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Have you researched early retirement after going paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I was never the type of person that had a life-plan of work until 65 then retire. I always felt that working this long for 8 hours a day (or more) is NOT what I want to do with my life. This thinking went on the backburner until I discovered Paleo. Once I started changing my diet I realized that I have control of my life.

I started researching ways to retire early and after a lot of google searhcing came across earlyretirementextreme.com and mrmoneymustache.com.

These websites gave me the same lightbulb moments that paleo did and made me understand just why we have such a system that encourages debt and endless work slavery.

Have you researched early retirement since going paleo? Most everyone I know agrees that they don't want to work for 40 years but just accepts it as inevitable. It takes a free-thinker to look for a choice beyond the norm and after going paleo and seeing how broken the dietary system is the next step for me was seeing how broken our work/debt system is.

What about you?

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on November 28, 2013
at 04:01 PM

Move to India. Join an Ashram.

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on May 22, 2012
at 04:31 PM

That is something people don't seem to realize. Even if you LOVE doing something it is unlikely you will still love doing it after 40 hours a week for 5-10 years.

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on May 22, 2012
at 02:35 PM

Very true. I guess when I think of my ideal work situation, it involves doing a few different things I enjoy throughout the day, so it wouldn't be the same thing over and over for 8-10 hours. (I can see that as a way to *stop* loving something you once did.) But you're right - financial security is a biggie. I think it's the main roadblock that keeps a lot of people where they are. Takes a LOT of guts to abandon the safety of a steady paycheck.

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on May 22, 2012
at 02:25 PM

We'll agree to disagree. In all honesty I don't think that there is anything I wouldn't mind doing for 40 or more hours a week. And even if there were I don't know how I would be able to find it if I were worried about paying the bills. Keep in mind the the early retirement that is promoted through these websites doesn't mean doing nothing for the rest of your life. It means having the ability to choose exactly what you want to do without worrying about your financial obligations.

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on May 22, 2012
at 02:23 PM

I agree to an extent but I feel like the only way to "do what you love" is to have the financial security to try different things. I don't think humans were meant to do just one thing for the rest of their lives and certainly not for 8-10 hours per day.

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:43 PM

Totally agree, work and consumerism are slavery tools of the Government. Didn't need paleo to teach me this, but the fact that I'm always searching for info in the "local food" "natural health" world has given me this goal of "better things to do besides die at a desk".

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on November 28, 2013
at 07:00 PM

Even before going Paleo, I was in the early retirement camp. This is my fave blog on the topic, written by a guy who recently went Primal, but has been retired since he was 30 (8 years and counting...):

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/

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on November 28, 2013
at 06:20 PM

I certainly looked at possibilities of having a paleo retirement. I estimate it needs at least 1/4 acre of good land, plus a water supply and everything else you need (like strong, electrified fences) to grow food. Another 1/4 acre of land to feed chickens and rabbits would complete the diet. In the area I am considering, there is local olive oil, avocado, and wild pigs. Retirement is 14 years away for me but it is not too early to buy the land, feed the soil (in the end all my nutrients will come from four or five truckloads of wood chips), maybe put up barn owl houses for rodent control, and plant fruit trees.

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on November 28, 2013
at 04:36 PM

My girlfriend is a writer and convinced me to quit my job and move into a small RV full time. Best decision ever.

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on November 28, 2013
at 10:33 AM

Retirement planning, in a financial context, is a planned allocation of monetary savings done with a purpose of managing expenses after retirement. This means setting aside of a part of the current income to obtain a steady flow of cash after retirement. Its goal is to maintain financial independence, so that the need to be gainfully employed becomes optional and not a necessity. It also helps to encourage saving practices.

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Although I believe saving for retirement is extremely important, I don't feel that focusing on early retirement is the answer. Doing so most likely means that one is always in the future and never enjoying the present moment. In my opinion, one should evaluate what they're currently doing and decide whether or not there's something else they'd be happier doing, where they wouldn't mind working until a traditional retirement age.

Here's an excellent website, I think of it as the Paleo of investing: http://www.bogleheads.org/

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on May 22, 2012
at 02:25 PM

We'll agree to disagree. In all honesty I don't think that there is anything I wouldn't mind doing for 40 or more hours a week. And even if there were I don't know how I would be able to find it if I were worried about paying the bills. Keep in mind the the early retirement that is promoted through these websites doesn't mean doing nothing for the rest of your life. It means having the ability to choose exactly what you want to do without worrying about your financial obligations.

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:44 PM

"Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life."

Trying to get there, myself.

I think the notion of "escaping" from the working world is based on the premise of being a cog in the machine, having little say over your day-to-day work activities and responsibilities. Not everyone is trapped in a cube and subject to the chains of bureaucracy and inefficient policies/procedures. (I am, for now, but will hopefully be doing something very different before the year is out.) I think there are people who genuinely enjoy working, but it depends on what we mean by "work." Very few people are fortunate enough (or COURAGEOUS ENOUGH!) to earn a living doing what they love.

I wish there were more safety nets for self-employed people. As much as I can't stand my current job, I worry about long-term financial stability...retirement plan, 401K, etc. (I like to joke that Suze Orman's fear mongering is the reason I haven't quit my job!)

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on May 22, 2012
at 02:35 PM

Very true. I guess when I think of my ideal work situation, it involves doing a few different things I enjoy throughout the day, so it wouldn't be the same thing over and over for 8-10 hours. (I can see that as a way to *stop* loving something you once did.) But you're right - financial security is a biggie. I think it's the main roadblock that keeps a lot of people where they are. Takes a LOT of guts to abandon the safety of a steady paycheck.

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on May 22, 2012
at 04:31 PM

That is something people don't seem to realize. Even if you LOVE doing something it is unlikely you will still love doing it after 40 hours a week for 5-10 years.

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(788)

on May 22, 2012
at 02:23 PM

I agree to an extent but I feel like the only way to "do what you love" is to have the financial security to try different things. I don't think humans were meant to do just one thing for the rest of their lives and certainly not for 8-10 hours per day.

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