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I know I shared it before but it bears repeating: My dad thought he wanted to retire at 55, as soon as he was eligible, but as soon as that happened, suddenly his bosses made his job a LOT more pleasant for him because they didn't want him to retire. (He stuck it out for another couple years until 1992, when an early retirement incentive too good to pass up came his way.) Sometimes, even if nothing really changes, just having the *ability* to call it quits may change a lousy job situation, at least if you're valuable to your employer.


I've experienced the same at my job. I feel that my manager, with whom I've worked for 26 years, knows that I'm closing in on FI status. He'll apologize to me if he gives me a work assignment that is not particularly interesting. Another nice thing that FI status or almost FI status does for me is that it allows me not to get flustered on the job and to keep my hours worked to a reasonable level just over 40 hours per week.

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