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Reset: How to Restart Your Life and Get F.U. Money: The Unconventional Early Retirement Plan for Midlife Careerists Who Want to Be Happy

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  402 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Are you happy? Is there more to life than this? What if there is another way?
Paperback, 374 pages
Published August 18th 2018 by Zude PR Ltd
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Jonathan Harris
A fairly short, well written little self help guide both recent and UK-based.

However one I found of very little actionable use in my own life.

The financial section the author seems to build up to with some glee was the closest to interesting in a novel way, but not being in the position to have either a) a £100K 'stash' or b) the mental disarray to somehow spend £600 a month on frivolity, this still felt quite useless in my case.
The details on 'FIRE' and just precisely how to invest were the mos
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good summary of FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) approaches with a UK angle combined with a sprinkling of Minimalism.
Rosie Amber
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Reset: How To Restart Your Life And Get F.U. Money is an advice book, as the title suggests - David Sawyer’s early retirement plan for mid-life careerists. Based on his own experiences, Sawyer offers a mix of popular self-help strategies and his own financial advice schemes. For full review see here ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I think that ‘money freedom’ ideas go in trends - a few years ago it was how to play the stockmarket, then how to be a landlord, and now it's how to (basically) live frugally while saving into passive investment funds, with a defined goal to aim for (reach £x by age of y, and retire on an annual income of £z). David Sawyer’s book is all about this, and also how to re-define who you are and what you do, resetting your life. It’s full of good advice, and serves as a review of lots of other books a ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Location 256 What if that way just involved small actions, taken every day, compounded over time?
Location 361 You may not have this mythical willpower: no one does. But you are capable of taking small actions, which, over time, become routines and get stuff done.
Location 405 As Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics, said: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle
Ashley Lindsay
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book as I was looking for a UK “translation” of the American financial terms for pensions ISAs etc found in the many US blogs and books relating to the FIRE ( Financial Freedom Retire Early ) movement.

What I got was so much more , akin to Tim Ferriss’ The 4 Hour Work Week providing an end to end guide not just on the mechanics and demystification of the stock markets and index funds ( which will allow you to retire far sooner than you could imagine ) , but how to reset every aspect
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The subtitle of this self-help book does a pretty good job of defining the audience it's aimed at, so I shouldn't have been surprised that it wasn't entirely aimed at me. It's very much the author writing for people just like himself a few years back: a "midlife" (40s or 50s perhaps, although perhaps someone in his 30s) middle-management male with a family to support, in a corporate job, burdened with all the trappings of the "good life" such as a big house with a mortgage attached, cars, expens ...more
Martin A.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book because it provides loads of sensible, practical and well researched advice that can be adapted to you own circumstances. Use it as a checklist to establish where you are and what still needs to be done. It won’t be a quick fix. The author makes clear that you have to work at it consistently over the long term and take responsibility for your own direction based on who you are and what you want. Also being towards the top end of the age range the key message for me was it’s ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A good self-help book for those stuck in mid-life obscurity (work and personal) with no plan to become happy/happier with their lives.

Easy to read, this is a curation of interesting facts, with lots of pointers to useful links for further reading. It is a good introduction to FIRE, providing guidance to sort out your finances, including pensions, savings and other investments. There's also an interesting section on how to declutter your mind and your home.

Not all of the suggestions will be usefu
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
An insightful book in managing life over all for persons in forties.
Alexander Sikorsky
This book exceeded all my expectations

This book is so much valuable information, works as a guide to pretty much manual instruction change in your life. It has proper holistic approach to main issues in life and tackles more than just finance. Additional information and resources referring to create a deep pool of information and data being to get more knowledge from. I left it on my table to read, re-read and follow.
Cynthia James
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Useful, shall return to this

This is a useful book for me, one that I shall return to at one point. Lots of good advice.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this a few times now and each time I pick up something different. However the gist is be frugal now, save as much as you can into the stock market and pensions and live a long and happy retirement. Not sure if the information will go out of date in terms of the companies that he is talking about, but I am sure there could be an update at some point.
Michael Pozdnev
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book will become your guide to a better and more fulfilling life.

If you are looking for answers to vital questions, then this is the book for you. But I warn you: You must be a good person! Otherwise, go away!

"There is no such thing as willpower or superheroes. Just action and inaction. You are capable of taking small actions, which, over time, become routines and get stuff done."

I was lucky enough to get to know the author three years ago. And I was one of the happiest beta readers who rec
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was exactly what I was looking for - not just a UK translation of FIRE but a much more rounded and actionable take on various important life topics.

Down to earth and one that really resonated strongly with me.
Phil Szomszor
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve bought four copies of this for myself and other people - I don’t think I’ve done that with a book before.

It’s ideal for midlifers who are at the “what next?” or “is this it?” part of their lives.

The two best parts of the book are the first chapters on getting your focus and the budgeting and investment parts, which - although credited thinking from others - is very well explained.

