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About to be 31 and I’ve already been in consulting for about 10 years. I was at a red light next to an older gentleman who was in a modest car and felt oddly curious about his life. All of these strange scenarios popped into my head which lead me to really think. I realistically have another 30+ years left of this corporate nonsense and I know Time is going to fly by. How do we slow down? How do we find what we are passionate about? How do we responsibly avoid responsibility?

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I gain far, far more satisfaction from my children, nieces and nephews, and strong friendships I've build over my lifetime than I do from helping a soulless corporation wring $0.50 extra profit from a program. My job is a means to fund my life and I have zero expectations about gaining happiness or satisfaction from it. I was with both if my grandmother's and one of my grandfather's when they died and have attended many funerals. I've never seen coworkers or clients attend. Only family.

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if you were to perish tomorrow, your ployer would be posting your job within a month. Your family and close friends would remember you forever.

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There are 3 major stages in our career: Growth, lifestyle and legacy. You are probably transitioning towards lifestyle. There is an author, Ramit Sehti, with a book "i will teach you how to be rich" , and participates in lots of podcasts. If you are making these questions, you are probably ready to discover some other career paths.

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Waao...such a common feeling nowadays. I thought I was one of the few ones who wanted to get out of this corporate nonsense ASAP. Fyi. I am also 31 and spent 10 years in corporate doing random stuff

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I’m still here. But I’m half way between you and retirement. I’d say best thing you can do is save your pennies and manage down the lifestyle. There is nothing better for lowering stress and increasing engagement than knowing you don’t have to keep doing this for thr money….you have options.

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I’m 30 and been in consulting for about 10 years. I don’t see myself ever doing anything else. I can do this job for the next 50+ years if I need too. My job is very easy, and I like it that way.

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Are you me? 🥲

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Is responsibility really a bad thing? What happens if you have flitted about your life in pursuit of fleeting joy and money? What if that old man gave up the corporate treadmill years ago to assume the responsibility of starting a non-profit to help neglected and abused children? Sure, he has probably had a hard life but can you even imagine the purpose, fulfillment, and love that he feels? This likely isn’t true but the idea remains. It seems to me that anything truly fulfilling requires one to assume responsibility for something important to themselves.

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Eh if you've been in consulting for 10 years, you should be able to retire in another 10-15. Maybe do it then?

That's fair, but just for context if you saved $13,000 incl employer contribution to 401K when you started, and increased that by only $1k a year, you'd have $2.3M in total invested funds 15 years from now. You could realistically draw $115K off of that for perpetuity. That $1K a year is super conservative because it suggests someone at 15 years into consulting only being able to save $28K. It's probably more realistic to put an additional $5K away every year past 10-12 years in (because that's lower than your raise). This would mean $85K saved in your 25th year of work. It's not as unrealistic as it seems for those who were able to invest in the last decade. People will either say that $115K isn't enough, ignoring the fact that someone with 25 years of experience should easily be able to pick up contract work if they want, or they'll say that $13K up front is way too much but more than 60% of the population was able to live on $52K (or $56K if you have a 6% match) gross in 2012.

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Old guy in the car probably a multi millionaire who ran his own business. I remember in high. school meeting the guy who donated like 10million to our school and he drove a Toyota Camry. 31, can you make another 30 years in consulting, sure, but more importantly what do you walk away from at the end? Im 35, have 3 kids and have been married for 10 years. My children are my legacy. Not some ppt presentation on how to improve your corporate strategy. Fill the big rocks first. Plenty of consulting work for years to come.

“My children are my legacy” That’s what my parents tell me and I despise them for it. Pretty selfish reason to have kids But that’s not to say a PPT is a legacy. It’s definitely not.

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