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About Mr.FightToFIRE

Who am I? Besides the owner and main author of this blog,  I’m also a 30-year-old Belgian IT professional working for a large European retail bank in Brussels for over 8 years. I work on IT projects of various sizes to develop customer-facing apps to support our clients in requesting banking products such as credit cards, loans, insurances, etc.

For now, I live in Belgium together with my wife in a cozy 40m² apartment. I have traveled around, seen various parts of India and the Americas but will always enjoy being comfy with the misses.

Me looking out towards the Taj Mahal
Me during my visit to the Taj Mahal in January 2018.

About the blog

Fight To FIRE is a Belgian personal finance blog about struggling to find the right path and reach the ultimate goal: Financial Independence/Retire Early (FIRE).

Ever since I started my professional carrier in 2012, I dreamed of becoming financially independent at an early age. But unfortunately, I have yet to achieve Financial Independence and Retire Early.

Forex failure in my 20s

Over many years, I tried different things to reach financial independence. One of them was Forex. Unfortunately, that didn’t yield the desired results. After over six years of trying, I decided to stop and focus on keeping it simple through stocks.

My forex journey left me financially scarred. I needed a place to write down my thoughts and to prevent making the same mistakes in the future. With my IT experience and working in a bank, I kickstarted this blog in September 2018.

FightToFIRE is a place I can call my own. A place where I can put my progress online, progress that I hope can help myself and you, my reader, will reach FIRE on this journey to Financial Independence. It allows me to put my thoughts and (investments) goals in writing, which should help me decide.
The second purpose is to provide a different view on how to achieve FI in Europe. There are already excellent sites available such as Mr. Money Mustache, Think Save Retire or Root of Good.
These blogs give excellent advice on FIRE and how to approach it, but they have an American perspective that doesn’t always apply to me, fellow Belgians, or European FIRE aficionados. For this reason, I hope I can add something meaningful to the Belgian fire movement, just like NoMoreWaffles, Dividend Cake, and many other blogs.

So, there you have it, my story. Even though I haven’t reached it (yet), I wish to become FIRE by 45 at the latest by fighting.

Now that you know where I come from, I invite you to join me and see where we end up.
Don’t hesitate to contact me to help me broaden my horizon on FIRE, provide improvements on how I should write something, or just anything you think can help me.

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