The first time I arrived on this forum/blog and see that you can “retire early by putting investement in the stock market even with a normal salary”, I had exactly the same reaction. So are 99% of the people I talk about FIRE. Only a few percentage of the population will take the time to go deep into digging on the complexity of the topic to finally became convince that it’s possible. I am, even if I have no result to show for it yet, but your NW inspire me, for exemple.
About 10 years ago I was into professional online Poker. Once again not gambling, not making millions, but by learning some statistics and plan, being able to have positive return over time as long as you stick to the plan. Exactly like you will when the market is crashing and you keep to your plan to invest in your ETF. You know (as much as possible) that it will be OK on the long run because you trust your plan. I didn’t stick with the poker because it require hours and hours of playtime in front of your computer and I didn’t like it on the long run, but the plan was working. And if you look at the top earners in professional circle, it’s always the same people, using always the same plan. With on or two lucky gamblers appearing from time to time.
So that’s my mindset when considering all those options. I might be wrong about this specific case, or the plan can be harder to find/learn/create that I expect, but I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater juste because of the “but if that would work, everybody would be doing it!” argument.
Once again I’m not talking about the illusion of getting rich overnight. Just to find a way to create another stream of income, even small.
But you’re probably right about the liquidity issue, it might require a consequent amount of first income to not become margin called on the first fluctuation. Hence the months/year to train on paper money first…
Anyway I’m just exploring options