I enjoyed Jonathan Alpert's Dec. 11 article ["Work Out Reasons for Leaving"]. He offers thoughtful, sound advice. I thoroughly enjoyed my 23 years at IBM, but I longed to be the captain of my own ship. I did not want to end up like many of my colleagues who retired but could not afford to stop working.
Another division within IBM helped me build a website to sell unicycles, and the business eventually freed me from my job. I've been fully self-employed for seven years now, and I have no regrets.