Thanks Mdlerth. I have not read a lot yet on this blog, just starting to. I only got FIREd up in Jan this year, after 10-12 years of navel-gazing. After a few well-deserved self-inflicted punches/kicks, I woke up, googled & learnt more about FIRE.
I always thought of myself as a reasonably educated person with a reasonable/moderate level of intelligence/common sense. However, it took me 10-12 years to realize that I dont need $1 billion to retire. Its amazing how things are etched into our heads through the course of our lives that stop us from seeing the obvious.
So I started reading as many blogs as I could, frantically banged numbers into spreadsheets & finally came up with a plan. And now, 3 months later, I am technically at basic FI after some re-organisation of investments. The next step is to get to a more advanced level of FI over the next 1-2 years.
I am also blogging about it now and looking to get a Financial advisory licence to focus on the younger generation in NZ. I often get people asking me what to do with their finances and I enjoy discussing it with them. So might as well do something I am passionate about instead of my current corporate zombie status.
I also feel like I wish I had someone show me different paths when I was younger and explain this whole financial/FIRE world to me. I would have done a few things quite differently and taken on a lot LESS stress.
My main motivator for FIRE is family & community. I have not spent much time with my family for years now because of this ridiculous chase of money, to retire eventually!