I think the biggest reason I want to FIRE is simply that I want to just go at my own pace, and not have to answer to anybody. I don't want to be tied down to any j-word.
Now, that being said, here are the two things I hate the most about my current job...
1) Immediate cow-irkers. Whiny, self-centered, world-revolves-around-me drama queens that are also pretty adept at back stabbing.
2) Ineffective management that refuses to do anything about #1, and tends to be inconsistent in their direction. For example, a couple years ago I complained about one of my cow-irkers, who was just driving me crazy in every respect. Petty, jealous, backstabbing, blame-shiftin, self-centered, you name it. My manager says..."Well, is she doing these things to you or are you just PERCEIVING that she's doing these things to you?
Then, about 2 months ago, one of these people complained to management saying I was creating a hostile working environment. Basically, somebody left a mess in my workspace while I was on vacation, and I commented to that effect, stating that if I had done something like that to anybody else I'd never hear the end of it. I was accused of saying some four-letter words. Most likely "Damn", "Hell", and "Piss"-ed. Well that's baby-$hI+ compared to most of what goes on in our office. Well, THAT VERY AFTERNOON I get called in to meet with my supervisor and one of the big bosses with my company. I get the lecture about how I created a hostile working environment, and whether I think I did or not, it's how the other person PERCEIVES it.
So evidently, if somebody PERCEIVES that I did something naughty, I get crucified. If I PERCEIVE that somebody else did something naughty, I have to deal with it.
I'm thinking about putting my company on probation. Tell them that they have 30 days to correct this problem, or I put in my notice. Now in my company I'm just a little spittle in the cesspool of life, but deemed essential by the government people we support. More than likely, if I walk, the gov't would have the heads of my supervisors and they'll beg to get me back, under my terms.
Of course, there's always the chance that they won't. In that case, FIREcalc gives my current portfolio a 16.4% chance of success if I retire right now, at the ripe old age of 37. Should I pull the plug?