people who really do matter — friends, family, blog readers, and even strangers.

That stuff trumps everything else; Thank you all!

I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all that I have without you!

I really do believe that the world is filled with some pretty amazing and humble people. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many over the years. And now that I’m free from the shackles of wage slavery, I’m going to focus the bulk of my time and efforts on cherishing many more moments with these individuals.

And like I said, it’s time for me to give back and help others achieve their own dreams…

 

So, if anyone wants to meet up for coffee, feel free to shoot me a message from time to time.

 

This journey is constantly evolving and now we’ve reached an inflection point where the quest is no longer about me…

 

I couldn’t be more excited! 🙂

 

To better days!

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JC @ Passive-income-pursuit
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Awesome awesome stuff! I’m so excited for you and to see where your journey takes you.

J. Money
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Rock on man! I remember when you first came onto the scene – and now here we are with you crushing it 🙂 Beers on me if we ever meet in real life! (Actually, now that you have all the time in the world you have no excuses to hang w/ us at FinCon! San Diego this year, baby!))

amber tree
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Congratz on the move you made! you reached FIRE and acted upon it! Good luck with the next move in life. keep blogging.

vinit
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vinit

Amazing journey. Many Congratulations. You crushed it man. Keep crushing it 🙂 :).

Leigh
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Congrats! I’m happy you finally pulled the trigger and curious to see where you go next! I’m taking a less frugal path than you, but I should still become a millionaire by age thirty with a nice condo in the city, though not a swanky one. I definitely wish I was closer to FI at times, but I’ll keep job hopping in the meantime.

Michelle Schroeder
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Love this blog post! CONGRATS! 🙂

Alex K
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Alex K

Congrats! I’ve been following your blog for the past year and it inspired my own financial plan. If you’re ever in NYC send me an email (RUAK09@gmail.com) and we’ll grab some coffee. Would be delighted to share my investing knowledge and learn about your real estate experience.

All the Best,
Alex

JT
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JT

Congrats! I’m so happy for you! Hoping to be in your place soon! Big, bold move. Hope to read your next article on what you’re planning to do now.

Beat of luck!

Gen X Investor
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Congratulations! I’ve been following your blog for over a year now and I’m happy to see that you made it! I’m looking forward to reading your updates.

Income Surfer
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Congrats buddy. Welcome to the intentionally unemployed. It’s been good to me the past 3 weeks…..and I’m sure you’ll find it agreeable as well. Congrats buddy, and drop me a line when you feel like it.
-Bryan

Tawcan
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Congrats! That’s amazing that you finished quit your job! Being an engineering myself, I think our paths are very similar. Definitely would love to pick on your brain and get some tips from you one day.

Special Agent Dividend
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Awesome news for you and I can only imagine the emotions you have with hitting the mark to walk away. I look forward to watching your journey and the path you take from the other side now!

Financial Samurai
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Congrats on making the move! How did it go down? 2 weeks notice? Any chance you were able to negotiate a severance?!

I don’t see much hater stuff on your site. Do you just delete the comments or something? Things seem pretty positive in general.

What’s next?

Sam

Dividend Growth Investor
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Sam,

Just because someone disagrees with you, doesn’t automatically mean they are a hater.

If you automatically discount those who disagree with you, especially after a winning hand, you may be suffering from hubris. This could be dangerous to your net worth.

Good luck to you!

Dividend Growth Investor

Ace
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Congrats FF!

Reading about the adversities that you had to deal with hit me right in the feels brah. Not to mention you quit at the young age of 30, that is so deadly!

So whats it like having fuk you money? 😉

cheers man enjoy the next chapter of your life!

Dividend Hustler
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Congrats FIF. You’ve made it bud. The matrix, you’ve awaken and gotten the hell out. Thanks for sharing and hope to hear what’s in store for the next chapter. I’m happy for you bud. You’ve hustled hella to be here today so it’s definitely been the road less travelled.
Cheers bud.

Nicu
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Nicu

Your journey is inspiring, thank you for sharing it with us!
I wish you all the best for the next chapters of your life!

Josh Crites
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Josh Crites

Congrats! I really enjoyed the post and just shared it on my facebook wall. I just discovered the FI/ER world after returning to the USA from a research fellowship. After having 1.5 years of freedom/flexibility I thought to myself there has to be a way to capture this for a longer period of time. I will continue reading your blog and look forward to tips about what to do now that you reached FI. Congrats again!

