I am on the e-mail list for the Oblivious Investor, and got an e-mail today that linked to the site of Darrow Kirkpatrick (www.caniretireyet.com
). The specific item linked on that website was a blog by Kirkpatrick that basically said financial plans are pretty much dubious attempts to predict the future - you need one but don't be wedded to it. I poked around his website a bit and he seems to advocate a lot of the same ideas here - live below your means, have a plan - but be flexible about it, use asset allocation (don't put all of your money into one or two investment options), and live life and not be wedded to a j*b just for the money.
According to his website, he grew up in a Navy family where he learned "integrity, economy, and the value of work", got an engineering degree, developed and then sold a business (which I think is how he was able to retire at the age of 50).
Anyway, I just wondered if anyone here goes to his website or has heard of him.
PS: He has a free ebook available on his website titled "Can I Retire Yet? - The Journey to Financial Independence". I did not sign up to get it, but I probably will.
PPS: I did a search here at early-retirement.org, but it came up blank for his name, so if he or his website have already been discussed, I apologize for any double-post.