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I Quit My Job – The Next Chapter Begins NOW

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Well, I finally went ahead and did it…After 4 years from the start of this blog (February 2012), that wonderful and long awaited day that I’ve been dreaming about has finally arrived… I am officially DONE with engineering and high-tech. Boy, right now, I gotta tell you, I’m at a loss for words. I always imagined that writing this post would be super easy, but as I get started here today, it’s proving to be quite difficult!

Really, I think it’s impossible to convey into words all the emotions that I am going through right now.

Here are just some of them:

  • Relief
  • Excitement
  • Trepidation
  • Fear

More than anything, I feel ALIVE!

As I’ve rambled on incessantly through the years, I’ve ALWAYS believed that there is way, way more to life than just 9-5 until 65. Even when I was a lot younger, in my early 20’s, I just could never buy into all the corporate propaganda, like how you’re supposed to work your ass off so that you can climb up a stupid, fictitious ladder. You know, the path to a “better life”.

Yeah, right…

More like selling your soul to the devil…

My thinking was along the lines of, “These people are insane! You sacrifice your one and ONLY life (that is finite) so that you can earn more money… What do you do with that extra income? Lifestyle inflation… New car, bigger house, more toys and gadgets, extravagant vacations (that are extremely short-lived due to work), etc., all while never really experiencing the joys of being ALIVE!

What’s life really all about anyway? Being comfortable and status quo until the day you die? Is that the type of life you would want to replay and watch on a big screen someday in the distant future?

For me, the answer has always clearly been HELL NO!

In my eyes, life is all about:

  • Experimenting with new things and ideas.
  • Exploring the world, traveling, living in different countries.
  • Challenging yourself constantly.
  • Spending and cherishing time with those you love most.
  • Doing pretty much whatever you want, whenever you want (if I want to go hiking at 2 PM because the weather is gorgeous I should be allowed to!).

Early on in my adult life, I figured out what I really wanted in this world… So, I knew my gameplan had to be centered around that. When it comes down to it, what I’ve been chasing for all along has been FREEDOM!

When you’ve got the time to come and go as you please, you are FINALLY allowed the opportunity to fight for and embrace the things that matter most to you!

Since last year, I’ve made it no secret to readers that I’ve been struggling with persistent burn out for the longest time now… Call me a wimp if you’d like, but I grinded it out in Corporate America for close to 10 years, trying to position myself for this very moment. One thing I’ve learned along the way is that it’s your life, so focus on what makes you happy! Who cares what other people think? They don’t live in your shoes and will never fully understand your goals and ambitions.

With that said, I’ve made it this far because I’ve never let haters get in my way. Regardless of what you do in life, you will ALWAYS have skeptics and those who wish for you to fail… You don’t even need to go out of your way because unfortunately, these sad souls can be found everywhere…

Haters are gonna hate…

Who gives a sh!t!?!

Fight on, regardless…

And that’s what I did…

Once upon a time, I had an ex-girlfriend who I adored… and she told me, “You know, you’re a lot like a blade of grass… You don’t know what you want in life and just let the wind take you wherever it wants.

Those words always stuck with me, and I can say that I frequently used them as motivation to get me through adversity.

Further:

  • A good buddy of mine in high school once told me, “You’re too dumb to be an engineer, bro. I went on to obtain 2 B.S. degrees (Mechanical and Materials Science) and a M.S. (Electrical) in engineering.
  • I was told by most everyone that I wouldn’t be able to transition into the semiconductor industry because I didn’t study Electrical Engineering as an undergrad. I carved out an entire career in industry working as both a hardware and software engineer. No, I don’t have a Computer Science (CS) degree… But I taught myself that, anyway…
  • I was laughed at and ridiculed by my peers for living at home with family in order to save money in my early 20’s. Most of my friends were living large in the city, in swanky apartments. I reached a net worth of over $1,000,000 in 2015. Many of those critics are still paying large sums each month in rent and living paycheck to paycheck.
  • I was told I would never be able to retire by age 30. This past week, I checked out of the game for good at age 31, so I guess they were right about that… I missed the mark by 1 year…

 

I mention the above bullet points to share with readers some of the challenges I’ve had to overcome in my life… I’m sure most of you can relate!

