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> My plan now is just to save aggressively until 40 or so, then either lean FIRE...

This is the real answer to preventing burnout: focusing on getting to financial independence starting from the very first day you start your career. There is nothing more liberating and comforting than knowing you don't have to stay at your job one moment longer than you feel like it.

Granted, it's not an option for everyone because of their life circumstances, but it is for most people in the software industry.




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