I just read the article and donít see the issue. I think there are, in fact, a lot of people who thought FIRE sounded romantic and easy, and are now learning that itís hard for some folks. I see nothing wrong with a confessional where people can come out, explain what theyíve learned and how itís changed them, and perhaps make the decision to go back to work.
I have no idea the proportion of folks who are legitimately FIRE vs those who decided to ďfake it til they make it.Ē But clearly there are some of each.
Another way of thinking about it is: No amount of negative FIRE articles are going to force you back to w*rk if youíre truly financially independent.
Saved 8 figures by my mid-40's as a professional bubble-spotter. Beware...the Fed creates bubble after bubble after bubble.