It sounds sad that a 40-year old man needs permission from his parents, but we all look for permission in one form or another. In my case, I needed permission to leave my career. The problem was that I didn’t know I needed their permission. For ten years, I had wrestled with leaving my finance career but hadn’t pulled the trigger. It was always one excuse or another. Need to save more money, I can find a better boss, find a better company.