From FIRE the 9 to 5 …
I have never considered myself to be a risk taker. In fact I would go so far as to say the opposite. I am naturally conservative; a trait magnified by my professional finance training.
On the whole, my life has followed a fairly standard path. I did as I was told – finished school – went to university – found a career with prospects – knuckled down – worked hard – put in the hours – climbed the ladder.
My instinct has always been to save rather than spend, avoid debt, build up a financial buffer. So I’m confused when I hear people comment that the FIRE lifestyle is risky.