Mr. Money Mustache (aka Pete Adeney) is a 46-year-old father who retired at age 30 after he and his then-wife saved about $800,000. He also started sharing his philosophy of simple, happy, bicycle-filled living on his now wildly popular blog at mrmoneymustache.com.
I first met Pete at a meet-up in Ecuador called the Chautauqua. While hiking around the rim of a dormant volcano, we talked about life, city planning (a mutual side-hobby of ours), and real estate.
I quickly developed a respect for Pete’s quirkiness, intelligence, and authenticity. His blog persona is larger than life, but the real Pete lived the same principles touted in the blog.
So, when I had a chance to reconnect with Pete during another meetup of friends at a mountain house in Colorado, I asked if he’d take 10-15 minutes for an interview that I could share on my podcast and YouTube channel. He was nice enough to agree, and I’m excited to share it with you.
The interview isn’t long (less than 15 minutes), but in that time we got into the topics of life after financial independence, Pete’s ideal day, parenting, doing work with purpose, and tips for those aspiring to financial independence.
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- The activities Mr. Money Mustache (Pete) likes to do as an early retiree
- Pete’s ideal day
- Why Pete originally decided to retire early
- Pete’s philosophy on parenting
- The type of work Pete still loves to do daily
- Why construction and working with his hands is so soothing
- How Pete measures a successful day (and life)
- The habit Pete does every morning and night to help stay in touch with his emotions
- A tip for pursuing financial independence that Pete’s never shared before
- And much more
Some of Chad’s Favorite Mr. Money Mustache Articles
- Getting Rich: From Zero to Hero in One Blog Post
- The Shockingly Simple Math Behind Early Retirement
- The True Cost of Commuting
- What is Hedonic Adaptation and How Can it Turn You Into a Sucka?
- News Flash: Your Debt is an Emergency!
“Financial independence doesn’t solve all your problems. Your problems are still there. But you have time to work on them and more energy.” @mrmoneymustache
“Financial independence is really about getting your time back. – @mrmoneymustache
“Think not about what you can add to your life, but what you can subtract from it.” – @mrmoneymustache
“If someone’s offering me money to do something, I will only say yes if I would also do it for free. And then if it does come with money it’s ok.” – @mrmoneymustache
“If you have enough of something, then getting more than enough is not any better.” – @mrmoneymustache
“For me I’ve got it boiled down pretty easy … I have to spend a lot of time outside, I’ve got to help people and talk to people, and have nice conversations, and then I’ve got to use my body for physical stuff. If I do that It’s pretty much guaranteed to be a good day.” – @mrmoneymustache
Connect with Mr. Money Mustache
- Blog: https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrmoneymustache/
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9QOtgGrDyuYcfqsTG4rGDg
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