Many of the things I’ve done in my life are pretty extreme.
I ate ramen noodles for a year straight. Retired in my early 30s. Moved to Thailand.
You know, stuff like that.
These aren’t ordinary activities or ideas for most people. They’re extraordinary.
And that’s perhaps what makes them even more desirable for me. I don’t like thinking or living like other people.
But I don’t want anyone else out there to think they have to do just like me in order to live an extraordinary life.
You don’t have to be extreme in order to be extraordinary.
Throughout the years, I’ve always aimed to inspire others with my content and journey. I want you to become FIRE and live the life of your dreams. At the very least, I want you to improve your situation and become happier.
However, none of that requires walking on the extreme side of life.
Anything Beyond The Ordinary Is Extraordinary
Sure. Retiring in my 30s is remarkable.
But would being able to retire 10 or 15 years earlier than everyone else still be extraordinary?
I feel like the FIRE community sometimes operates in this bubble where it’s assumed everyone will earn, save, and invest a ton of money. Everyone will retire by 30 and sing Kumbaya by a fire.
Well, that’s just not how it works for 99.9% of the world.
Nor does it have to.
All you have to do is aim for something beyond the ordinary.
And I only say that because the ordinary is, quite frankly, kind of terrible.
I’m not being judgmental here. I’m just telling you how it is.
Most Americans are overweight, overworked, and overstressed. They spend too much time at jobs they don’t like. And they apparently do this so that they can buy stuff they don’t need to impress people they don’t actually care about.
Worse yet, they do that with money they don’t have. Most Americans can’t even afford a $1,000 emergency.
So this is apparently the ordinary.
It’s, umm, not good.
But it’s a huge swing over to the other end of the spectrum, where you have people like me. I’m living in Oppositeland. It’s located on Extremeworld.
My most recent best-selling book is, 5 Steps To Retire In 5 Years.
Going from $0 to retirement in five years would be beyond amazing. Of course.
But even taking just some of the principles I lay out in that book and applying them to your own situation in a way that allows you live a happier and more flexible life would still be fantastic.
It could be three steps to retire in 15 years. Whatever works for you.
I mean, if you could take some of the things I regularly write about, and use all of this to retire at 50 instead of 65 – that would be extraordinary!
And it definitely wouldn’t require being as extreme as I’ve been. It wouldn’t even require being extreme at all. You’d simply have to be more sensible than the average person. Don’t make poor choices. Be rational. That’s all.
I once wrote about how freedom exists on a spectrum. It’s not a binary choice between retiring in your 30s or having a job you don’t like until you’re in your 60s.
Don’t put yourself in a place where you feel like you have to decide between the extreme or nothing at all. The spectrum of life offers infinite options, many of which are quite extraordinary in nature.
Laying The Foundation For An Extraordinary Life
As I noted earlier, I’ve always aimed to inspire people.
I’m filled to the brim with enthusiasm about living my best life. And I try to harness that enthusiasm and direct it in a way that helps others.
I feel like I’ve accomplished my mission if you take some of the principles I regularly share and use them to build the foundation for your own extraordinary life.
For example, I shared how I’ve hacked a better body by using my financial fitness to improve my physical fitness.
But you don’t need to look like I do or go to the gym six days per week in order to not be overweight.
Again, using some of the things I talk about in that piece – buying time, self-discipline, eating right, reducing stress – are all helpful, no matter the intensity of application.
Likewise, you can use some of the savings, investment, and happiness articles I regularly write in order to inspire yourself to build a foundation that better works for your own situation.
I sometimes get feedback like this:
“But I’m married with children (or insert different lifestyle choice here). I can’t do like you.”
That’s wonderful. You don’t have to do just like me in order to be happier, create more freedom, and apply sound principles in your own life. Being married with children isn’t an excuse to be overweight, stressed, and unhappy. It’s not an excuse to spend beyond your means and make poor choices. Habits don’t care about you or your family size.
Meanwhile, there are a ton of people out there who are unmarried with no children, yet are definitely not retiring in their 30s – or living anything close to an extraordinary life.
Excuses are easy. Everything else isn’t.
Don’t be extreme if you don’t want to be. I’ve long been doing what I want to. I’m not here to “outdo” anyone else. I’m not competing against anyone. If the foundation you’re building isn’t set up for the duration – because you don’t enjoy living as extreme as I have – it’ll fail. It’ll crater under its own weight.
Instead, build a customized foundation that works for who you are, what kind of extraordinary you want, and what has the best chance of success over the long run.
Anything beyond the ordinary is extraordinary.
You have the ability to look around you. You see what I see. The ordinary is not great.
Simply aiming for something beyond that isn’t difficult. It doesn’t require being extreme – especially not as extreme as I’ve been.
I wanted something particularly astounding for my own life. But I can understand and appreciate that most do not want the same thing. That’s great. If we all wanted the same things, this world would be awfully boring.
Most can’t or don’t want to live so extremely. I get it. But you don’t have to in order to be a fitter, richer, happier version of yourself.
Simply take some of the principles and experiences I share and customize (or tone them down) for your own situation. Then apply them consistently.
If you do that, I can promise you that you’ll get something extraordinary out of it!
What are your thoughts? Do you want to be extraordinary? How extreme are you?
Thanks for reading.
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