47 years old, three teenage kids, one wife, home since 1997: Singapore
After completing my A-levels in Germany, I started on the traditional path in acquiring some skills to earn money. I did an Industrial Apprenticeship with Siemens. Then worked, and worked, and worked, and worked some more, moved to Singapore, and continued to work in the same company.
Back in late 2012, I decided that I’d have enough (in all aspects of that word) and declared my 24 years of corporate duty with Siemens (in Germany and in Singapore)—completed—by resigning from my position as Senior Vice-President Finance.
My local Singaporean colleagues declared me outright insane; however, my Expat colleagues congratulated me on that enviable move.
This showed me again the cultural gap between Europe and Asia, regarding attitudes towards work. By the way, this gap will have a huge impact a few years down the road with regards to which region of the world will be the superior one.
And since 2 years, I have been focusing on Tacomob.
Firstly, I am an Entrepreneur in Financial Self-Defence, trying hard to defend my hard-earned money (from those wild beasts: inflation and taxes) to maintain the buying power. I do that by putting my assets in asset classes that have proven to outdo inflation in the long run (ETFs, Equities, and Commodities).
Secondly, I am a Rational Flâneur. But what is a rationalist in my view?
Let me use that famous glass analogy to explain:
The optimist says, “The glass is half full.”
The pessimist says, “The glass is half empty.”
The rationalist says, “The glass is twice as big as it needs to be.”
Does it make it clear as glass?
And what is a Flâneur?
It is a French word, meaning stroller or lounger. For me, it means waking up in the morning and having the majority of my time unplanned and at my disposal. I have the luxury to be the master of my own time. I can decide how I spend my time.
Sometimes, that includes sitting in a café in Singapore’s Orchard Road and just watching the people go by, or cycling at Singapore’s park connectors and just breathing in nature, absorbing nature, admiring the beauty of nature.
I consider myself very fortunate to be able to enjoy that kind of life-style already now and not only when I am 65.
Why do we all have to follow the regular path: go to school, learn a job, work hard and smart in jobs for 30 to 40 years, get tired, retire and then try to enjoy life?
Why not borrow a few years from retirement and bring them forward to mid-life when time with growing up kids is so precious? And then – once the kids stand on their own feet – go back to work and do what you love?
I do share some of the methods that I used to get there under Prosper Slowly.
Have fun exploring my blog and let me know how you feel about it. Drop me a note.