Embrace challenge and shun convenience for its own sake. Ask, “Will this really make me happier in the long run?” about all life decisions. Realize that happiness comes from accomplishment and personal growth, rather than from luxury products. Seek out voluntary discomfort as a way to become stronger, rather than running from it. Develop a healthy sense of self-mockery, and acknowledge that you are a wimp in many ways right now (and only by acknowledging it can you improve). Practice optimism. And of course, ride a bike.

That’s pretty high-level stuff. If you just want the meat and potatoes: Live close to work. Cook your own food. Take care of your own house, garden, hair and body. Don’t borrow money for cars, and don’t drive ridiculous ones. Embrace nature as the best source of recreation. Cancel your TV service. Use a prepaid cellphone. And of course, ride a bike!

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7 Responses to “MMM”

  1. Tony says:

    I’d never heard of him, so thank you for the introduction. I certainly couldn’t retire at 30, and was kinda forced into it at 55, due to the fact there are no librarian jobs for people like me. But it all turned out for the best. I love using libraries and don’t miss working in them very much at all. A few blogs like your own and MMM’s can provide a lot of inspiration – and practical advice 🙂

  2. Hiya Tony. Glad retirement is generally agreeing with you. I know you were forced into it, but now there’s “time enough at last” to read everything you’d have once catalogued or shelved. I use my idle and itinerant life to cultivate my leisure. Just the other day I spent an entire hour practicing my handwriting for no reason at all! Bliss.

  3. Sean G says:

    Hi there,
    I’m currently slaving away at a BU library. I got 13,000 grand saved up. I think I’m ready to break free from wage slavedom forever. Thanks Robert for all you do.

  4. That’s the spirit!

    BU? Boston University?

  5. Sean G says:

    Yep, Boston University at the Educational Resources Library. Although I’m concerned about the lack and price of health insurance once I leave the 9-5 grind.

    But hell, working 9-5 Monday – Friday isn’t healthy either!

  6. I was in Boston this past weekend. Could have met you. Next time!

  7. Sean G says:

    Or if I’m ever in Montreal, we could meet up.

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