April 30th 2008 was my last day at work. People asked:“what are you going to do?” There is lots to do: reading, writing, listening to music,there is always work around the house; I am going to continue exercising,bicycling, motorcycle riding all year round. I’ll be doing what our ancestors did:fishing, hunting and gathering…I’ll be traveling, visit with family.And last but not least I’ll be doing ham radio. I think it's a good plan.
What were my principles at work?
1. Enthusiasm, initiative, action.
2. Give the company a good eight hours of work every day, and then some.
3. You got to have a good sense of humor to survive 30 years in the field.
For those who stay behind, (still working) it’s going to be harder; you got to be a juggler, a magician, a psychologist…
My definition of Success:
I did what I like to do for work.
I live where I like to live.
Have a house paid in full.
Have some hobbies for fun.
Have a comfortable retirement.
Being able to share with family and friends what is meaningful to them.
See places that interest me.
Write a book.
Besides all these, I started with no money but I acquired a modest house, was able to support my family and secured a reasonable retirement by hard work, little help and some luck.My secret?I set small goals and try to achieve them one at a time by perseverance.I usually start out with doubts, but usually end up with certainties…