Randl Ockey: More isn’t always better, Linus

It was the summer of 1968. I had just graduated from high school and was eagerly looking forward to enrolling at Brigham Young University in the fall.

To earn money for college, I got a job at a paint factory warehouse in a neighboring town. It was a tedious, physically taxing job with dreadful working conditions. However, the people I met working there kept the job from being boring.

One of the interesting fellows I met that summer was Tom (not his real name), a person about 10 years my senior who worked in the warehouse office.

On one occasion, Tom shared with me that he and his wife had decided they were going to retire at 40 and that both of them were working two full time jobs to amass the wealth required to achieve that goal. I was incredulous; I had never heard of anyone doing that and wondered how it was possible. Tom acknowledged the many challenges that came with what they were doing, but declared their determination to reach their goal.

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I never saw Tom again after that summer, but I’ve wondered a few times if

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