008 – The Firestarter – UK FI Veteran – Living the Ideal Life

3 November 2018

Please welcome a UK FI veteran, The Firestarter, or Andy as he is known today. We talk about money, work and why he now works part-time.  He also shares how he came across FI and how his views have changed over the years.

You can learn more about Andy at his blog TheFirestarter.


UK FI Pod – Season 1 Episode 8.

This is a low budget one-woman show – I am producing one series as a proof of concept. So please let me know what you think.

All feedback and comments are welcome – please drop me an email on hello@ukfipod.space.  Let me know if you want to be interviewed, or you have a question you’d like explored on the podcast.


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  1. Thanks for another good interview!
    Andy said at one point, that many successful people don’t aknowledge that their success has a lot to do with luck. I’ll have a different opinion about that. I think you have to look for you luck. It mostly doesn’t just happen to you. If you keep trying stuff, if you keep building up businesses, chances are high one of them will be successful. I think even Trump (and I’m not a fan at all) is talented. Yes he got a lot of wealth from his parents but he was smart enough to keep it and grow it. Luck had, I think, not much to do with his success

    1. Hey Robert, I think we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one – he was very lucky and privileged in my opinion – he never had the worry of how to find money to eat or put a roof over his head. Moreover, I believe they have calculated that he hasn’t outperformed the index – he has basically worked full time for 50 years and got the same amount of wealth he could have had just investing it.

  2. Well look… he’s done something right hasn’t he, you don’t get to be POTUS without some sort of “talent”. God knows what it is from my perspective though haha.

    But I was talking more about bigger picture luck. As Mr ZiYou alludes to he was pretty damn lucky to be born into that family in the first place wasn’t he? As have I been to be born in the year 1981 in the relatively stable western democracy of the UK, with a great set of parents that brought me up well, and I have been pretty much 100% healthy my whole life to be able to work and go about my daily life unimpeded.

    Yes I do believe that with hard work and looking for opportunities you can make the most of your life from where you started, but it’s definitely right to acknowledge that my starting point and some kid who was born in Zimbabwe or a slum in Rio, ha obviously not got anything to do with skill. That is what I meant by luck when I was talking about it – maybe privilege would have been a better word?


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