Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke, Part II

Saw this New Yorker profile of the wonderful Mr. Money Mustache this morning.

Mr. Money Mustache is a blog about frugality as a way to achieve early retirement. In my post the other day, I suggested that you should find a routine that you love and then never retire.

On the surface these might seem like incompatible philosophies, but I think it’s just approaching the same problem from a different angle.

Retirement, in his hands, is a slippery term. It doesn’t mean playing golf or sitting on the porch. It is merely the freedom to do what he wants when he wants.


I think both Mr. Money Mustache and I would agree: stuff doesn’t matter. What you do every day matters.

My principal point of emphasis is on the “what you do,” whereas MMM focuses on removing the “what you don’t need.” I feel as if that’s two sides of the same coin.

I don’t think you should do something you hate an save up to retire early. But I agree that, “[t]oo many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.”

The bottom line is this: What you do matters, not what you own or what you buy. Whether you define that as retiring early or never retiring is semantics.

How you get to do what you care about every day is a deeply personal journey. Mr. Money Mustache is a fantastic resource to help get you there.