Midwestern Landlord
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Midwestern Landlord

Congratulations Jay. To become FI at 31 is a great accomplishment and it just goes to show your hard work has paid off. I completely agree that continuing to work just to build a larger pile of gold is really not the point. The point is freedom. I quit the rat race as soon as I could justify it financially and no later. That was a little over 2 years ago and I do not regret it one bit. Because once you have the basics met (food, shelter, etc) freedom is really the most important thing to create in your… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Congrats FiF! This is amazing news! I want to pass along a thanks for sharing your journey to FI. It has been an inspiration to me. While I’m a ways behind you yet, reading that you made it is going to give me an extra push.

A Frugal Family's Journey
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Congrats FiFighter! You’re sacrifices in your 20s now allows you to life the life you choose. What a great feeling it must be to know you have the FREEDOM to do what you want. That is what many of us in the DGI community is striving for and you’ve done it at 31. Well done!!

Best wishes. AFFJ

Aspis
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Aspis

Congrats, mate! That’s some impressive stuff. 🙂

Brian from Korea
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Brian from Korea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLCEUpIg8rE

That’s for you FI Fighter!

I will be sure to send you a message to catch some coffee.

Thank you for your words of wisdom.

Took2summit
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Took2summit

Grats on quitting. I’m curious what your plan is though. I live in the the Peninsula which may be a tad more expensive than the south Bay where you live, but how exactly do you plan to make it with a million bucks net worth? Not only that, but I know a large portion of your net worth isn’t in income producing assets, not good or bad, but just wondering. I’m 29 at the moment and have about 700k net worth. I’ve crunched the numbers many times and if I plan to live in the Peninsula in retirement, which I… Read more »

georgehpuck
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Congrats on retirement.

I havent always been a fan of every move that you have made with your investments. But overall I have always admired the overall results and your research and willingness to go against the norm. And it has served you well.

Best of luck to you, very deserving!!!

-George

Steve @ Think Save Retire
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Hot damn! Huge congratulations are in store for you, good sir. I will be in your position at the end of the year – the journey is only just beginning for you. Enjoy, my friend! 🙂

Anthony B
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Anthony B

Just don’t stop writing this blog please! 23 year and aspiring to be you!

Allen
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Allen

Wow, congrats FiFighter! As a fellow young EE, many of your sentiments and stories resonate with me. I love reading your blog, your insight, and most of all, your ability to ‘go against the grain’ and challenge the status quo.

I hope to also achieve early FI. I’m working really hard to save and invest. You are definitely an inspiration. I would love to chat about life and investing sometime.

Congrats again!

-Allen

Alisa
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Alisa

Congratulations! On to greater things!

theFIREstarter
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Best email I’ve received all week… I doff my cap to you good sir and look forward to seeing what you have in store next!

Bowman
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Bowman

Standing ovation from my behalf! Congratulations!

Jason
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Woo hoo! Congratulations. Piss off to the people who doubted you. You have worked hard and deserve this new chapter in your life. Good luck.

JP
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JP

Congrats Jay. I am sure your finances will only continue to improve regardless of a paycheck.. Now it’s time for your best work.

No Nonsense Landlord
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Good luck in your future ventures! Now it’s time to look forward to maximizing life!

Noah
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Noah

Hey there! Longtime reader, and I wanted to ask a question about your job. I’m looking back through your posts and it looks like you started at Apple in Sept/Oct of 2014, and then took a LOA in early 2015. Were you only there for 2-months? Then essentially took a LOA for over a year?

Max
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Max

Congrats dude, it’s been a long time coming – well actually relatively short compared to most out there. I’m sure that $200k salary definitely made reaching FIRE a lot easier, but regardless well done.

Anyways, would love to catch up with you before you get out of dodge.

Paul
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Paul

I live in Koh samui, Thailand. I pulled the plug last May aged 35..let me know when you get here, be good to have a beer

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Sabbaticalia
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Wahoo!! Another one crests the ridge and pauses, ready to plunge down the back slope into free territory! Well done!

FerdiS
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WELL DONE! Congratulations and all the best in your newfound freedom. Hope all goes well and it would be great to continue following your journey!

Cheers
FerdiS, DivGro

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Steven
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It makes me happy to read this post even if it’s 2 months later. I’m excited for you my good man!

My Money Wizard
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I’m pretty late to stumble on this post, but congrats anyway! Definitely an awesome accomplishment.

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