Mr. FireStation isn’t a real life fireman. His nickname isn’t Chief Sparky and he has only had a chance to ride on a fire truck once in his 50 years. You probably guessed those things already, but he does want to note that he has the utmost respect for real firemen and draws inspiration from their preparation & courage (2 things also critical for achieving financial independence & retiring early). 🙂
In fact, Chief Sparky is a Midwestern husband, dad, son and brother who just turned 50 in 2016. With BBA & MBA degrees, he has worked in strategic marketing roles over the last 25+ years for three well-known MegaCorporations. On April Fools Day – just two weeks before his 50th birthday – he reached his life long dream of trading in MegaCorp FIRE drills for FIRE of another kind altogether:
F.I.R.E. = Financially Independent & Retired Early
Mr. FireStation’s quest for FIRE began (with his DW) many years ago. On his first day of work his brother asked him how much vacation he would get. “Two full weeks paid every year” said Sparky proudly. “Oh, so that’s like 1 year off for every 26 years that you work?” said his brother mockingly. Ouch. But, thought Sparky, what if he could stop working completely after 26 years? That would be just shy of 50 years old, since Sparky was just one year out of college. A plan was born.
This website is designed to detail the end of the journey. MrFireStation thought it would be helpful to share the trials & tribulations of the challenge. Specifically the wisdom and planning that have gone into being financially independent & retiring early (by 50). How to make your own FIRE escape.
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