‘Retirement’ and Learning to Fly. Experimenting and codifying an Approach.
- Like most Companies, Fujitsu had a tough time during the Credit Crunch and as a consequence they decided to make something like 1000 People Redundant out of about 11,000 in the UK & Ireland. I guess the Redundancies were announced in perhaps April sort of time in 2010 and initially I had no intention of leaving but for some bizarre reason unbeknownst to me, a nagging voice started talking in my Head and saying “hey, why don’t you take Voluntary Redundancy and escape from all this silliness and pursue your Investing more seriously?”. It was a huge decision because I had always intended Retiring early (I was 44) but I thought I would do a few more years to boost the Retirement Pot and also of course to reduce the Years I had left on the Planet !! Being a Paraplegic Wheelchair User it was a big fear that if things went horribly wrong it might be very difficult to get another Job that suited me and of course ‘Fear of the Unknown’ was a huge issue with which I had to wrestle. I actually took quite a bit of time over this decision - probably several weeks - this is quite out of character for me because usually once I have what seems to be a Good Idea I am keen to get on with it. I presume this shows the gravity of the decision I had to take, but of course looking back from 9 years into the future I now know it was an excellent decision and it is my general experience that whenever I know anyone who has been made Redundant or taken VR, it is the best thing that has ever happened to them despite their initial worries.