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MrThatsDifferent

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FIREíd without the FI or RE
« on: November 19, 2021, 01:14:40 PM »
Ok, let me explain: initially when I discovered FIRE it was all about, well, being financially independent and retiring early, purely as a pathway to freedom. Recently I have voluntarily taken a payout to leave my company. I now have a nice chunk of money invested but nowhere near enough to be considered FI (unless I move to a LCOL country). I know that I will have to keep working so Iím not RE, and yet I finally feel free. I never want to work for anyone else again, only myself as the boss and contracted for other work. So hereís where Iím at with freedom:
1. Iím free to work for companies I  enjoy and want to work with
2. Iím free to work with people I enjoy
3. Iím free to work on projects or tasks I enjoy
4. Iím free to work how I want from wherever I want
5. Iím free to construct my day how I want to do whatever I want with my time
6. Iím free to grow my income at the pace Iím comfortable with, bust my ass make more, chill out, make less
7. Iím free to be me, my true authentic self without masks, every day with everyone I meet, because Iím not dependent on their judgment to live my life

Hereís the thing: Iím only just starting this journey. It all might blow up in my face. I already have my first client so thatís a relief. Iíve been eating healthier, relaxing, meeting up with more friends and exercising more. I havenít been stressed yet. Iím now planning fun holidays. I only spend my money on the things that enhance the life I want for myself and keep things easy, simple and clean.

I never thought I could enjoy the benefits of FIRE without achieving FI or RE. This is amazing. There will be bumps and failures ahead Iím sure, but thatís life right? Freedom for me, is everything, I just never thought it would feel this good.

What do you want for you and your life and what can you do to have more of that sooner?

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Re: FIREíd without the FI or RE
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2021, 01:26:11 PM »
Such are the benefits of having FU money.

MrThatsDifferent

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Re: FIREíd without the FI or RE
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2021, 01:43:23 PM »
Such are the benefits of having FU money.

Sure, if you activate the FU part for the life you want. If youíre sitting on it, then youíre not really using it, itís just a comfort in the back of your mind, not your reality.

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Re: FIREíd without the FI or RE
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2021, 03:25:11 AM »
Iíve been eating healthier, relaxing, meeting up with more friends and exercising more. I havenít been stressed yet. Iím now planning fun holidays. I only spend my money on the things that enhance the life I want for myself and keep things easy, simple and clean.

I definitely felt a "snowball" effect on my way to FIRE. As my stache grew, my confidence and optimism grew, which meant I made better and more disciplined decisions for myself, leading to more stache growth... and so on

But congratulations on that feeling of freedom! It's what FIRE was all about for me

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Re: FIREíd without the FI or RE
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2021, 08:28:42 AM »
Congrats! If you really figure out what floats your boat, youíre way ahead of the pack.

I was always motivated by achievementóbuilding/creatingóand enjoyed working in a corporate setting where administrative tasks like accounting, HR, office services, etc. weíre magically taken care of, leaving me free to do my thing and focus.  Iíve known several entrepreneurs who made boatloads and would NEVER work inside a corporation. And I have friends who are sole operators, some FT, some PT.

Happiness can be found around many cornersóand you donít needs anyoneís approval. Just be true to you.

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Re: FIREíd without the FI or RE
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2021, 04:15:13 PM »
Iíve been eating healthier, relaxing, meeting up with more friends and exercising more. I havenít been stressed yet. Iím now planning fun holidays. I only spend my money on the things that enhance the life I want for myself and keep things easy, simple and clean.

I definitely felt a "snowball" effect on my way to FIRE. As my stache grew, my confidence and optimism grew, which meant I made better and more disciplined decisions for myself, leading to more stache growth... and so on

But congratulations on that feeling of freedom! It's what FIRE was all about for me

Yeah, the power of momentum is amazing.