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How to retire in your 30s: save most of your money and rethink your core values

Seven in 10 Americans are disengaged from their jobs, according to Gallup. That's more than two-thirds of us who are unfulfilled by our work, just dragging our sorry selves to and from the office every day.

One community has an attractive answer: just quit.

A burgeoning online community advocates early retirement. And they're not talking about people quitting in their 50s or early 60s. They mean retiring before age 40 - perhaps even in their 20s.

Over the past few months, I've interviewed seven people who have managed to leave the working world before age 40. That seems like a crazy idea to most people, but these extreme retirees insist it's something everyone should consider. What they all understand - and what they wish other people understood - is that achieving financial freedom isn't just about budgeting or clipping coupons; it's about reconsidering your core values.

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