Whenever I see gobs of hate hit our blog here, I know for a fact it’s been picked up in the media lately and people for some reason feel the need to go out of their way to spread the nastiness…
Such was the case the other week when one of Mr 1500’s posts got picked up by Business Insider and over 200,000+ people viewed it. (In case you’re missing him here btw, I do too! But scroll down to the bottom to see how you can get more of him while he’s on break here ;)).
Here was my favorite comment that trickled down to our blog from it:
You are an idiot! Buying nice cars (and kites) will leave you with little money in a few years. 1.9 million dollars is really not that much money and will not last a lifetime. Your advice is hopeful at best. My advice to you, go back to work and save more money.
I always laugh at these because first of all, you have to assume that anyone leaving comments such as these must be multi-millionaires and thus speak from experience, right? (Hah!) And secondly, how do random people on the internet even know how much your daily expenses are anyways? The key ingredient to financial freedom?
I’m just waiting for someone one day to say “you know what? You are completely right! Let me dust off the resume and get back to work again because my life totally sucks! Thanks for saving me!” Haha…
Here’s the thing: if you’re smart enough to retire early, you’re smart enough to figure out how to live for the rest of your life.
You’ve already done the hardest part! You hit your early retirement number! And we all know damn well that “retirement” really isn’t “retirement” for folks in our community anyways… What blogger, or early retiree, do you know who just lays around all day wasting away their lives?
(Answer: no one)
If you’ve figured out how to get – and keep! – millions of dollars for yourself, and certainly by your 20s/30s/40s, you’ve earned the right to do whatever the $hit you please in life. Whether that’s to keep working for more or just completely change your life.
Plus, a million dollars, or in this case $1.9 Million dollars, is still $1.9 MILLION FREAKIN’ DOLLARS! Maybe *you* can’t live off that much, Mr. Hater Pants , but you ask anyone off the streets if they think $2 Mil is a lot of money and I guarantee you’ll get more Hell Yes’s than you would No’s.
I’m so confident, in fact, that I’ll gladly give you MY $0.6 Million dollars if I’m wrong ;)
So sure, the future is never known and the money may or may not last for your entire lives because of health insurance and the stock bubble and yada yada yada, but if you’ve managed to stack a couple of million in your lifetime already, I guarantee you’ll be just fine later regardless of whether your plan works out perfectly or not.
And btw – this applies to anyone who has saved $10,000 or $100,000 or whatever too. Not on the retirement side, of course (def. no way to live off that ;)) but you should certainly be PROUD of how far you’ve come and know that you’re well on your way to financial freedom yourselves if you keep going strong. No matter what the outside world tells you. And we all know the first $100,000 is the hardest anyways, so once you cross that barrier things just get turbocharged!
Here’s another gem we received on the blog lately about our friends who retired off a million dollars and started traveling the world at 30 years old:
Amazing how a posting like this gets encouragement from complete strangers thinking their accomplishment is cool, lets see how they help when sh. hits the fan if they still post their problems, wake up people, it’s the journey, not the finish line.
Grammar aside, I find it hilarious that he/she? mentions the “journey,” considering these guys are literally journeying around enjoying life and *not* chasing the “finish line” haha… And again – these guys have literally saved over a MILLION dollars! Why not see if you can live off it for the rest of your lives? If it doesn’t work out you go back and get a job or do whatever it takes, right?
If you’re smart enough to hit your FIRE number, you’re smart enough to manage the ups and downs of life. I think I’ll just copy and paste that forever and ever in response to all the future haters here, haha…
Point is – our community will, and always has, stood for positivity and *encouragement* on this blog here.
You’re free to voice any concern and opinion as you’d like, but I hope you know it’s a judgement-free and safe zone here, and that we’ll never go out of our way to tear you down or anything.
Whenever you see randos stirring up trouble here, you’ll know exactly where they came from – the outside world ;)
And speaking of community, if you’re gonna be in the Dallas, TX area next Friday, October 27th, make sure to come out and meet me and hundreds of your other favorite $$$ bloggers too!
Our financial blogging conference (FinCon) is opening up a half day for the public to come out and get their money on, and there will be tons of great speakers and fun going down for anyone who wants to meet us. David Bach from Automatic Millionaire fame will be there, Farnoosh Torabi will be there, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox will be there, (J. Money will be there!! Did I mention that?), and then special guest – and rapper – Dee-1 will even be there to put on a show for us.
Here’s the No Care Note one – you’ll like it:
So yeah – I hope to see some of you there! Just make sure to look for the ‘hawk so we can meet up :)
To positive journeys,
PS: One last hilarious hater that recently came out – Robert T. Kiyosaki of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” fame! He thought it would be fun to call Mr. 1500 a “loser” the other week, and so of course Mr. 1500 had to blog about it, haha… you can see that article here if you can’t get enough of this stuff. Good times…