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One of the frequently discussed aspects of achieving FIRE is how to get there monetarily. As far as I can tell, there are several major methods used:

1. Real Estate: Investing in property that generates cash flow.
2. Index Investing: Vanguard vanguard vanguard
3. Actively managed investing: People who pick their own stocks/MF's

Many people do some combination of the three and there are other methods I am sure. These are the big three, though. What I think will lead to the earliest success at FI is 1 & 3. I also think they are the most common. When it comes down to it, people who intelligently practice both methods will achieve index beating returns in the long run, IMHO.

Both real estate and active investing give you the opportunity to apply time, experience, and education to improve your return. I guess the question becomes is it worth your time to choose one of these methods rather than 2? Well, obviously it is if you enjoy it.

What about diverting time away from your day job? Will it pay off in the long run to spend 5 more hours per week managing your RE or Stock investments rather than working your 9-5? I think it will once you establish some savings to leverage towards the cause.

What do you all think? How do you invest your money? How do you plan on financing your FIRE?

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