Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Early Retirement Extreme: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Financial Independence Paperback – September 30, 2010
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
More About the Author
Having pursued a goal of skill-based self-reliance, he has spent less than $7000 per year for the past 15 years while saving the rest of his income and developing the skills to maximize the value of every dollar spent to easily achieve an inconspicuous middle class standard-of-living. This highly unusual behavior of saving money led to financial independence at age 30 and he hasn't needed to work for a living since then.
His main priorities in life are competence, access, and optionality in order to experience the many things in life that can't be bought with money or requires more than two weeks of vacation to experience. This has lead to a rather eclectic set of experiences.
He has lived out of suitcase, out of an RV, and currently lives in a fully paid off house in the outskirts of Chicago. He has a PhD in theoretical physics and he has published over 40 research papers in 10 years of work mostly concerning arcane details about neutron stars, nuclear reactions, and the origin of the elements. He is a self-taught cabinetmaker and has built most of the furniture in his and his wife's home. He was the main trimmer in over 100 yacht races in the San Francisco Bay leading to a couple of top regatta placements. He was also on the winning team as a center forward in the local hockey league four seasons in a row. He has read somewhat over 2000 books as well as a depressingly larger number of inane online comments regarding himself. He wrote the first popular blog on financial independence and extreme early retirement and is often referred to as the grandfather of early retirement blogs despite the fact that people have been doing this for decades before.
He has also been a freelance copy-editor for math and engineering journals, fixed bicycles for a women's shelter, worked as a quant for a financial company, and served two years as a founding member on the board of a nonprofit. He is always open to new experiences especially when they concern the solution of hard problems. Compensation no longer required.
Top Customer Reviews
However, if you think that the American Dream is alive and well, yet albeit not in the traditional sense, then you need to read this book. If you can be focused, patient and disciplined to attain a goal that is within reach of anyone who wants it, then you need to read this book. If you dare to be different, if you enjoy finding an alternative to the mundane same ol', same ol', then you need to read this book.
More specifically, this book is for anyone who is looking for the philosophy of living a different lifestyle, one that frees them from the chains of the typical corporate life.
First, let me explain what you will not learn in this book. You will not learn the next great investment strategy. You will not learn how to flip real estate, how to make millions on the Internet or how to turn a small investment in a penny stock into millions. This book is about so much more than getting rich. In fact, it is not even about getting rich, rather it is about becoming wealthy.
What you will learn is a philosophy for living detached from the economy. You will learn how to provide for yourself by being efficient and sustainable. You will learn how to change your perspective so that you can see how it is possible to live on less while living more.Read more ›
This is simply one of the best books I have ever read. It is a life changer. The book has more than paid for itself. As a society, we tend to spend hundreds or thousands to make ourselves feel better (e.g., shopping sprees, "experience" vacations, expensive hobbies with lots of gadgets and gear) all the while returning back to a steady state of "getting by" after a few weeks. Instead, why not find a better steady state.
Similar topics are covered as in the blog [...] but they are covered much more thoroughly. The book is NOT a simple copy of the blog.
Topics discussed are philosophy of lifestyles and consumer mentality, different philosophies of working, and then onto more practical matters such as transportation, housing, food, exercise, investments. The author also touches on dealing with a spouse that isn't "on board" with the lifestyle and dealing children while trying to live thoughtfully which I found to be very accurate.
This would be an excellent addition to the library of anyone interested in decreasing consumption, retiring early, saving money, and developing wortwhile activities.
I believe that most useful ideals in life boil down to what is often called "bumper stickers." These are usually simple saying that reflect cultural beliefs. Two of my bumper stickers are; "There is no predicting how long it takes for the obvious to become apparent." Also "Gold is where you find it."
ERE is an attempt to make the obvious apparent for those who read it. I think ERE is Gold.
What if an artist, magician, or Harry Houdini wrote a book on how they did what was thought to be impossible for an ordinary person to achieve. ERE is a guide book on how to put together your own life navigation plan, regardless of your age or retirement status. A bit of a Rosetta Stone that translates ones' education, work, training, etc. into a real world plan for living life more efficiently. It is not a list to copy, but a "how to manual" for "how to manuals."
I have been reading the ERE blog for over 2 years. The posts flow in a reasoned, logical manner, with complex theories explained, with examples from everyday life. Math avoiding readers would be comfortable reading this blog and this style of writing was extended to the ERE book. I believe ERE will become a classic over the next several years.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book will change your life, but only if you have the discipline to put in the work.Published 3 days ago by Mike
I emphatically enjoy the subject and philosophy of early retirement.... but wow do I dislike this writers style
Its a very scatterbrained approach to writing... Read more
Fantastic book for those truly committed to Early Retirement Extreme. If you are a fan of Jacob's blog style, you will enjoy this book and get a lot out of it, although it is very... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Scather
Genius. You don't have to work until you're 60. You don't have to have a new car every 3 years. Lots of equations, math, all proving this. This changes everything.Published 1 month ago by trevor
Mr. Fisker's work has changed my point of view. He has helped me to see that I can retire on a lower income, and that it doesn't have to take a long time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jazzykitty
Really interesting and well thought-out philosophy for living independently of the typical consumer and worker rat race. Read morePublished 2 months ago by TWW33
I have reread this book or skimmed my highlights several times in the last two years. So many nuggets of wisdom and inspiration here!Published 2 months ago by Carrie Caldwell
This book had a big impact on me. I was writing One Million in the Bank:How To Make $1,000,000 With Your Own Business, Even If You Have No Money Or Experience, when I ran across... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael L.F. Slavin