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Old 06-15-2014, 08:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Work/Life Balance and "getting out of the game"

I'm not the sort of person to share too much personal information on the internet but I think this could end up being an interesting topic of discussion:

For the last couple of years I've been dreaming about completely changing my life. I'm sick of office politics, the arse licking, the bullshit, the egos and the general mundane way of life I've been living.

Between 2006-2013 I worked for an out-sourcing company closely connected with a well known Multinational networking and hardware manufacturer, over these 7 years I went from customer service agent to Team Leader with a few different roles in between, to achieve that I was good at my job but I also did my fare share of kissing arse. I learned to use professional business lingo and could talk shit for days on conference calls to colleagues from all over the globe and over the years felt my soul slowly slipping away.

In 2013 I said **** it, resigned on a whim and moved to Ireland to work for a small company in a much more mundane yet morally rewarding job, however my goal in life is to achieve these things:

• Be 100% happy 24/7-365
• Have children
• Live most of the year in a warm climate
• Live most of the year doing something i truly enjoy
• Earn money to live, not live to earn money


Me and my fiancee now have enough money saved together to place a deposit on a property, my Mum would love nothing more than for me to own my own house, but for me to buy a house ties me to a location and bounds me to debt I'm just not interested in having.

This is what I want to do: Buy a small plot of land in a country with a warm climate, I don't really care where it is, plant olive trees, cold press the olives when they fruit, bottle and sell it in trendy upmarket location such as Camden with a label saying organic, family-owned, cold pressed <insert location> Olive Oil £25 a bottle.

Wish me luck, I'm currently starting preliminary checks on locations, hopefully in 2 years time I'll be posting from my Olive ranch!

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Old 06-15-2014, 08:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good luck with your goals man. What is it that makes you want to own an Olive ranch and make olive oil?
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It sounds to me like you are already on the right track.

It takes courage to ditch your job like you did, many people end up in a rut and pigeon-holed. Sometimes on good money, sometimes not.

I was always a loyal 'company guy' I worked in factory for 7 years before being made redundant, then at a bank (Northern Rock) for 6 years before being made redundant.

From there I worked in a series of shitty call centers... British Telecom being a nightmare which had a negative impact on my happiness and quality of life, but I stuck it out until being made redundant again.

At this point I thought **** it. 2010 in my early 30's I went to University and got a degree in computing. That whole experience changed my life.

These days I couldn't give a shit about my job, I take no bullshit from bosses and have no company loyalty, if something better comes up I take it, if I upset someone, their problem.

I've never been happier. I see life differently now. Lifes not about taking shit from bosses for peanuts. It's not about making others happy. It's about putting your happiness above all else, even close ones. Because you will see that when you're happy, those close around you are happy as well.
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You are braver than most of the ppl out there sir. I hope everything turns out great for you!
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"Be 100% happy 24/7-365"

This never happens, no matter how much you achieve, how much money you have or if you are doing what you love... you will always sink back down to your natural level of miserableness.
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You have the drive and determination, you're 50% on your way already with just that on your side.

Hats off to you and I hope it happens for you

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Good luck with your goals man. What is it that makes you want to own an Olive ranch and make olive oil?
I love Olive Oil and go through almost a litre in two weeks, it's a trendy product that's always going to be in demand.

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"Be 100% happy 24/7-365"

This never happens, no matter how much you achieve, how much money you have or if you are doing what you love... you will always sink back down to your natural level of miserableness.
Speak for yourself, since my move to Ireland i can genuinely say I'm truly content and have spent the majority of my time here being a very happy and positive person. I dislike office life and love warm climates, so this would seem like the next logical step for me.

I also just noticed this thread was my 2000th post.

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Hope you acheive your goals gazh, it's sounds awesome, others make it happen for them...you should too

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I'm a younger in the UK facing life unaided, dreams are great but it's at the point now where simply owning property is a pipe dream. I pay my rent, which means I could pay mortgage installments, but saving up the deposit is virtually impossible at the moment.

It's great that you want your olive oil company, but if the UK wasn't so shagged you wouldn't have to ditch 7 years of experience and reputation to embark on such unlikely ventures, no offense. All the best, what you're doing does take balls.
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I'm a younger in the UK facing life unaided, dreams are great but it's at the point now where simply owning property is a pipe dream. I pay my rent, which means I could pay mortgage installments, but saving up the deposit is virtually impossible at the moment.

It's great that you want your olive oil company, but if the UK wasn't so shagged you wouldn't have to ditch 7 years of experience and reputation to embark on such unlikely ventures, no offense. All the best, what you're doing does take balls.
I'm 30 and like you come from a working class background, both of my parents were teenagers when they had me, I basically come from absolutely nothing. It has taken me and my fiancee several years to save enough where this is now a realistic option.

As for my 7 years experience, this isn't really about finances or reputation, It's more about lifestyle, I've never been an ultra competitive person (hilariously this may be seen as a negative to some people *you're in the matrix*) and the thought of doing somebody over for my own career gains sickens my stomach. What I'm essentially trying to do here is opt out.

I want to put nothing in and get everything out, I don't want to compete with anybody, to lower anybody to get up a magical never ending ladder of stress.

Hope that makes sense.
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