 

Life ain’t easy, that’s for sure…

 

In my own current situation, there’s no denying that it’s nerve-racking right now. There’s a ton of uncertainty… and I will never suggest to anyone that I have everything all figured out… Far from it… Yes, I’ve got a rough gameplan in place, but how often does life ever go accordingly to script? That’s just wishful thinking… Let’s deal with reality here… Right now, certainly I feel overwhelmed, I won’t lie…

No more stable income, no more job, no more healthcare plan, etc., etc…

 

But so what?

 

Life is all about challenges and obstacles. How can you possibly grow without them?

 

So let’s knuckle up and find a way to make it work!

 

I’m ready to tackle on the next chapters of my life.

 

Most importantly, surround yourself with good people and wonderful things will start to happen…

 

Yes, it’s true that I try to convert a lot of the negativity I encounter into further motivation, adding fuel to the fire…

But lost in all that is the tremendous amount of support that I’ve received over the years from the people who really do matter — friends, family, blog readers, and even strangers.

That stuff trumps everything else; Thank you all!

I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all that I have without you!

I really do believe that the world is filled with some pretty amazing and humble people. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many over the years. And now that I’m free from the shackles of wage slavery, I’m going to focus the bulk of my time and efforts on cherishing many more moments with these individuals.

And like I said, it’s time for me to give back and help others achieve their own dreams…

 

So, if anyone wants to meet up for coffee, feel free to shoot me a message from time to time.

 

This journey is constantly evolving and now we’ve reached an inflection point where the quest is no longer about me…

 

I couldn’t be more excited! 🙂

 

To better days!

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  • JC @ Passive-income-pursuitNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 12:48 pm

    Awesome awesome stuff! I’m so excited for you and to see where your journey takes you.

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:39 pm

      JC,

      Thanks buddy! Appreciate that coming from you, since we’ve both been blogging and sharing our journeys on the web for a few years now. I know that I’ve been following you since 2012 when I first got started.

      Time flies, and we’ve both made a lot of progress since then.

      Keep up the good fight!

      • Dividend Growth InvestorNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 5:45 am

        FIF,

        Those news made my Sunday. I am so happy for you. I am sure your health will be recovering shortly.

        Best Regards,

        DGI

        • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 7:38 pm

          DGI,

          Thanks for the support buddy!

  • J. MoneyNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 1:08 pm

    Rock on man! I remember when you first came onto the scene – and now here we are with you crushing it 🙂 Beers on me if we ever meet in real life! (Actually, now that you have all the time in the world you have no excuses to hang w/ us at FinCon! San Diego this year, baby!))

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:41 pm

      J$,

      Definitely appreciate all the support throughout the years and the major advertising you’ve done for this site via Rockstar Finance 😉

      Oh for sure, looking forward to talking shop with you in real life one of these days… FinCon in SD sounds like a dream… Don’t wanna spill too many details at this point in time, but let’s just say I might not be able to make it due to logistical reasons…

      But some point in the future, count me in!

      Cheers!

  • amber treeNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 1:14 pm

    Congratz on the move you made! you reached FIRE and acted upon it! Good luck with the next move in life. keep blogging.

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:43 pm

      amber tree,

      Thanks so much! I’ll definitely keep on blogging because we are only now getting started with this game called life.

      Take care!

  • vinitNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 1:15 pm

    Amazing journey. Many Congratulations. You crushed it man. Keep crushing it 🙂 :).

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:44 pm

      Vinit,

      Thanks for the kind words! Appreciate the support!

      Best wishes!

  • LeighNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 1:27 pm

    Congrats! I’m happy you finally pulled the trigger and curious to see where you go next! I’m taking a less frugal path than you, but I should still become a millionaire by age thirty with a nice condo in the city, though not a swanky one. I definitely wish I was closer to FI at times, but I’ll keep job hopping in the meantime.

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:46 pm

      Leigh,

      Thanks for stopping by! Also appreciate that, coming from you, someone I’ve followed since the beginning of this journey.

      I have no doubt you’ll hit those marks by the time you are 30; your progress is second to none.

      All the best on your journey and good luck with grad school!

      Cheers!

  • Michelle SchroederNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 1:47 pm

    Love this blog post! CONGRATS! 🙂

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:48 pm

      Michelle,

      Thanks! Another blogger from 2012 who has inspired me along the journey to early FI!

      Time to step up the blog game, so I’m gonna have to study up on your tips soon!

      Cheers!

  • Alex KNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 2:21 pm

    Congrats! I’ve been following your blog for the past year and it inspired my own financial plan. If you’re ever in NYC send me an email (RUAK09@gmail.com) and we’ll grab some coffee. Would be delighted to share my investing knowledge and learn about your real estate experience.

    All the Best,
    Alex

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:51 pm

      Alex,

      Thanks for the support! Definitely, if I’m ever in NYC, I’ll be sure to reach out to you. Coffee and talking shop go hand in hand with my passion. My favorite cousin is also still hanging out there, so I’m sure I’ll visit her in the near future, especially since she promised to take me to another broadway show…

      If you’re reading this cuz, don’t think I forgot!

      Take care!

  • JTNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 2:57 pm

    Congrats! I’m so happy for you! Hoping to be in your place soon! Big, bold move. Hope to read your next article on what you’re planning to do now.

    Beat of luck!

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:53 pm

      JT,

      Thanks! Yeah, it’s a pretty bold move, but sometimes you gotta go with your gut.

      We’ll see where the road takes us next…

      All the best!

  • Gen X InvestorNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 3:54 pm

    Congratulations! I’ve been following your blog for over a year now and I’m happy to see that you made it! I’m looking forward to reading your updates.

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:53 pm

      Gen X,

      Thanks! Will be sure to keep posting and updating with the latest happenings.

      Best wishes!

  • Income SurferNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 3:58 pm

    Congrats buddy. Welcome to the intentionally unemployed. It’s been good to me the past 3 weeks…..and I’m sure you’ll find it agreeable as well. Congrats buddy, and drop me a line when you feel like it.
    -Bryan

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:55 pm

      Bryan,

      LOL! Well, the last few jobs/unemployment reports have looked AMAZING, let’s see if we can put a dent into the figures… One of my other good buddies just quit his job too…

      Yeah, looks like you’re enjoying yourself and being mightily productive with your newfound free time. Your house looks terrific!

      When you’ve got some free time, let’s catch up and talk shop.

      Cheers!

  • TawcanNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 4:35 pm

    Congrats! That’s amazing that you finished quit your job! Being an engineering myself, I think our paths are very similar. Definitely would love to pick on your brain and get some tips from you one day.

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:56 pm

      Tawcan,

      Thanks! Definitely, as a fellow engineer, I’m sure you can relate all too well with the struggle of the 9-5 grind.

      Certainly, feel free to reach out anytime if you wanna chat about investing, life, or whatever.

      All the best!

  • Special Agent DividendNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 4:51 pm

    Awesome news for you and I can only imagine the emotions you have with hitting the mark to walk away. I look forward to watching your journey and the path you take from the other side now!

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:57 pm

      Special Agent Dividend,

      Thanks! It’s definitely exciting, no denying that. I look forward to the unknown and unscripted.

      All the best!

  • Financial SamuraiNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:01 pm

    Congrats on making the move! How did it go down? 2 weeks notice? Any chance you were able to negotiate a severance?!

    I don’t see much hater stuff on your site. Do you just delete the comments or something? Things seem pretty positive in general.