Finally, though a minor point, it’s nice to read this kind of book with a British frame of reference. This area
Sandy Morley
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
There's a big chunk in the middle that passed me by, (probably because I'm not yet a midlife careerist,) and a structure I'm not sold on, but there's also a lot of value and sound advice in here.

I want to read this again in ten years, and again ten years after that. I think by that point I'll get a lot more out of it.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book
Mike Harris
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found David Sawyer when he appeared on Pete Matthew's Meaningful Money podcast. His story and book intrigued me so I bought it on Kindle and Audiobook to read while holidaying.
A very good read if you are a follower of the FIRE movement and plan on retiring before 60. A lot of good advice on saving, investing and general advice on good financial hi-gene
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a strange mix of oddly specific advice, aimed at the "midlife careerist" who earns decently but doesn't take care of their finances, and solid but generic self-help. Much of the material on investing and lifestyle is just as relevant to younger people like myself, although being already quite familiar with financial independence writing, budgeting, and typical "millennial" topics like minimalism and avoiding lifestyle inflation there wasn't much new to me. The section on starting a ...more
Alex Graham
The author comes across as likeable and has some good tips throughout the book. Yet, it just reads like a series of informal blog posts spliced together into a book.

My main issues surround the structure and financial advice elements. Regarding the former, chapters are full of rambling waffle and the advice given is more just personal anecdotes - over concrete steps that the initiated can take. Many who read this are likely to be very new to the idea of “going it on your own” and would probably e
Dan Coman
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
It's...okay. If the concept of FIRE is new to you, I could see this being useful. If it's not, it will be equal parts rehashing things you've already read and making bold claims about things you've likely little control over. I quickly realised I wasn't the target audience, and so I found it a bit dull and difficult to get through.

There's an irony in there being lots of advice about innovating and being different from the crowd, and yet the advice being the same as you get from any FIRE blog - c
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: awful
Are you middle aged, middle class, with no retirement plan or clue generally about how to run your life? Then this book has collated the information you need. Essentially, get on LinkedIn, konmari your 4 bedroom house, and start shopping at Lidl so you can free up a grand of disposable income a month and start investing it. The UK investment guide is quite detailed.

Personally I found this book a bit frustrating as I am already quite frugal, and a lot of it was just recommending other people's bo
Shaun Steinberg
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best U.K. financial independence book!

Fantastic U.K. focused financial independence book packed full of useful information.

This book contains all the hints and tips you need to set you off on your FI journey including decluttering, saving, and investing.

I would recommend this to any in the U.K. WITH AN INTEREST IN financial independence but who aren’t too sure where to start. By the 50% mark in this book I had already fixed my budget, began paying down my cards and started looking in to investme
Harjeet Heer
Jul 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t even know where to begin

This book includes financial advice even though the author is not qualified or regulated. We are not talking about ‘save more’ type of advice but lists of funds you should invest in. How to move final salary pensions even if the adviser tells you not to.

Whilst he covers his own **** by saying he isn’t an adviser he then goes on to make recommendations.

Can’t believe stuff like this is written. As a financial adviser who is qualified to talk about these things I rec
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Started out well, I thought this was a UK take on the FIRE (financial independence retire early) movement. However, it read as a rather unfocussed series of lists; a bit on wellbeing, a bit on efficiency, a bit on career adaption, a bit on minimalism and a bit on investing. I read the book just wishing the author would focus and dig deeply into one thing.
Lisa Van Gemert
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: personal-finance
If you're British, there's a useful section in the middle. If you're not, it's just a bunch of quotes and other people's ideas. I was really disappointed. The author was likeable, but I felt like it was a compilation of every book he'd ever read, with few if any original ideas other than the section on British finance. I wish I could recommend it, but I can't. ...more
Brendan Gaughan
I really wanted to like RESET, I have been following the FI movement for the last two years, I'm based in Glasgow like the author and after listening to Pete Matthews podcast interview with David I thought that this would be a very relevant book. Unfortunately while there are some good parts to this book (in particular the FI section) the rest of the book is almost completely irrelevant for anyone under the age of 40 and doesn't work in PR/office environment. The book also does not seem to know ...more
Paul Carr
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the shoulders of giants to us professional midlifers

Changing your life requires determination and dedication to a new vision you have, and this guy has all of the above. Beginning with his personal reasons for changing his life and by doing this is changing his family tree.
Starting with a few quotes, David shows why he has 'gone digital'.
One of the most interesting and booking aspects forbid book is his take on financial independence. The FIRE movement, as it is known elsewhere in the Engl
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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David Sawyer FCIPR (45) is a United Nations award-winning PR man and 2:40 marathoner. RESET: How to Restart Your Life and Get F.U. Money is his first book. Sawyer is not a guru. He's a middle-aged family guy who woke up one day wondering "is there another way?" Six years later, the result is RESET – “the unconventional early retirement guide for midlife professionals who want to be happy” – that w


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