Author Topic: Soldier of Luxury  (Read 3183 times)

C. K.

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Soldier of Luxury
« on: December 10, 2013, 01:42:06 PM »
Mr. Money Mustache's latest post is inspiring: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/12/09/soldier-of-luxury/

You've all read it. He uses a fable, an extended analogy (sort of like those business books - The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Who Moved My Cheese) of a soldier to reiterate key points of his frugal lifestyle. The minimalist soldier with everything his backpack is fun to follow.

Here, as it is throughout his blog, MMM emphasizes what others in personal finance often do not
  • that frugality is enjoyable
  • that frugality does not have to equal harmful deprivation
  • that frugality is preferable to many other forms of living
The soldier notices how well his body works for him, wonderful little things like this that are folded into the entire mustachian lifestyle is what makes it appealing.

Notice that at no point in the fable is the soldier living minimally to spite anyone. Instead, he chooses this life because it works for him.

In far too many frugality blogs is an off-putting, knee-jerk stance against "The Man," when really it's just a guy in his dingy apartment who is jaded about life in general and must blame someone to feel better about his own circumstances instead of improving life for himself.
MMM blends the almost perfect mix of personal responsibility, inventiveness, openness to being different and appreciation for society's advances. He doesn't completely throw the baby out with the bathwater and it shows in his newest blog post.
Well done, again, MMM.

CDP45

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Re: Soldier of Luxury
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2013, 11:22:06 PM »
I like when he talks about the best things in life, spending time with family leisurely, taking vacations, learning new skills, helping friends, and inspiring others. I'm not sure if he counts this site as charity, but I hope he does do some or and to church too.

C. K.

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Re: Soldier of Luxury
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2013, 05:03:10 AM »
CDP45,
From what I remember reading, MMM has said he hasn't yet found a charity that he trusts. (Someone else can chime in here to correct this impression.)

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Re: Soldier of Luxury
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2013, 05:10:49 AM »
You can see his spending, just go to the site's main page and search for spending exposed. He does donate and more than is shown because his businesses also donate.

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C. K.

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Re: Soldier of Luxury
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2013, 05:13:42 AM »
You can see his spending, just go to the site's main page and search for sped ding exposed. He does donate and more than is shown because his businesses also donate.

Thanks.

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Re: Soldier of Luxury
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2018, 07:22:36 AM »
Replying to a very old post because... I recently was searching for MMM's "Luxury is just another form of weakness" post and came across this one. I thought I had read them all, but this just goes to show that I missed this one at least.

Anyway, what a brilliant article. So many of my friends and loved ones are struggling in so many areas of their lives. These are grown adults, 30 years of age and on, too. The main theme I keep trying to tell them is that comfort isn't comfortable in the long-run.

I sent a few people this article and not a single on read it. And this is a short one too.

Cheers to those who are comfortable with being uncomfortable.