Welcome to The Fire Guy. This website isn’t about firefighters or how to get fired from your job. Instead, FIRE stands for Financial Indepedence & Early Retirement. You may be thinking – dude, you are 26, what gives you the right to write about personal finance, let alone think about it. First of all, it’s a FREE country – so HA! But seriously, if I had the normal workerbee mindset, I would agree with you. Instead, my past experiences have shaped me into the person I am today and financial indepedence is almost always on the forefront of my mind these days.
Just a little bit about me, I am a married mid 20’s suburbanite that works in corporate finance and I am just a good old fashionshed nerd when it comes to numbers. I live in a mix of YOLO moments and mowing the lawn & other adult like tasks. I lived a seemingly normal childhood with great parents and a great family and for that, I feel truly blessed. I grew up with normal entrepreneurial aspirations – solid for a child, but nothing like Warren Buffet’s pinball machine empire. Snow comes, lemonade stands, and eventually eBay. The whole eBay story will have to wait for another day, but long story short, I’ve sold a lot of shit on eBay in my day.
I went to a state university, had great times with great friends, and came out with a decent entry level job. Health Insurance and a 401K that was on its way to vesting – WOW, was I a baller or WHAT!? One thing that I’ve realized is that Corporate America is what you make of it – you can definitely go to work and be miserable everyday and you can also go to work and be that really annoying guy that just smiles 24/7. I’ve seen both. I’d like to think I’m somewhere in the middle. Another big thing that I’ve realized is that all of life is what you make of it and I would much rather be working because I want to, as opposed to being required to work to pay bills. This leads me to the idea of financial independence. It’s the big safety net that is the biggest hammock in the world. Don’t mistake and think that I will become any less motivated or driven when financially indepedent. But there is a certain feeling of freedom associated with being able to do what you want exactly when you want it. The old folks tell me I should delay gratification. Trips with my beautiful wife around the country and the world help me remember this goal and why I want to get there.
Welcome to the site, hopefully you stick around and we can learn something from each other over the coming months and years. Nice to meet you internets – it should be a fun ride!
-Your Fire Guy