Can I be interested in Financial Independence and Early Retirement and also like my job? If you do enough reading in the FI and ERE blogosphere you’ll quickly notice an understandably common thread: folks working for the “man”; wanting to escape the yoke of oppression that is their every work day.
I feel extremely fortunate that I’m not in that position. I do (what I feel to be) important, engaging work with people I respect and appreciate. I also want to attain financial independence.
What are my reasons for being FI driven while still enjoying my job?
- I never want to be in the position of having to work a job I hate. I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a fear, but a healthy recognition that it is a reality for many, many people.
- Industry changes: I work in the software industry where companies come and go. Right now we’re in a great position, but I’d be crazy to predict our success 10 years into the future.
- Personnel changes: I love my boss. If my boss was to leave I might not like my job as much.
- Future working flexibility: Maybe in several years I’d like to work 1/2 time? Who knows, but having a financial plan that allows it puts my mind at ease.
For me, this is motivation enough.