Playing With Fire: The Financial Independence And Retire Early Movement

How to escape the rat race, forever.

Crouched over my desk with my face in my hands, and it was only Tuesday.  It was mid month and I was far behind on my sales quota for the month. Generally that’s a stressful enough situation, as is.  But I was a few weeks away from needing to find a new place to live or move back in with my parents far away from where I was working.  Hey, at least it wasn’t the street, right? At the time I was convinced my next move was to purchase a house, so on top of this I was regularly viewing and working to put offers on houses.  Which intensifies the stress of being behind on your sales.


Low disposable income, stressed out over acquiring and managing a mortgage, constantly grinding on a job that paid variably.  ‘Fuck this’ I thought. I was a few years out of university working a less than ideal job than I had imagined for myself after completing a bachelor’s degree.  I was in minimal debt but wasn’t doing much in the way of saving and I was looking to lock myself into a mortgage in a small city where I grew up, because I thought that was the right thing to do as an adult.  I’m sure there are many others my age who can relate.

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