Let's define something that's pretty insidious: work theater. That's what you do when you're at work and trying to look busy, without actually being busy. At its best, it's "innocent fakery." But taken a step further -- because it involves projecting a false image into the world -- it can lead to estrangement...from yourself. 

In this Motley Fool Live recording from Feb. 23rd, The Collaborative Fund's Morgan Housel talks with Pete Adney. Better known as "Mr. Money Mustache", Adney retired at the age of 30 from his corporate job to focus on his family.

In the clip below, they discuss the role that work theater can play in our lives, and how retiring early can set you free from this type of behavior. At the end, Housel pinpoints the true benefit to early retirement.

Morgan Housel: Pete, this is a philosophical question, but do you think that when you were working your corporate job, you were playing an act, playing a part in a way that you got to leave behind after you retired in the sense of like, do you think you're the same person today as you were back then or you were playing a part back then that got to be left behind, and the last 15 years of retirement have really brought the real Pete versus the corporate Pete?

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