    What’s next?

    Sam

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 6:03 pm

      Sam,

      Thanks! Another blogger who I’ve followed since the beginning of this journey in 2012.

      No, I would never delete a reader comment intentionally; that would be so lame… I would only remove a message if it was pure SPAM. But sometimes legitimate comments do get caught in the SPAM box. If that’s ever happened to you, I apologize! Send me an email or try re-posting using a different name/email.

      No severance package, but I left on good terms… I consider the chapter closed, but I’ve got great connections in high-tech and Silicon Valley… Should I ever need to go back (I certainly hope not), I’m confident I’ve got more than enough experience to land a sweet gig…

      But let’s move on to bigger and better things!

      As it pertains to haters, the blogosphere is extremely supportive and great. Definitely readers, commenters on this site. It’s the people closest to you who can hurt you the most… and I’ve struggled with that my entire life. So, I’ve moved on and cut out a lot of toxicity…

      I still think the glass is half full — “Yes, it’s true that I try to convert a lot of the negativity I encounter into further motivation, adding fuel to the fire…

      But lost in all that is the tremendous amount of support that I’ve received over the years from the people who really do matter — friends, family, blog readers, and even strangers.

      That stuff trumps everything else; Thank you all!”

      Take care!

    • Dividend Growth InvestorNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 5:43 am

      Sam,

      Just because someone disagrees with you, doesn’t automatically mean they are a hater.

      If you automatically discount those who disagree with you, especially after a winning hand, you may be suffering from hubris. This could be dangerous to your net worth.

      Good luck to you!

      Dividend Growth Investor

  • AceNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:32 pm

    Congrats FF!

    Reading about the adversities that you had to deal with hit me right in the feels brah. Not to mention you quit at the young age of 30, that is so deadly!

    So whats it like having fuk you money? 😉

    cheers man enjoy the next chapter of your life!

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 6:09 pm

      Ace,

      Thanks! Life has it’s challenges, so we just gotta keep pushing forward.

      Looking forward to the next (best) chapters ahead!

      Cheers!

  • Dividend HustlerNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 5:57 pm

    Congrats FIF. You’ve made it bud. The matrix, you’ve awaken and gotten the hell out. Thanks for sharing and hope to hear what’s in store for the next chapter. I’m happy for you bud. You’ve hustled hella to be here today so it’s definitely been the road less travelled.
    Cheers bud.

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 5, 2016, 6:10 pm

      Tyler,

      Thanks for stopping by my friend! Haha, I’ve always compared the rat race to the Matrix, and man, it feels damn good to be able to breathe in real air…

      You’re doing some amazing things over there as well and I know you got some BIG goals for your future. Keep hustlin’, you do it better than most everyone out there!

      Cheers!

  • NicuNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 3:35 am

    Your journey is inspiring, thank you for sharing it with us!
    I wish you all the best for the next chapters of your life!

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 7:59 pm

      Nicu,

      Thanks for the kind words!

      Yup, I’m really looking forward to embarking on the next chapters.

      Cheers!

  • Josh CritesNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 9:11 am

    Congrats! I really enjoyed the post and just shared it on my facebook wall. I just discovered the FI/ER world after returning to the USA from a research fellowship. After having 1.5 years of freedom/flexibility I thought to myself there has to be a way to capture this for a longer period of time. I will continue reading your blog and look forward to tips about what to do now that you reached FI. Congrats again!

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 8:02 pm

      Josh,

      Thanks for sharing! FI/ER is definitely the way to go, and I can only imagine how motivated you must be right now after experiencing 1.5 years of freedom.

      FI is one of the greatest things you can ever do for yourself.

      Take care!

