A little obsession is good because it drives us to accomplish something. I was obsessed with getting my engineering degree when I was in college because my parents worked hard to send me there. Many kids were there to have fun, but I just wanted to get through it. Fun was secondary. Mrs. RB40 was an obsession – she went off to Peace Corps for 3 years after college and I was obsessed with getting her back. (BTW, it worked out despite what everyone said. We won!) Blogging and early retirement was a big obsession for a while, too. I routinely stayed up until 1 am when I was working full time so I could blog regularly. It was tough, but I pushed through it.
There were many more trivial obsessions like playing video games or learning how to play the ukulele. I think a little obsession is fine as long as it doesn’t take over your life completely. This applies to early retirement, too. There are times when it is good to be obsessed with early retirement. However, you have to be smart about it over the long haul.
Obsessing with Early Retirement
Early retirement is a marathon, not a sprint. Check out Mr. Money Mustache’s The Shockingly Simple Math Behind Early Retirement if you haven’t seen it yet. Even if you save 50% of your income, it’d take 17 years to retire early. It’s just not good to be obsessive about something for that long. Being overly obsessive about early retirement can be a detriment to your health, relationships, and social life. You have to pace yourself when you’re chasing early retirement. It is impossible to sprint the whole way. You’ll burn yourself out if you try. However, there are two crucial spots where it pays to