One of my team members told me today that they are now on their “final lap”. We were talking about great cities to visit – my favorite is Rome – and they shared their plans to start traveling more in early retirement. Next year!
This person plans on retiring on 5/1/16 after 35 enjoyable years at our dear MegaCorp. They’ve been a company loyalist for many years, but are now heading into their late 50s and want to make an early exit. I am very excited because they are someone I have enjoyed getting to know in the 2 years I’ve been with MegaCorp.
This individual doesn’t know of my FIRE plan. In fact, because I am about 7 years younger, I think this person figures I have many years to go. I hinted that “I’m hoping to not be that far behind you” as we discussed post-retirement travel strategies. The truth is that I expect to be exactly 1 month ahead of them!
Tonight my mind is clicking. When should I share my FIRE plan with this person? With my exit date also less than 1 year away maybe we can become partners in crime as we count down our days to FIRE. Or, as this person’s official manager, do I have a corporate obligation of some sort to keep quiet?
I’ll have to noodle over the implications for a while, but I would love to hear anyone’s advice.
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