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I Quit My Job Today & Retired From My Profession

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by tygrus, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. tygrus

    tygrus Supreme Member

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    I always liked reading these threads so I wanted to relate my story as well and hope somebody finds it useful or inspirational.

    I worked as an engineer in the oil biz for 14 yrs. Its a high paying job, like close to $140K per yr, but its super stressful and boring. Most of your day is responding to hundreds of emails and sitting through meetings and never getting the time off you want or deserve. All the time a boss is riding you, company politics, commuting, etc. While the money was great, it was slowly killing me and I was not even remotely happy doing the work.

    About 9 months ago, I hit a patch of insomnia from the stress and that really sent my health into a spiral. I gained weight, lost interest in life and felt all around bad. Being in this profession, thats life so I had to make a choice and today my life is more important than the money.

    Now this isn't one of those stories that I need to make black hat money immediately or I am homeless. No, I made sure a plan was ready. I have 2 side businesses that I have been building for almost 10 yrs. I run a decent sized farm with my dad and I did some real estate investing a few years back. Both of these ventures set me up with enough assets a few years ago to be ok for the rest of my life. I tell you, working with your dad is heaven compared to a boss so any of you that think working your family business is hell should go work for some tyrant boss. Your dad won't look so bad after all.

    With these 2 ventures, I became a millionaire on paper about 5 years ago when I was 35. I kept working thinking I didn't have enough security to leave yet, until I found BHW about 6 months ago and it was the 3rd leg of the chair. My gains in IM are modest but gaining ground every month, so now with my farm and IM providing cash flow and my real estate providing back up equity, I was in pretty good shape.

    Now for some reason even though I was still miserable and not feeling well, I still kept working thinking I needed a year or so to get my IM income stable, but today, my company tried to squeeze me and deny my vacation leave which I desperately needed and accused me of taking more than I was allotted in the first place. That was the last straw for me. I handed in my resignation right there and made it clear not only was I resigning, but also retiring as well. I will never work as an engineer in a cubicle again. I will always be in control of my destiny. I will be able to have freedom and flexibility when I want. I will never sit in rush hour traffic again. I will be at home with my gf and future family. I will take a trip and not have to rush back to work.

    Now many of you are dreaming of this as well and some are very close to achieving it at a way younger age than I did. All I can say is never give up and being stubborn can lead to success. I had a lot of dark days trying to juggle everything I had going on. Many nights surfing BHW I would fall asleep on my keyboard and get shit from my gf, but in the end it was all worth it. My thanks back to the members of BHW for the opportunity they have provided.

    If you enjoyed this and got something out of it, please consider hitting the thanks button.

    tygrus
     
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  2. oldenstylehats

    oldenstylehats Elite Member Premium Member

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    Good for you, man. I love stories like these, especially from people who go about it the right way for all the right reasons.
     
  3. e2madina

    e2madina Junior Member

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    Great story, enjoy your life mate
     
  4. stouthearted

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    Hope that you encounter much success.
     
  5. pooty

    pooty Registered Member

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    Great read... i'm your age and went through the same things minus the farm. After working so long you just get caught up in it and feel like thats what you have to do.
     
  6. erascal

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    All the best, mate!
     
  7. The_Architect

    The_Architect Newbie

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    I am not sure if this counts as thread hi-jacking, and forgive me for my noobyness, but what is this "IM" I hear so much about? I just cannot understand the acronym when I think about it.
     
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    Good luck to you!
     
  10. moremoney

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    It stands for "Internet Marketing"
     
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    The_Architect Newbie

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    Thanks! It was so simple and right under my nose. I have no clue how the hell I didn't figure that one out.
     
  12. showbizvet

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    Excellent thread.. more power to you. It can be done, you've proven it. Of course it doesn't hurt to have some bucks in the bank, but even without it you can succeed with IM if you just put your mind to it.

    There is so much info here on BHW, it's overwhelming... find something that works... then work at it consistenly it.. and don't give up... that is a key.. maybe THE key. Once you have it working, either ramp it up... or branch out.

    Worked on a farm for a bit... loved it... but couldn't handle the early morning... lol
     
  13. ukescuba

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    congrats and good luck to you! :)

    it takes balls to do what you did - i started out in engineering too and ended up "retiring" as well - i did it without bucks in the bank! LOL That was 6 years ago and never looked back since - it really does give you the opportunity to enjoy life and family more! ;)

    you will probably kick yourself for not doing it sooner! :)
     
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  14. tygrus

    tygrus Supreme Member

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    Thanks for all the kind comments. I hope there are many more of these stories to read on BHW in the future.
     
  15. Jackalakus

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    OUTSTANDING! Good for you!... I just re-enlisted in the military for another Six damn years... Had I found out about this stuff about 8 months ago I would have just separated.

    I'm happy to hear you refuse to conform to the corporate world and take the REAL steps to succeed.

    Good on you..
     
  16. csaba

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    Same story here.
    10 years ago retired.
    I'm 52.
    I have a 3 years old daughter. (and some older)
    If you have some time..
     
  17. eternity

    eternity BANNED BANNED

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    Good Luck for your bright future ahead
     
  18. jimmyc

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    thats great man keep up all the good work and how said BH was for kids. lol
     
  19. MoneyMachine

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    Glad to hear your doing well, keep it up mate!
     
  20. oceanz

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    wow...a millionaire :O good luck man