Thanks for stopping by! By being here, it must mean that you are curious about who I am and why I am blogging about financial independence (and early retirement, although I’ll still be working once I achieve financial independence). I’ll try to keep it short and sweet, but if you want to know more, please always feel free to contact me directly.
Who am I?
My name is Carl (it actually isn’t, but I can’t reveal my true identity – yet). I am
26 27 28 years old (this is true though). The picture on the left is me looking at some mountains.
I live a normal life in Copenhagen, Denmark with a great
girlfriend wife. “Normal life” in the sense that I am very privileged to be living a free and safe life (as many people in developed countries are, but few people globally are), have a job and be healthy. Being from Denmark, I even enjoy free healthcare and education. Free?! I know it sounds crazy, but in theory it actually isn’t free – it comes at a cost of a 50-60% effective tax rate on all my income.
I work as a management consultant in an international consulting company, thus I get to work a lot of hours during the week (too many, my wife and I would argue). However, through my work I have become quite skilled at solving complex problems and making strategies for Fortune 500 companies. These skills are sometimes useful for this blog and FIRE in general.
Is this leading anywhere? Yes, read on!
Why blog about financial freedom and early retirement?
There’s one overarching reason why I am obsessed with the topic of financial independence:
I want to spend all of my time with people I love, doing things that really matter
That’s it! That is my goal – simple as that. No grand plan of becoming a gazillionaire and live a Dan Bilzerian lifestyle.
I want to spend all of my time with people who I love. This is friends and family. But it is definitely also some of my current colleagues.
I want to do things that really matters. Sure, I get to work on cool problems for large global corporations through my work, but does it really always matter? And who does it matter to? I want to do things that really matters to me. Some of the work I do as a consultant truly matters, and something matters less – that is also why I will not stop working when I reach financial independence. I just want more flexibility to choose when and what I want to work on instead. It could still be in consulting though, because I really like what I am doing, for example as a freelancer.
Things like doing charity, building a house from scratch, seeing my future kids grow up and being a ‘super dad’, loving my
girlfriend wife and being attentive husband, and being a good friend that is always there in times of need. This is to some degree possible while having a job, but I am quite certain it becomes exponentially better and less stressful without a full-time, all year round job.
I will actually go as far as saying that I genuinely believe this should be the goal of every single human being on the planet. And I believe it can be achieved by anyone living in a developed country (almost anyone).
I still haven’t answered the question about why I had to make a blog about the topic, have I? People like lists, so let me give you a list with three concrete answers:
- I want to keep myself in check and focused on my goal by making me accountable to the readers of the blog
- I want to help others achieve financial independence and early retirement – and live a better and happier life
- I hope that all the knowledge that will be accumulated on the blog can be used to generate alternative income sources in the future
If you are interested in following my journey until now and in the future, please check out my monthly financial independence journey updates or sign up for my newsletter to the right.
If you are new to FIRE, I know that you might have a lot of other questions by now. I have tried answering most of the questions in the Frequently Asked Questions section, but you don’t have to check there, feel free to reach out to me directly as well.