FI to escape is not the same as FI to achieve

There is an instance in which I wondered whether I pull a trigger on the full-time employment. I received an advice from a well-known Singapore blogger. He highlighted that things became a lot “clearer” when he reached his late 30s.

He mentioned that this is not an “enlightenment” by any stretch of the imagination. He found himself peering through the smoke and mirrors and managed to see the strings pulling on him when he looked up.

His new found “awareness” cut across different realms; be it politics, economics, spirituality, relationship and philosophy. He had enough and decided to retire from the full-time employment at 44.

Based on the above reasoning, I started to know why I am hesitant to pull the trigger on the full-time employment. I am concerned that if I live till 100 and more, the run-out of money and rising medical costs. There are lot of “ifs” in my mind.

However, if I know I will go selling salted eggs in 5 years’ time, I definitely feel that I already have sufficient and can make the appropriate decision.


Author: firewtk

A middle-age Singaporean currently having a minimalist and simple lifestyle. I am not longer in full-time employment with effect from 1 May 2019. I try my very best to write one post per day on this blog. The purpose is to share my prevailing thoughts to interested readers. It is up to the interested readers to decide whether they want to take action in embarking on the FIRE journey. I do not gain anything from this blog and it is solely for sharing hopefully for the benefits of all interested reader. WTK

One thought on “FI to escape is not the same as FI to achieve”

  1. Interesting post, WTK. I agree that FI to escape vs. achieve are different. The “what ifs” and constant salary make it challenging to make the decision to leave. Having something you want to achieve makes it a lot different.


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