5. Choosing work for income vs enjoyment

Aussie FIRE | Financial Independence Retire Early

02-02-2024 • 42 mins

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One of the greatest joys of FIRE are these two hyphenated words: “work-optional”. The freedom to choose whether to work, and what to work on, is a key motivator for many FIRE-seekers. In the meantime, though, there’s little that’s work-optional about the journey towards FIRE. For anyone who aims to reach Financial Independence, paid employment is a fairly non-negotiable part of the process.

This begs the question: if we need to work, should we strive to maximise our income to shorten the time to FIRE? Or should we aim to find a job we love and enjoy the journey – even if it means earning less?

In this episode, Dave (Strong Money Australia) and Hayden (co-founder of Pearler) dive into this very topic. As part of their discussion, they share the potential pros and cons of each, and weigh in with their preferences. They also explore other approaches, so listeners aren’t only confronted with a binary choice. If you’re looking to answer questions about work, this episode will work for you.

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