The genesis of this article came from this idea that Financial Independence will lead to a drastic overhaul of friends. The literature on FIRE focuses on attaining FIRE and little has been said about what FIRE actually does to friendships. To confirm this, I went to a Telegram group of FIRE aspirants and asked them what impact did FIRE have on their friendships. The usual answer I got was ” I hope to find out. ” Without any specific data-points, I can only guess by piecing together my own personal experience and what I think logically follows the different stages of financial independence. I doubt that my attempts to answer this question would be as accurate compared to the input from a community of folks who have attained Financial Independence. To answer this question, we have to assume that we start out as normal people with a circle of friends

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