I did. I used to work in a big law firm, killing myself with 80-hour workweeks. After a year of that, I decided that no amount of money was worth what I was putting myself through. So I walked away, and decided to focus on chasing my dream of being a pianist and composer, and use a part-time law practice to support that.
I now have a patent law practice that I do from home, and an active music career - I have a few performances coming up this month, two big concerts in July, and festivals and other concerts throughout the year. I'm working on a couple of new CD's, getting booked for festivals as a featured performer - good things are happening for me musically. The nice thing about my patent practice is that it can all be done online - so even when I go on tour, I can take my work with me and not miss a day.
Amazingly enough, I am actually making a living at all this. I can't believe it myself, sometimes. And because I am my own boss, I get to arrange my work hours and my workspace however I like. I am typing this from a standing desk that I set up for myself, for example. When I worked at a big firm, one of my coworkers ended up having spinal fusion surgery at the age of 29 because her workspace was so unergonomic and she was too afraid to ask for a better setup. Her experience was one of the major motivators for me to look for another way of making a living.
Self-employment is not all beer and skittles, and this particular method of self-employment involves a steep learning curve and a lot of hard work. But I would still rather work hard for my clients than for a boss. I don't like having a boss. And even though patent law is "work" for me, it's work I enjoy - I get to talk to crazy inventors about their crazy inventions, and write about them for the Patent Office. My clients are creative and interesting people, and their inventions are often quite entertaining.
I don't think I could go for the "extreme early retirement" - I like working, and feeling useful. I get antsy and unhappy when I have nothing to do. With my own practice, I build my work life on my own terms.
As for the blog, you're probably referring to Early Retirement Extreme: — a combination of simple living, anticonsumerism, DIY ethics, self-reliance, and applied capitalism . I just read his book.
Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.
My Primal Journal
And yes, that blog is the one I was talking about.
I don't work very long hours in my job. Because of my autoimmune disease, I get exhausted very quickly. So far, I have been very, very lucky to find employers who are willing to gamble on me.
Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )
I gave up a 6 figure income.
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Seven Trees Farm - diversified subsistence farming on 1.25 acres.