The Time & Money Group – 2nd Anniversary

The farther the calendar moves away from 3/31/2006, the day I walked away from a 20 year career in Sales, Marketing and Engineering, the less I have to explain why I said good-bye to a 6-figure job to trade full-time on my own account. That’s good, because it was pretty hard to explain anyway. The job was rewarding. I worked with great people. So, what was the problem?

I was never cut out to work a job. I am an entrepreneur by nature. I love trying to make something happen. Risk and uncertainty are not scary to me. Now every day that I wake up – I am faced with these challenges.

Interestingly, when you migrate towards your true passion – the money follows. My lifestyle hasn’t changed one bit since I quit the 9 to 5. I haven’t missed a meal. We still have our house in the suburbs and drive nice cars. Our vacations have actually upgraded a little.

Interestingly there are now some people who have only known me as a financial guy. Most think that I am some kind of financial advisor. I still haven’t come up with a good quick way to explain what I do. A stock trading financial freedom advocate will have to do for now.

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  • What do you miss the most about your old job?
    The interaction with co-workers?
    The variety of tasks?
    The meetings 😉

  • The only thing that I miss are the people. I had some good friends there – some I have known for over 20 years. Fortunately I stay in contact with many of them, but obviously it’s not the same as seeing them every day.

    I am able to replicate everything else: variety of tasks and even meetings (if I don’t have anything else to do). Moneywise it hasn’t been much different. I made as much money the last year two years as I made while I was working. The challenge is doing it each year.

    I have come to the conclusion that there is only a certain type of person that will venture out on their own. There are always more reason not to do it than to do it.

  • Mike,

    I missed your anniversary date, better late than never as the saying goes. Congrats on the two year mark. I believe you’re past the hump that most people who embark on this journey normally turn back to the regular pay check.

    It would prove an interesting story on your thought process over the years to finally waking up one day and deciding to quit. Obviously that’s overly dramatic as no one should quit a job without an idea or better yet much of their income replaced by their new venture. It would help those who may currently be racked with fear of the “what ifs” and at least determine if going solo is for them.

    Much continued success.

    Mike R

  • Mike,

    Thanks for the well wishes. I couldn’t do your comment justice with a quick response, so take a look here

    An Entrepreneur’s Story: When to Quit Your JOB