I have heard comments from other people that FI is a race. I will like to state that this is not a race. FI means that one does what is best for himself/herself and own situation. One does not have to be fully 100% financially independent to start enjoying the benefits.
Everyone who starts on the journey (and didn’t receive a hefy inheritance) starts with $0/month in passive income. It is important for one to start slow slow and figure how to invest in stocks. Things will start to get easier. Compounding will kick in and the passive income will start to multiply. It will not be long when one will have sufficient cash flow coming in to cover all the expense basically.