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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.
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 ›
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 ›
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This book is fantastic. While corporate America is busy figuring out ways to get the "sheeples" to shut up and work everyday, the rest of us are free and living life to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeremy
This is a really great book about the process of getting out of the consumerist mindset and into a more independent mindset of self-sustaining and lifestyle design for reducing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sun Voyage Music
A good book. Lots of math. Lots of philosophy. This author is idealistic, a perfectionist, and easy to read. I learned a lot from this book.Published 1 month ago by bardavidson
I have never felt compelled to write a negative review or seek a refund for a kindle purchase, but in the case of this book I am doing both. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JM
Very useful book with lots of important messages to think about it. Lucky me that I already follow some of them! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Henrique Cintra Ribeiro
Interesting book. It really is an extreme philosophy which wouldn't work for me.Published 2 months ago by Dr. J
I find it difficult to believe that most of the positive reviews are legitimate. If so, then good for the author, I suppose. There's a sucker born every minute. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hackworth
I loved it, small changes make a huge difference in your budget, and your lifestyle. While not fully into this life style, I have taken elements and improved my situation already,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer