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.