Book Review: "Early Retirement Extreme"

What's my rating for "Early Retirement Extreme"?

I gave the book a 4 out of 5 Rockstar rating.

There are no such things as needs and wants…Needs and wants are different in degree, not in kind.
— Jacob Lund Fisker, "Early Retirement Extreme" ,p. 97.

Jacob is the real deal. He doesn’t tout himself as an expert, just as someone who has a thesis to share that he thinks might be of value to others. He’s an ordinary guy (with a Ph.D. in physics) who stumbled upon the pursuit of an extremely early retirement in the most simple way possible: by questioning the logic of the status quo. His thought process makes me think I’d greatly appreciate the opportunity to have a conversation with him someday.

How did he manage to achieve an extreme version of early retirement? After working for five years, saving 75% of his income while gainfully employed, he unhitched his wagon (or in his case, his RV) from the working world and hasn’t looked back.

In this book, he shares how he woke up to the idea of early retirement, how he executed his plan and how he manages his life on the equivalent of what a typical middle class family pays in yearly mortgage interest.

Think you need to work until you’re in your fifth, sixth or even seventh decade of life? Think you need to get into debt to live a happy and successful life? Think you know what you really need to be happy and healthy? This book challenges each one of these and other conventional beliefs, as has the blog by the same name for some time now:

It does so by putting a spotlight on our need:

  1. For continuous physical and mental challenge
  2. To better understand what we truly value
  3. To reevaluate what we say we “need”

To find out more about the book and my thoughts about it, read my full review here.

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