Today we interview David Sawyer, the first author of EU/UK FI book! We talk with him about life trajectories, investing, reading and of course his book.
We also talk about:
- Reading books
- Rabbit holes and life hacks
- Information and the internet
- Investing strategies
- The importance of the stash
- Investment calculators
Transferring US knowledge to the UK context is something to write a book about
When Dave left his job and started his own company, it was the beginning of a five-year journey through “a thousand rabbit holes” in search of financial independence. After realizing that no one around him was into the same things, he decided to write a book that applied US concepts to the UK. His book does not talk about 401ks and the rest, but instead about ISAs and European pension plans. Finally something we can relate to!
Exposure to the correct information can be crucial in defining the right life trajectory
We follow Dave’s journey from his primary school years to his beginnings in journalism, where he found himself working 60 hours per week and not doing the progress he was looking for. So he decided to jump ship and start working in PR, which he has done for nearly 20 years. Then, with the shift to digital media he felt the scenario was changing again and by chance came in contact through a LinkedIn post with the FI movement in the US. It radically changed his life and objective. One post can literally change your life!
Financial independence can be a vehicle for a broader life concept
90% of Dave’s book is applicable to anyone living in the US – David simply extends it to the EU too. This is because the approach to FI that he talks about has a much broader reach than strictly investing strategies or early retirement. At the end of the day, the concept of FI is the same everywhere – reaching true financial freedom to finally be able to do what you want.