I’m such a sucker.
Let me give a super quick backstory.
Think about a hobby that you’ve had since you were young. You decide that college isn’t for you so you drop out before the first semester even finishes. You find a job at a hobby store paying less than ten bucks an hour. Eventually you start to travel with your hobby-job to trade shows selling products and meeting other vendors. Your flying gets noticed and people start talking. A friend of your employer casually asks “What do you want to do with your life?” and you say “I have no idea.” Four months later you are driving across the country for a $60,000 job with a fortune 500 company, flying unmanned aerial vehicles (read: actual “drones”) because of this unique skill set. Little do you know you’re set for life.
Super quick backstory!
The next time I live in the US is eight years later. Eight years working has made me (technically) FI, and I sure as hell don’t want to go back to a war zone. In accordance with the Super Plan, I’d work through 2016 here stateside during my “dwell time”. When January rolls around I’d begin a year long leave of absence to test life without work.
Reality kicks in
While on the FI bandwagon it’s easy to say “fuck it, I’ll just quit next year because I’ll have enough”.
“If they don’t give me the raise I want, I’ll pass it up quicker than shit!”
I also said, “I’m going to negotiate towards the top at 19% (additional $14,480), with a floor of 15% ($11,431).”
Can you guess what happened?
My hiring manager (also my actual manager) wouldn’t budge from the initial offer. Not even a little bit! $78,000 it is. While 78k is nothing to sneeze at, it’s nowhere near what I believe I’m worth. I’ll admit I felt a little shitty as I completed the offer process on the careers website.
All bark, no bite.
There are many reasons I accepted though. (This is the part where I try to justify myself). My primary duty is to train new hires from the ground up how to fly, essentially, a giant RC airplane. It’s often fun, and I’m really good at it.
Also, my potential savings rate is at least 70% if I can keep monthly spending at my FIRE rate of $2,500.
I want to be sure my spend rate is comfortable after being away for so long, and be able to adjust fire as necessary.
I’m on a gravy train with biscuit wheels. It’s easy work. Even fun at times. I just hope I know when enough’s enough.