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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
  • By: David Sawyer
  • Narrated by: David Sawyer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Categories: Money & Finance, Personal Finance
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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Summary

Are you happy? Is there more to life than this? What if there is another way? What if that way doesn’t involve jacking in your job, leaving your partner, having a midlife crisis, or uprooting your existence? What if that way just involves small actions, taken every day? With no more effort than you now spend tending your social media flock, super-glued to a screen.

Best of all, what if that way costs you little? In fact, what if that way saves you a ton of money and lets you retire a few years earlier?

What if someone said that by following this way, you'll get:

  • An idea of what you were put on this earth to do.
  • Increased happiness, purpose, and meaning.
  • A practical plan to future-proof your career.
  • A way to declutter your life, so you’re able to see and think clearly again.
  • A fully costed route to financial independence.
  • A system to manage your finances.
  • An investing plan that will explain how you can get your F. U. Money.

David Sawyer is not a guru. He's just a middle-aged, married-with-two-children, Glasgow public relations guy who woke up one day and decided to change things. Six years later, the result is Reset that will wipe the windscreen of life so you can see clearly again.

It's a page-turner (part story, part practical guide), which draws on the experiences and research of academics, philosophers, Nobel prize-winners, actors, Olympic athletes, self-help authors, investors, and personal finance experts.

If you reset, within a year, you will have transformed your future. It's never too late. You are the master of fate. You are the captain of your soul.

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Critic reviews

“Hidden in plain sight within the 300 or so pages of Reset is an elegant synthesis of the latest thinking in financial independence, lifestyle design, and age-old philosophical wisdom - cunningly disguised as a breezy pep talk from your witty mate down the pub. In a world that's forever racing past us on a screen, it's a reminder of the potentially life-changing power of a book.” (Monevator)

"I don't say this lightly: This is one of my top, if not my very top, financial independence books that I've ever read. I absolutely loved it. I feel like it's the book if I had the guts to write my own book, that I would have written this.” (Brad Barrett, co-host, ChooseFI)

“Sawyer’s Reset shows us how to achieve material wealth. It emphasizes discipline, sacrifice, and hard work…” (William D. Danko, co-author, The Millionaire Next Door)

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Who is this book for?

Disclaimer, I returned this book an hour in.

This book seems to be aimed at people in high ranking jobs. I’m just an ordinary Joe working in health care. It starts off with all these wild promises along the lines of “with great power comes great responsibility” (as in what you will learn here is so amazing) but in reality it’s just waffle.

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An excellent UK-focused FIRE overview

As an early adopter of mustachism, there wasn't too much new here for me... but if you're over 30, UK-based and have no idea what the hell a mustache has got to do with money, then you *badly* need to listen to this book. David's friendly, genial voice and writing style makes this one of the most painless ways to learn about personal finance I have yet encountered. (The "La's" conceit doesn't quite work in audio, I was wondering if the band had re-formed for a good 20 minutes... but don't worry about that.)

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Preferred the Kindle version

Full disclosure I won a copy of the audiobook from the author. That said, I had previously read the Kindle book (and gave it a 5 star review) and it was from connecting with the other from reading that book that I spotted the competition for the audiobook.

So why did I prefer the Kindle version? Firstly, the book itself has a very chatty style and David's delivery is also chatty. The combined resort is a book that's a very easy to listen to but also very easy to let wash over you without concentrating on. I therefore preferred the more involved Kindle version, but that could just be me and audiobooks.

It became more of an issue around the investing section. This has some really useful suggestions on portfolios, but they're very hard to follow compared to seeing them written out in the book.

Mainly though, it's something that was missing - links. The book is full of useful links to other resources mentioned within it, making it really useful for further reading. They're missing in the audiobook, which is a shame. Would perhaps be useful if they were put on a website, although you then wouldn't know what they linked to.

So it's still on my very recommended reading list, but I'll point people towards the Kindle version

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Great book especially if you are from the uk

Great to listen to a FIRE book which is UK based.
The narrator is great and is easy to listen to.
Will definitely drop back into this book again every few months to keep me on the right track.

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An in depth insight into the UK FIRE

Unlike other FIRE books I have read, David goes into other details not just in the what to do with your money every month but on how to get more, save more and become a better person in yourself by doing it. It's not a wishy washy 'If you believe it will happen, it will happen' type of book but it does contain ideas for how to make better life decisions.
At times it could have been shorter than it needed to be, but if that's it's only negative then that's still a great book in my eyes.
I have already implemented a lot of the steps advised and I look forward to one day sharing a photo to David with my glass of wine in one hand with me and my wife in our dream location in 16 (No pressure) years time, thank you David.
Luke

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Good work!

Great intro to why you should be interested in Financial Independence for UK based folks! highly recommend.

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Excellent money and career book

A fantastic overview and translation of the financial independence movement for the U.K. market. Very well researched, with lots of additional content on career, happiness, and decluttering your life. Well worth a listen, especially if you don’t know what an isa is, and you don’t know how to invest - this will lay out a clear and easy path to build a serious amount of money with minimum effort

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Great guidance

Great book. I put guidance into practice and started investing. I made £300 in my first week. More than paid for the book

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Excellent book on changing for the better

Reset has been instrumental in my changing my life for the better in line my desire for FIRE. It has painted a mental picture of what is expected and required for the long journey ahead.
Easy to listen with David’s sense of humour shining through. Well done Mr Sawyer.

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A must read, the complete Fire movement for the UK

Amazing advice for anyone trying to reach Financial independence. A must read. This summaries all other F.I.R.E books out there, giving you the complete step by step blueprint to obtain Financial and Personal success. Funny, informative and just Great.

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  • A. Shannon
  • 19-02-20

Inspiring and motivating

I was lucky to win this book in a competition. If I hand't won it I would have gladly bought it. It's narrated by the author and listening to Dave is like listening to a good friend. Dave gives a step by step detailed plan on how to get off the hamster wheel and RESET your life. While driving on my daily commutes to my 9-5 job I enjoyed learning about how Dave RESET his own life. He dives deep into the transformative ideas of financial independence, decluttering, budgeting, and the interconnectedness of these with "digital". This book is filled with "take action" lists and inspiring quotes to motivate midlife careerists like me to get off the hamster wheel and get started with a plan to transform your life. It's great for those just starting out on a reset journey because he gets into very specific details, like in the investing chapter for example. But it's also great for those who are in the midst of a reset journey like myself because it's like having a cheerleader confirming you are on the right path and telling you "go on! keep it up! stay focused!" For me it was the perfect book to kick off the new year.



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  • Mike Walker
  • 14-10-19

Great story for someone looking to move forward

very enjoyable story in easy to follow process on how to improve your life. Content is rich and varied and well referenced to many other interesting topics. Highly recommended.

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  • Michael Pozdnev
  • 31-08-19

This is a new way of living life

Times change. Many continue to live like 20 or 50 years ago — the standard way. Education, retirement, etc. David offers a new path that fits our time. Humor and details are the basis of this wonderful book.

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  • Quanesha
  • 22-08-19

Bad

I tried to listen to this book but I couldn't move past some chapters.

Save your credits for a better book.

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