The Wall Street Journal:
For most people, the key to retiring early is accumulating enough money to live out your days in your chosen style. For Fred Ecks, a former software engineer for Sun Microsystems, the answer lies on the other side of the balance sheet: on cutting costs to a bare minimum.
Now 46 years old, Mr. Ecks was 35 when he stopped working for money. He was fed up with long work hours and the fatigue he felt from poor nutrition and lack of exercise. Mr. Ecks came across a book that introduced the concept that your money represents your life energy, and if you waste your money, you are actually throwing away your own time.
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