Since I’ve started writing on this blog about more than 5 years ago, I remained convinced that my end goal towards financial freedom would be an early retirement from the corporate world. The goal has not really deviate that much from the start, though there are little changes here and there to keep up with times.
I haven’t really bushed around about keeping my early retirement dream a secret. I think it’s a realistic goal that I can and would want to achieve and I am striving as hard as anyone out there to make this seemingly “impossible” task possible. I am not particularly worried about letting people know where I stand financially and also in terms of my ideology on how I would prefer to live my life that can be improved than what it is now. It is not a poorly justified life I am living right now, it just can be better.
On the other hand, I don’t have a duty to purposely tell people on my early FI achievement. Once in a while, I do receive a few emails from readers asking me on their directions and I try to help as much as possible. I will surely and do not provide the best advice but if I can somewhat influence their decision to pursue the same dream they have as mine, then I will consider that as pretty good.
For the more casual acquaintances like friends of friends, or colleagues, they don’t really have to know why I am pursuing this seemingly ideal dream of mine. They also do not need to know how I run my household finances and if I were in their shoes, I probably won’t be interested in theirs anyway. As far as whether I will eventually be successful in saying FU to my job, I wouldn’t try to make it a big deal either. I think it’s polite and respect to everyone that for an individual to eventually leave the corporate that they leave on a quieter terms and not make a big hoo-haa about the situation. If I decide to do so, I’d probably just write the incident on this blog to update my situation, but that’s pretty much about it.
As much as I have been pretty open about my writing and some crazy ideology on the social media, my early FI dream remains relatively an anonymity to my families and relatives. First, I’m not in a hurry to talk about this crazy dream of mine to anyone who doesn’t believe it could be done. For the uninitiated, early retirement and financial freedom feels kind of pretty weird stuff. Statistically, the government and media have encouraged people to continue working and portrayed the ideal retirement age to above 67 years old. So if I were to tell to my mom and pops that I am going to retire not working in 5 years time, they are probably going to get stunned for 5 seconds and then thinks that I am crazy. Even until today, my wife didn’t quite believe if this is a viable option and she is worried that the family would eventually ran out of cashflow.
After acquaintances, friends, families, then come bloggers and readers next.
This is probably the closest group of people who are able to share the same sentiments as I am. Some of them have similar goals while others have a slightly different goal but have read on enough things to brainwash the social media impact it has on them previously. We are a hybrid of aspirees and weirdos but to put it into the right context, we are actually termed as financial bloggers. There are more joinees in recent years to this community, so I am taking that as a healthy sign.
So to recap, there isn’t a particular purpose to hide this from anyone from any different branches or groups of people, whether it’s acquaintances, families or bloggers but there will be those who will be your inspirations, friends or partners that will walk in the same path as you. For the rest, they will usually herd through what the social impact has on them and they will make that statistic higher each time.
What about you? Do you conceal your FI dream or does the people around you knows about it?