Interview with Jacob Lund Fisker, Author of “Early Retirement Extreme: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Financial Independence” RPF This show is. Midlifers might retire sooner using “early retirement extreme” strategies. by one of the movement’s leading proponents, Jacob Lund Fisker. Can I Retire Young by Jacob Lund Fisker of Early Retirement Extreme Jacob Lund Fisker was a nuclear astrophysicist who retired at 33 with what he.

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Advertiser partners include American Express, U. This book is not about retirement or financial independence. He suggests that going without food for a day or two is something to be considered.

This is in stark contrast from the mainstream consumerist approach of letting your peers and marketing dictate your baseline lifestyle. The book does not have much to teach to those already living a quiet, frugal life, but it can be a real eye-opener to the consumerist, especially to the consumerist struggling with the persistent feeling that he’s really living a life of “quiet desperation” and that all the shiny gadgets and fancy clothes are but a veil he’s carefully put over the emptiness of it all.

But what do we then live life for?

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He can’t stay still and wants to jump around–almost can’t help himself. Save early and aggressively until it hurts and then save more, type of advice. The trippy ideas presented are not meant to be read in the usual straightforward manner. Finding a place to live Day 2: Here’s more than a hundred online journals from people, who extdeme following the ERE strategy tailored to their particular situation age, children, location, education, goals, What if someone never had the chance to go to college?


But sorting through the best offers can be tricky. Apr 17, Anca rated it it was amazing. Jacob Lund Fisker’s Early Retirement Extreme is a convoluted, disorganized, melting pot of pseudo-philosophical ideas.

Two books in fsiker. None these concepts are very new or Earth-shattering — many college students apply a number of these methods to save money. The book was initially written for people in their 20s and 30s, but its ideas aren’t limited to early retirees. Jacob pushes the math to its logical conclusion.

Whether searching the offerings at an estate sale or combing through the aisles of a thrift store, society is obsessed with the idea of For me, the most enjoyable thing about this book was that it offered quite a different take on the w This is another blog I came across that has morphed into a book.

Connecting your stuff with your neighbors Day I borrowed this from the library, but this is a book meant to be owned and referred back to periodically. Many adults act as if moving is not particularly enjoyable.

When you have the time, please read this one! His concept of the Renaissance Man is mildly intriguing, if it weren’t for the fact that the entire book reads as the ramblings of someone trying to be the next Joseph Campbell.

This wasn’t an “I’ll spend a year hiking the Pacific Crest and then get a job in a different field” retirement; he actually has all of the money he’ll ever need to sustain himself in his current lifestyle. Fisker’s assumption is that early retirement frees up people to do more worthwhile things than being a 30 year wage slave working for hours a week.

A priori reasoning would suggest that not having any job related stress at the chronic low level that leads to increased blood pressure and bad habits like sugary drinks insulin havocwhich comes with many jobs, perhaps especially careers, would increase life span. I’ve also written a chapter in a book about peak oil, some creative stories for an ezine, and about 30 papers in academic journals mostly concern I’m a recovering physicist currently working as a quant.


His somewhat scientific approach to the frugal lifestyle was unnecessarily complicated and for the most part failed to resonate with me. Maybe he is quite keen on having that Mercedes after all.

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As the book goes on, the author focuses more and more about being a Renaissance Man, which is the term he uses for the enlightened folk who live like he does. Don’t get me wrong–I realize that there aren’t too many role models out there for those of us seeking to attain the elusive dream of “Financial Independence”. All we know is that if we press this or that button, things magically happen. Rather, he asks some very fundamental questions about the nature of work, advocating that people become “renaissance men” capable of doing many things rather than buying gadgets or paying people to do stuff.

Investing Investing as a Student: Early Retirement Extreme — a combination of simple living, anticonsumerism, DIY ethics, self-reliance, resilience, and applied capitalism. Open Preview See a Problem? It was refreshing to hear some radical ideas, and I admire his determination to save, but I have to admit, the lifestyle isn’t for me.

Decluttering and managing stuff Day 3: His philosophy is very radical in that it completely discards all the trappings of success that most people work towards in life: Now admittedly, this setup works for one person only.