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pjf (2464)

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I run Perl Training Australia [].

I help with Melbourne Perl Mongers.

I spend an awful lot of time talking about Perl, and have had my picture in the Australian newspapers with a camel. That's rather scary.

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Sunday February 26, 2006
10:10 PM

Retirement by 30

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Retirement by 30
I've been talking about early retirement for years. I'm sure this has been a source of great amusement for friends, family, and peers. Given that the start of my third decade of life will be happening later this year, I thought I should give a status update about how I'm going.

Retirement, in the sense of 'never need to work another day of my life', simply is not going to happen in the next six months. That's okay, because retirement in the sense of 'only need to work fifteen days a year' has already happened. Yes, that includes covering all our diving expenses and a modest amount of savings.

After many years of working insanely hard, I'm finally at the point where I can get some relaxation. The factors involved in this are simple. Sound investment plans, sound business management, and sound lifestyle management.

I'm expecting to continue to work more than my required 15 days/year, primarily as a form of insurance. However for the moment I'm mostly working on maximising my standard of living, rather than maximising my total income. It's a very, very satisfying state to be in.

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  • I've been "semi-retired" for many years. As in, having restructured my work so that it mostly doesn't seem like work, and I get to spend a lot of my time doing only the things I enjoy doing, and would probably do whether I got paid or not (and in fact, most of the time simply don't get paid either).

    I actually couldn't imagine not doing most of these things to which I've now become accustomed. I can now see why so many folks in the US, shortly after the official "retirement", simply die within a few years

    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge
  • And feel free to share any hints you have to make this come about for the rest of us.

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • aren't you starting your *fourth* decade of life? Sorry to be a downer... ;-)