You know the scene where somebody accidentally stumbles into a rowdy saloon and everyone suddenly goes quiet and stares? That’s what I feel like while writing this post. Except that I can already tell you seem like a nicer group than the typical saloon-goers, so I should probably just relax a bit.
I’m a 37-year old ex-airline pilot who just launched a blog called The Golden Goose Guide. I decided to make an abrupt career change at the age of 30 because while being an airline captain was perfect for a young single guy, it turned out to be disastrous for a young engaged guy and my life was evaporating into the job. I had been reading a lot of books (including finance) since I started trading in college and began calculating how much time I spent doing things that make me happy as an airline pilot. As it turns out, it was only about 15% of my life that I was getting to enjoy. That broke me out of my trance and I started working toward a new degree and career. Now, I have what we pilots used to called a ‘normal job’ working for a pension fund, and it feels like the percentage of ‘enjoyable time’ is much higher.
Despite this developing life philosophy, I didn’t discover FIRE until a friend at work referred me to Mr. Money Mustache. At the time I was obsessed with reading only books, but his blog opened me up to the realization that some very innovative, thoughtful people are only available online. By this time, I was working in fintech and was doing this technology fasting thing where I didn’t want to look at a computer screen after all day doing nothing but the same.
As you can tell, I eventually found a decent balance and decided to start a blog to help others find their way in the financial world, to the right career, with a good healthy balance. It’s been fun to build a website and create a logo with my own hands. My employer gets all the benefit of my working life, but this is something where others can benefit on the outside. You guys are going to get me all choked up.
I’m six years away from FIRE if I can keep up with my current pace and I can’t even explain the joy of knowing that’s on the horizon. I also have this dream of living and working in another country and I think that will probably happen within a year. I’ll keep you all posted when the master plan comes through.
I look forward to meeting you all.