  • Midwestern LandlordNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 9:44 am

    Congratulations Jay. To become FI at 31 is a great accomplishment and it just goes to show your hard work has paid off. I completely agree that continuing to work just to build a larger pile of gold is really not the point. The point is freedom. I quit the rat race as soon as I could justify it financially and no later. That was a little over 2 years ago and I do not regret it one bit. Because once you have the basics met (food, shelter, etc) freedom is really the most important thing to create in your life. At least from my perspective. New shiny objects that some people in society place value on (new cars, second homes, etc) at the expense of freedom to me is a non starter. It is Sunday today and I am not really sure what I am going to do tomorrow yet. Maybe not much. Maybe something new. But it will be my choice. One thing it will not be is going to the office working for someone else. Those days are over with. Even in the best of cases when one likes their job, it still just takes too much time out of our lives. And time for all of us is a finite resource.

    So all of those people that questioned you being frugal, living at home, buying rental real estate, etc. can continue to enjoy going to work for someone else while you have created personal freedom at a very young age. It is great when a plan comes together!

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 8:07 pm

      Midwestern Landlord,

      Thank you for all your support over the years! Although we haven’t met in person yet, it always feels as though I can always relate to you and the things that you say. We are very much aligned and on the same wavelength as it pertains to thoughts on: real estate, investing, life, etc. I definitely agree that all the money saving and investing was just a means to an end, a beautiful end called early FI.

      Being able to sleep late, wake up whenever, and do pretty much whatever you want is a dream that many aspire for but few achieve. Just a taste of that, even momentarily ought to convince more people to go after it with full force. Like you said, it’s not the material goods that bring happiness, it’s the flexibility to control your own destiny.

      No more staff meetings, no more boss, no more being told what to do like I’m a little kid in constant need of approval and guidance is a weight, no, a boulder lifted off of my shoulders.

      I think I’m gonna enjoy getting used to this next phase in life. It’s a shame the whole “living at home” bit has such a negative stigma associated with it… Looking back, it was one of the best decisions I ever made for my financial freedom.

      Being a “loser” throughout my 20s has insured that I get to escape the cubicle throughout my 30s and beyond.

      Can’t beat that!

      All the best!

  • JimNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 9:47 am

    Congrats FiF! This is amazing news! I want to pass along a thanks for sharing your journey to FI. It has been an inspiration to me. While I’m a ways behind you yet, reading that you made it is going to give me an extra push.

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 8:11 pm

      Jim,

      Thanks for the support! I’m glad you’ve found the journey inspiring.

      Keep at it and you will go far!

      All the best!

  • A Frugal Family's JourneyNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 3:53 pm

    Congrats FiFighter! You’re sacrifices in your 20s now allows you to life the life you choose. What a great feeling it must be to know you have the FREEDOM to do what you want. That is what many of us in the DGI community is striving for and you’ve done it at 31. Well done!!

    Best wishes. AFFJ

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 8:13 pm

      AFFJ,

      Thank you so much! Yes, the taste of FREEDOM is something I am never gonna grow tired of. I can’t wait to get started and to share with readers my plans for the future.

      You’re doing great things over there, keep at it and all the best!

  • AspisNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 4:48 pm

    Congrats, mate! That’s some impressive stuff. 🙂

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 8:13 pm

      Aspis,

      Thanks! It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure!

      Take care!

  • Brian from KoreaNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 9:05 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLCEUpIg8rE

    That’s for you FI Fighter!

    I will be sure to send you a message to catch some coffee.

    Thank you for your words of wisdom.

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 9:12 pm

      Brian,

      Love it! That is my favorite movie of all time 🙂

      All the best!

  • Took2summitNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 9:46 pm

    Grats on quitting. I’m curious what your plan is though. I live in the the Peninsula which may be a tad more expensive than the south Bay where you live, but how exactly do you plan to make it with a million bucks net worth? Not only that, but I know a large portion of your net worth isn’t in income producing assets, not good or bad, but just wondering. I’m 29 at the moment and have about 700k net worth. I’ve crunched the numbers many times and if I plan to live in the Peninsula in retirement, which I plan to do, I’d need about 3 million minimum. Will be curious to know what your plan is to supplement your income or if you plan to live with room mates the rest of your life? Perhaps you plan to leave the south bay? Once again, congrats on quitting !

