When my husband, Earl, left his job as a national accounts manager for book publisher John Wiley & Sons, the very last email he sent from his corporate account carried the subject line “Independence Day.”
Like many people who leave a job, Earl (shown at right, and above with me) used his parting missive to wish his colleagues well, to thank his mentors, and to relay his future contact information.
He also took the opportunity to declare – emphatically – that he was freeing himself from working for someone else, once and for all. “I’m happy,” Earl’s email said. “I’m going to start my own business and take my consulting activities to the next level.”
And just like that, he bid his colleagues farewell.
That was in July 2002. Earl will soon be coming up on his tenth year of financial freedom from corporate bosses, long meetings, a 9-to-5 schedule, a grinding commute, and all the other stresses that typify life in Corporate America.
Having his own business and answering to no one (except maybe God and family) has become his new reality. And that’s what Independence Day means to Earl.
Seems my husband and I are kindred spirits.
I met Earl in 2003, the same year I went through a downsizing and lost my job as a Wall Street Journal reporter for CNBC. And I wasn’t alone: 200 of my colleagues received pink slips, too, casualties of slumping advertising revenues and fiscal challenges at my former employer Dow Jones & Co, which was the parent company of the Journal at the time.
At first, I thought it was all so unfair. But once I resolved to move on with my life – which happened pretty quickly – I decided to start my own business.
My last day on air at CNBC was March 1, 2003. That very same month, I launched my own company and began working as The Money Coach.
Thus Independence Day is also about financial freedom to me. Freedom in my career choices. Freedom to say “yes” to certain clients and work opportunities — and the freedom to say “no” to others. Freedom to spend my time busily writing, doing speaking engagements or promoting my books in the media. Or the freedom to do nothing at all. Read the rest of Lynnette’s article on DailyFinance