Clever and Lazy is the Sweetspot for… Financial Independence Retire Early?

The Person Who is Clever and Lazy Qualifies for the Highest Leadership Posts

– General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord, 4th Chief of the German Army Command, Weimar Republic

General von Hammerstein-Equord, 1929. Courtesy Wikipedia.org.

I came across the above quote a few years ago during my path to financial independence.

I thought it was extremely obnoxious, overly simplistic, and yet disturbingly true.

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My Termination 1 Month Anniversary – The Emotional Roller Coaster

Excited! Inching up!

I’m definitely not the most self-aware person. I’m just not in touch with my feelings – something which my wife tells me often. So I’m starting a series to reflect on what I’m going through post-termination.

As I look back on my first month post termination, I recognize that there is a distinct roller coaster of emotion.

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My Unconscious Pursuit of FIRE: To Be Unemployment-Proof, Part 2

Shanghai, baby, SHANGHAI! (If you ever watched the movie Swingers)

The second watershed moment that led me to want to be unemployment-proof was the U.S. immigration process for my wife, whom I met in China.

If I thought my career being in jeopardy because of my employment was stressful, imagine how I felt when I discovered my relationship with my wife might be in jeopardy!
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My Unconscious Pursuit of FIRE: To Be Unemployment-Proof, Part 1

I wanted all the protection I could get!

Getting back to my story, I must admit that I actually didn’t know about FIRE as a movement until recently. Yet it turns out I had been unconsciously pursuing it for a decade.

And initially I didn’t pursue it out of the dream of living a more fulfilling life. It was fear and anxiety that drove me.

I wanted to become unemployment-proof.

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But Wait, What’s Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE)?

Needs more fuel

I’ll take a detour from my origin story to talk about this thing called “Financial Independence Retire Early” or FIRE because not everyone knows what this is.

In fact, it’s a concatenation of two really separate ideas that are not necessarily related, but everyone seems to just lump them together anyway.

And, it has gotten quite controversial lately!

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A Long Overdue Breakup – How I Got Laid Off From My Job

An unexpected termination!

My lay off from my job really was like a long overdue breakup with a significant other. Each side knows the right thing to do but doesn’t want to be the first to pull the trigger.

On one hand, you have so much history, so much invested in the relationship that you think that it would be such a waste for it to all come to naught. The good experiences are still there, and you can easily relive those good times of the past. Continue reading “A Long Overdue Breakup – How I Got Laid Off From My Job”