The Periodic Table of FIRE! [Interactive]

What are the 118 topics that everyone learning about FIRE should know about? These are the subjects that stand out as the most important from my experience.
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Written by Adam on July 29, 2019.
2 min read. Interactive, Financial Independence, featured. 24 comments.

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When you first learn about financial independence it can be an exciting time. There’s a whole new world of finances, life planning and investing out there that you can take active steps to change your life forever.

But there’s a lot to learn! Within every subject there are dozens are sub-subjects. There are savings and spending. Frugality, thrift, and minimalism. Investing, real estate, and side hustles. Mindset, life planning and goals. Taxes, debt, and capital gains. Emergency funds and health care.

And that’s just to name a few.

There’s a reason that people refer to learning about FIRE as “going down the rabbit hole”. There’s enough to learn that it takes years to understand not just the numbers, but the mindset and future planning involved.

Below is an interactive chart I put together that focuses on some of the must-learn topics involved in financial independence and early retirement. It’s not as complex as the Interactive Guide to Early Retirement and Financial Independence, but it’s a fun way to explore a bunch of topics!

Click on any square to learn more about any topic here. Think of something else that should be added? Let me know in the comments!

Your route to financial independence doesn’t need every item in this chart – not by a long shot. Even within the “investing” category, the vast majority of people won’t need half the subjects in this list.

Likewise, understanding what you want out of life doesn’t fit on a graph. It’s a life-long pursuit without an end.

Finding 118 topics and authoritative links for each was no small task! I linked to Minafi articles when I could, or searched around for articles by authors I read and respect to fill in the gaps. Have you have an article you think belongs on this list for a subject without a link, feel free to drop me a line and let me know.

Credits: This is adapted from the Periodic Table of Elements on CodePen created by Mike Golus.

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Wow, very dorky and very cool – well done!

This is so cool. Great content, but I’m more impressed with the visualization/interactivity that you coded up and built here.

Haha, that was the fun part. It helped that I was able to adapt it from an existing codebase that had the table of elements. Doing that from scratch would’ve been more of a pain.

This is a wonderfully designed, awesome resource.

I nerded out a bit too much seeing this post in my social timeline haha! Really cool idea and I'm sure took a ton of work. Nice job on this, love these interactive tools that pop up in the financial community from time to time, adds some flavor to the PF world (:

Thanks man! I’m a big fan of interactivity too. Some of the most memorable content I’ve ever read was interactive in unique ways. It takes a while, but the payoff is big when you get it right.

It’s also fun to switch it up from writing and code for a bit. 😊

Man this is super cool! Awesome.

Very cool! This speaks to my inner nerd on multiple levels.

Haha thanks. Nothing like crossing a few nerd-doms.

Okay this is stupid nerdy fun and I love it. And it may need to be a shirt.

Haha, that’d be a lot on a shirt. People around would find something new every time they turned around though!

Wow what a great resource. Hats off to you.

This must have taken a while to complete, well done!

Matt

Thanks! It took about a little over a week from idea to publication, but it’s an idea that’s been in my head for a few years. I could honestly just spend all my time creating arbitrary (but fun) visualizations like this haha

Wow this is impressive stuff, such a great creative idea. Well done!

Awesome resource, dude. And I agree that we need a T-shirt of this made!

Thanks for including one of my articles in your periodic table :) Such a great resource!!

Wow, this is about ten times more creative than your average roundup. I'm sure nerds everywhere will appreciate it. 🤓 Great work!

This is amazing Adam!! Love how visual and interactive is.

Wow! First time reader here. I am very very impressed. Thank you for your effort!

MillionaireBefore50

MillionaireBefore50

August 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM | Reply

I almost flunked my chemistry class in HS so this brings bad memories 🙂

But, wow… Very nicely done.

Amazingly done Adam. This is a great idea and you really crushed it with the implementation.

This is the coolest thing ever!