From my earliest memories growing up, I followed the rules. I checked off all the boxes.
And I was miserable. Little did I realize it, but I had unwittingly followed society’s guidelines that led me to stepping onto the hamster wheel of constant consumption.
Check out this amazing YouTube movie by Steve Cutts which exemplifies the rat race. Yes, I know, I’m mixing metaphors but it’s a really good 5 minute movie!
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
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.
Continue reading “Clever and Lazy is the Sweetspot for… Financial Independence Retire Early?”
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!
Continue reading “My Unconscious Pursuit of FIRE: To Be Unemployment-Proof, Part 2”
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.
Continue reading “My Unconscious Pursuit of FIRE: To Be Unemployment-Proof, Part 1”
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”