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 9:53 pm

      Took2summit,

      Congrats on all the progress you’ve made at such a young age; that is phenomenal work on your part.

      In regards to COL, I have every intention to leave the Bay Area in the near future. I have severe wanderlust that must be attended to! You are definitely right on the mark with that, and most of my early FI friends around here (SF Bay Area) also agree that you need about $3 million to retire comfortably here.

      In regards to income, I will post more about it very soon. Quitting the 9-5 definitely does NOT preclude one from earning income through other means… I have written posts in the past about future endeavors: online businesses, real estate agent, etc.

      Too early to say which direction will prove most fulfilling, but at this exact moment, all I know is that I’m content with pulling the plug, walking away and trying something new. What I’m doing is NOT courage… Far many more have switched careers midstream with much less than what I’m attempting to do. Worst case, if I have to go back to 9-5, so be it… But I’m confident that won’t happen.

      All the best!

      • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 9:58 pm

        In regards to the non-income producing assets, that’s only temporary. No doubt, I have every intention of converting any net worth to enhance the income stream.

        Unfortunately, stocks and real estate interest me NONE right now; way overpriced and not appealing.

        I am a patient guy… If I need to dip into the cash reserves from time to time, I’m ok with that… I will not invest unless I can buy income assets for pennies on the dollar again. I’ve been spoiled and that’s my investing philosophy.

        No need to chase, especially if you’re not desperate. Patience will be rewarded because cycles inevitably win out.

        When the right time comes, I will capitalize.

        Cheers!

  • georgehpuckNo Gravatar March 6, 2016, 10:25 pm

    Congrats on retirement.

    I havent always been a fan of every move that you have made with your investments. But overall I have always admired the overall results and your research and willingness to go against the norm. And it has served you well.

    Best of luck to you, very deserving!!!

    -George

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 7:40 pm

      George,

      Thanks! Appreciate the support. Sure, it’s normal to disagree on things, especially investing ideas. I’m not gonna be right on a good number of calls either. But in the end, we are all fighting for the same goal — financial freedom!

      All the best!

  • Steve @ Think Save RetireNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 6:32 am

    Hot damn! Huge congratulations are in store for you, good sir. I will be in your position at the end of the year – the journey is only just beginning for you. Enjoy, my friend! 🙂

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 7:42 pm

      Steve,

      Thanks! That’s awesome that you’ll be joining along not too far from now.

      All the best!

  • Anthony BNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 7:18 am

    Just don’t stop writing this blog please! 23 year and aspiring to be you!

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 7:45 pm

      Anthony,

      Will do my best to keep on rollin’! Thanks for the support!

      Cheers!

  • AllenNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 7:47 am

    Wow, congrats FiFighter! As a fellow young EE, many of your sentiments and stories resonate with me. I love reading your blog, your insight, and most of all, your ability to ‘go against the grain’ and challenge the status quo.

    I hope to also achieve early FI. I’m working really hard to save and invest. You are definitely an inspiration. I would love to chat about life and investing sometime.

    Congrats again!

    -Allen

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 7:47 pm

      Allen,

      Thanks for the kind words! EE was a wonderful career choice for me and many others. If you stick with it, I’m pretty sure it will do great things for you as well.

      Sure, feel free to drop me a line anytime.

      All the best!

  • AlisaNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 9:20 am

    Congratulations! On to greater things!

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 7:48 pm

      Alisa,

      Thanks! Yup, that’s right!

      Cheers!

  • theFIREstarterNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 10:10 am

    Best email I’ve received all week… I doff my cap to you good sir and look forward to seeing what you have in store next!

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 8, 2016, 12:02 pm

      theFIREstarter,

      Thanks for stopping by buddy! It’s been awhile. I hope you are doing well.

