I’m Gisela and I’m from Germany. Last year at a meetup in Budapest I met some financially free people and I was fascinated by how down to earth they were. They intrigued me and I wanted to learn more about them.

On my blog I write about how women can make the most of their finances, but I didn’t think that was the right place to present what I learned. So I decided to write a book instead. I set out to find and talk to people who are financially free. I wanted to ask them how they managed it, how they live now, how they relate to the rest of society and what their goals are now.

I ended up conducting 11 interviews altogether with very different people. People who own real estate or stocks, people who’ve moved abroad, and families with children. Their stories were all different, and it was fascinating to talk to these people.

Comments from My Readers

Mr. and Mrs. W. on their blog What Life Could Be:The book starts off with a very well-explained introduction to the whole concept of FI. It sets out all the basics from what FI means to why anyone would ever want to become FI. Gisela also considers what happens after FI and examines really important points like alternative ways of deriving your sense of self-worth and reflecting on how you can use your time in the best way possible to not only get the most out of your financially free life, but also how you can best give back to society so as not to waste your knowledge and talents once you’re no longer part of the rat race. These are things we’ve discussed often on this blog and they are absolutely central to happiness after FI.”

Zso on Amazon:The author found a good mix of interesting people that already reached the holy grail of financial independence/early retirement and some other folks that are on the way.
If you don’t want to work until you’re old and you’re looking at strategies to reduce the number of years you are dependent of an employer, it’s quite interesting to read about people who actually did it.
The book gives you insight into many different ways people reached financial freedom by actually interviewing these people rather than talking about theoretical stuff.
It’s interesting to see what these people do now that they don’t need to work. Do they sit on a beach and drink cocktails every day? Do they choose to still work for money? What are their goals?
The people interviewed in this book can’t be more different, yet they reached the same goal mostly in different ways.
Enjoy the read! Very inspiring!”