“you are the youngest person i know who retired.”
–arnold, still working
last week, at 26 years old, i retired.
never, ever, ever again will i fill out a W-4.
or get free health insurance. or save up PTO.
for long-time readers, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. i don’t believe humans are meant to work. (we enjoy building things, but not working.)
so i’m not going to do that anymore.
non-obvious benefits of retirement
i’m only 6 days in, but here’s what i’ve learned about retirement:
- you wake up earlier than when you had a job
- productivity explodes
- sense of purpose presents itself
for example, an hour ago i finished my to-do list for the entire week. i never finish my todo list.
maybe now i’ll have two.
making ends meet
social security won’t exist when we (millenials, americans) turn 65.
it’s perhaps the greatest Pyramid Scheme of all time; one the government mandates us to participate in.
so what can we do to “secure our future?”
saving helps. sure.
but there are 2 ways to increase your runway: make more, or spend less.
that’s why in preparation of this move, i launched simple shopify apps to generate passive income.
within 60 days, i’ll have 2 more apps that are even better.
— ryan kulp (@ryanckulp) March 7, 2017
thriving as a 26 year old retiree
while passive income is great, it’s not enough to sustain my lifestyle.
within hours of early retirement, by the grace of God, new opportunities filled my inbox.
in case you think i’m exaggerating, a synopsis:
- business – full-time product marketing role (out, i’m retired)
- code – SMS daily deal platform for a winery
- business/code – sales outreach machine that personalizes images
- business – SEO for a social network
so “rent” and “money” are not really an issue.
instead, choosing happiness is my new litmus test for deciding what to do every morning when i wake up.
(hint: meeting for coffee/drinks and responding to email do not pass the test.)
why you should retire early
i don’t usually tell people what to do. my marketing ideas are mere posits, concluding with a question or a challenge.
but today, i’m grabbing you by the tie.
stop doing what you don’t like, and figure out how to get paid for what you do like.
this isn’t my advice. idk if the sage can even be traced.
but it’s something we all agree with, deep in our hearts. some us believe it deeper than others, and a thing called “inspiration” helps it surface.
or maybe you’re fully on board, but you’re waiting for the Right Moment.
below are a few Right Moments, from my observations:
- $1,000,000 in the bank
- mortgage paid off
- kids’ college fund saved
notice something? every reason is rooted in money.
we trade creativity and joy and talents for… cash. it’s backwards.
money should be exchanged for more life.
here’s the worst that can happen if you retire today.
- in XX days/months/years, you run out of money
- you get another job, fill out a W-4, get free health insurance, and save up PTO
maybe i’m missing something, but this 2-step recovery looks like something people with jobs do, too.
today i woke up and emailed some customers. i wrote some code, and listened to thug rap music.
tomorrow i’m recording a video for the Dunkin Donuts music contest.
friday i have a routine Physical, since my health insurance runs out in 23 days.
this weekend? the rest of my life? who knows.