TMBA448: The Cult of Early Retirement

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Dan and Ian share stories of financial freedom every week on this podcast.

In this week’s episode, they wanted to drill down on what that freedom actually means. To some, living a life of frugality can allow yourself to retire early, but does it really bring you freedom?

One year ago, Dan wrote an article called The Cult of Early Retirement Meets (Or Strangely, Doesn’t Meet) The Cult of Entrepreneurship. This article turned out to be fairly controversial, with many readers sharing their thoughts on early retirement and financial freedom.

Today, we are going to present an audio version of that article, followed by some opinions and reflections on the discussions that arose from it. You’ll also hear our thoughts on why the writings of early retirement bloggers don’t entirely click with entrepreneurs, why we believe our time is more valuable than money, and a whole lot more.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • What the entrepreneurial crowd and the early retirement crowd have in common. (4:25)
  • Why Dan believes that early retirement philosophies are brutal on the mind and soul. (9:14)
  • Our opinions on the article one year later. (22:01)
  • Where the entrepreneurial crowd and the early retirement crowd don’t see eye to eye. (27:10)
  • Why the early retirement lifestyle isn’t accessible for everyone. (32:53)

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