Picking the first winner of the VLR award was easy for me. Some might consider me a little biased, but how could I not give the award to my friend and mentor Ernie Zelinski? After all it was Ernie’s books “How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free” and “The Joy of Not Working” that basically salvaged my life and gave me the courage to leave a 36-year banking career that was slowly killing me. If I had read Ernie’s book earlier, I would have probably exited my corporate job even sooner than I did.
Ernie is an interesting guy, who learned early in life that he wasn’t cut out for the corporate world. He’s a true free spirit, always has been, always will be and I just love his personal story. At the age of 29 he bailed (some might say was fired) from his job as a professional engineer. I say bailed because subconsciously we sometimes do things that will end up giving ourselves the result that we really want, as in “I know if I do this they will probably fire me” and in Ernie’s case they actually did. Continue reading “Introducing The First Monthly Victory Lap Retirement Winner”