      I will need to stopby and say hello more often! Keep up the good fight!

      Cheers!

      • theFIREstarterNo Gravatar March 16, 2016, 4:03 pm

        No worries!

        I’ve been trying to keep up with all your metals posts but I have nothing to add to the conversation as my knowledge is little to none. Hence the lack of recent comments on here.

        Also been mega busy myself last couple of months so blogging stuff had taken a bit of a back seat. I’ll have a teeny bit of free time going forward now tho so will be following along eagerly once more 🙂

        All the best!

  • BowmanNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 10:44 am

    Standing ovation from my behalf! Congratulations!

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 8, 2016, 11:59 am

      Bowman,

      Thank you!

  • JasonNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 6:43 pm

    Woo hoo! Congratulations. Piss off to the people who doubted you. You have worked hard and deserve this new chapter in your life. Good luck.

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 8, 2016, 11:57 am

      Jason,

      Thanks for the support! We can’t let the haters win, so we just gotta keep at it.

      All the best!

  • JPNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 7:10 pm

    Congrats Jay. I am sure your finances will only continue to improve regardless of a paycheck.. Now it’s time for your best work.

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 8, 2016, 11:55 am

      JP,

      Thanks buddy. A million apologizes, I still owe you a podcast which I really need to get to this week!

      All the best!

  • No Nonsense LandlordNo Gravatar March 7, 2016, 8:16 pm

    Good luck in your future ventures! Now it’s time to look forward to maximizing life!

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 8, 2016, 11:54 am

      Thanks Eric!

      Indeed, can’t wait to get started!

  • NoahNo Gravatar March 8, 2016, 11:39 am

    Hey there! Longtime reader, and I wanted to ask a question about your job. I’m looking back through your posts and it looks like you started at Apple in Sept/Oct of 2014, and then took a LOA in early 2015. Were you only there for 2-months? Then essentially took a LOA for over a year?

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 8, 2016, 11:52 am

      Noah,

      Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned. When I first took the new job I was pretty excited but ran into some health issues in early 2015. It was extremely scary, dark times that I don’t want to relive… I had to go on short term leave to try and recover. No, I’ve never been on long-term leave.

      Again, it was unfortunate and not a part of the plan. It might sound shady, but man, you don’t even know how excited I was when I first joined… In 2014, I chose career over health… I’m not willing to make that sacrifice anymore.

  • MaxNo Gravatar March 10, 2016, 1:05 am

    Congrats dude, it’s been a long time coming – well actually relatively short compared to most out there. I’m sure that $200k salary definitely made reaching FIRE a lot easier, but regardless well done.

    Anyways, would love to catch up with you before you get out of dodge.

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 11, 2016, 8:42 pm

      Max,

      Thanks for the support! Yup, would love to get a chance to chat before I head off for overseas.

      I have your email, so I’ll keep you posted.

      All the best!

  • PaulNo Gravatar March 10, 2016, 7:08 pm

    I live in Koh samui, Thailand. I pulled the plug last May aged 35..let me know when you get here, be good to have a beer

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 11, 2016, 9:37 pm

      Paul,

      Sounds good! I’ll keep you updated when I get a chance to visit Thailand.

      Cheers!

  • SabbaticaliaNo Gravatar March 11, 2016, 6:58 am

    Wahoo!! Another one crests the ridge and pauses, ready to plunge down the back slope into free territory! Well done!

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar March 11, 2016, 9:45 pm

      Sabbaticalia,

      Thanks! Freedom is the best!

  • FerdiSNo Gravatar March 14, 2016, 10:29 pm

    WELL DONE! Congratulations and all the best in your newfound freedom. Hope all goes well and it would be great to continue following your journey!

    Cheers
    FerdiS, DivGro

  • StevenNo Gravatar May 15, 2016, 8:12 am

    It makes me happy to read this post even if it’s 2 months later. I’m excited for you my good man!

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