• Brandon late final summer during age 34.
• Up until that point, he’d spent his whole life being
encouraged by money.
• Now that he’s financially independent, income doesn’t
meant what it used to, and he’s struggling with anticipating something
else to motivate him.
At a age of 34, Brandon satisfied he had been encouraged by
income his whole life.
And now, he no longer is.
The program developer and blogger behind a Mad Fientist — who doesn’t use his last
name online for remoteness reasons — had been
formulation and saving for years to retire early.
Living scantily and operative in farming Vermont, he managed to save
and deposit about 70% of his
after-tax income, and saved adequate to leave his pursuit in
open 2014. However, when his employer offering to make his
position remote, he stayed on for a few years some-more than planned,
intermittently roving with his mother Jill until they relocated
full-time to Scotland in May 2015. There, he continued working,
blogging, and saving
until he late final summer.
In a post on a Mad
Fientist, Brandon reflected on his initial full year of being
late — or, some-more accurately, financially independent, not
reliant on a pursuit to compensate his bills and therefore means to pursue
usually a projects and activities he’d like.
He wrote that a “biggest mindset change that occurred after
reaching [financial independence]” was “the fulfilment that
income is no longer motivating.”
“This is utterly a intolerable and worried change for me.
“Money has encouraged my whole adult life until this point.
“I worked tough in high propagandize so that we could get into a good
college since we wanted to be means to get a pursuit that paid a
“I worked tough during my pursuit so that we could get promoted and earn
“I started side businesses in hopes of augmenting my income.
“I chose where to live, where to travel, and what to do, all
formed on how many we could acquire or how many it would cost.
“Now, we have adequate income (and even some-more than we expected) so
it’s not as critical anymore.
“This is a good position to be in yet losing your categorical source
of proclivity is impossibly disorienting.
“Some of a projects we designed to start after withdrawal my job
were business ideas yet now that earning some-more income isn’t as
appealing, we don’t see a point.
“If we stop and consider about how many of your decisions and
skeleton are encouraged by money, I’m certain you’ll find that many of
“I’ve had to reevaluate my whole life and all my skeleton while
concurrently anticipating a new source of motivation.”
Brandon writes that he still hasn’t “fully come to grips with
this yet I’m solemnly removing there.” For instance, he took ads off
his site since he’d never favourite them, yet indispensable them to cover
his site’s handling costs. But he still struggled with giving up
hundreds of dollars a month.
“That onslaught showed me that nonetheless income is reduction critical to
me now, it’s still not incomprehensible so we still have some work to
do,” he wrote. “It’s tough yet since I’m perplexing to undo
decades value of programming and a new mindset seems so
He continued: “Being calm with what we have is good yet you
still need something to motivate you. Otherwise, what is there to
get we out of bed in a morning (especially when that bed is
many some-more comfortable, haha)?”
He’s now operative on nailing down a new source of
proclivity — and it’s an ongoing challenge.
Brandon’s full reflections here »