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Forum: Leaving the Career 11-27-2018, 01:55 PM
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Posted By GoldenGooseGuy
It sounds like you were immersed in the...

It sounds like you were immersed in the investment banking world. After being burned by the airline industry, I did a fair amount of research on corporate culture before jumping out of the frying...
Forum: Leaving the Career 11-27-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,473
Posted By GoldenGooseGuy
There are jobs that earn more, but the only ones...

There are jobs that earn more, but the only ones that gives you control of your own time requires already having ownership in something else. Remember that after 15 years, only one person who started...
Forum: Leaving the Career 11-27-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,473
Posted By GoldenGooseGuy
A two-leg commute was always the most dreaded...

A two-leg commute was always the most dreaded sentence any junior FO or Captain imagined when Republic opened their Grand Rapids base. So it sounds like the trade-off is, if senior enough on reserve,...
Forum: Leaving the Career 11-22-2018, 04:46 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,473
Posted By GoldenGooseGuy
Good observations, I think the pay is the carrot...

Good observations, I think the pay is the carrot on the stick that keeps many people going despite all of the other sacrifices. Republic was especially dysfunctional in that the majority of the...
Forum: Leaving the Career 11-22-2018, 02:35 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,473
Posted By GoldenGooseGuy
I was forced to commute after the STL base...

I was forced to commute after the STL base closed, from STL-ORD. It was notoriously tough due to all the former TWA pilots and full airplanes that competed for a seat - often it was 3 or 4 flights...
Forum: Leaving the Career 11-22-2018, 02:29 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,473
Posted By GoldenGooseGuy
Thanks very much, Tom! Some of my goals here,...

Thanks very much, Tom! Some of my goals here, along with time and financial freedom, is to show the value I found in having a Plan B, and in not putting all my (golden ;)) eggs in one career basket....
Forum: Leaving the Career 11-22-2018, 02:17 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,473
Posted By GoldenGooseGuy
That's a really great point, and one that I...

That's a really great point, and one that I worked to address in my first article:

"We are assuming that everyone who signs up for $200K in loans is a successful major airline pilot. In reality,...
Forum: Leaving the Career 11-21-2018, 01:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,473
Posted By GoldenGooseGuy
Family is the most important thing, I absolutely...

Family is the most important thing, I absolutely agree. Even a high paying or prestigious flying job will feel fruitless if your home life is neglected.

In the case of Republic, those two keys...
Forum: Leaving the Career 11-20-2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,473
Posted By GoldenGooseGuy
I appreciate your helpful commentary. Being...

I appreciate your helpful commentary.

Being out of sync is a good way to describe it. It seemed like while flying, everyone was always trying to get home, but it was an endless negotiation of...
Forum: Leaving the Career 11-20-2018, 06:07 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,473
Posted By GoldenGooseGuy
Being an entrepreneur can be subject to its own...

Being an entrepreneur can be subject to its own brand of burnout, did you feel like running the business was too much? Or was the pilot lifestyle a stronger draw than any other factor?
Forum: Leaving the Career 11-20-2018, 04:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,473
Posted By GoldenGooseGuy
Good question! My website is linked in my...

Good question! My website is linked in my signature, and here are the direct links to the two articles I mentioned:

Leaving the Career:
Why I Left an Airline Pilot Career Worth $8.2 Million...
Forum: Leaving the Career 11-20-2018, 03:05 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,473
Posted By GoldenGooseGuy
Why I Left a Pilot Career Worth $8.3 Million

Years ago, I cruised this forum looking for ways other people had successfully bailed out of their airline career. I had realized that my passion was not in flying, but finance. In the midst of my...
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