Jacob Lund Fisker is credited with creating one of the first popular financial independence blogs—founded in 2007—called Early Retirement Extreme.
I'm not sure I've ever come across someone else who is a true living and breathing "Renaissance man" in the modern world. Jacob seems to have mastered key elements of the physiological, intellectual, emotional, social, economic, technical, and ecological aspects of living. Interestingly, we both grew up involved in competitive swimming, have the same personality type (INTJ), and both seem to share a favorite quote:
- "A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both." — L. P. Jacks
Other than those similarities, I have a lot to learn from him. As I mentioned in the previous book summary, Early Retirement Extreme is a challenging read. It's a book I'll personally need to revisit many times in the future to fully grasp everything.
This Early Retirement Extreme (ERE) synthesis includes content from all the following sources:
- ERE book
- ERE blog
- ERE wiki & forum
- Jacob's appearances on a few recent podcasts
- Jacob's 10-year update posted on Get Rich Slowly
Premium Synthesis Contents:
- Quick Facts about Jacob Lund Fisker
- What is Early Retirement Extreme (ERE)?
- A Web of Goals
- Assess Your Starting Point
- Progression through the Levels
- Practical Ways to Get Started
- Becoming a Renaissance Human
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