Below is a snapshot of my health (red), financial (green), academic (blue) and environmental (black) status after about 7 years of practicing the guidelines given on this blog.
Summarized another way, I’m about 20 years older than my actual age financially and career-wise, but over 10 years younger than my actual age metabolically. Thus, the practices on this blog have already given me an enormous 30 year advantage. As an added bonus, this is done with a sustainable carbon footprint (about 5 times less than the average developed world citizen).
A more detailed breakdown of my key performance measures follow below:
The most striking impression of my health is that I never get sick – not even the tiniest little cold.
Metabolic age is another important measure of health. I measure this regularly using my TANITA BC-545N body composition monitor.
Finally, VO2max is an excellent general indicator of fitness. This was initially measured professionally as part of a health program at work which was unfortunately discontinued in 2013. Since 2014, I’ve measured this using simple heart rate tests (resting and 1-mile walk on this site). These measures seem to be slightly lower than the professional measurements, but still give reasonable estimates.
My preferred measure in this category is financial resilience: the number of years that your wealth can sustain your current lifestyle. The graph below tracks my financial resilience based on liquid wealth (cash, stocks and precious metals) and total wealth (my home included).
The comparison of my net worth against average and median statistics from Norway is given below:
As a research scientist, my career progress is best measured by scientific outputs. ResearchGate contains the track records of most global researchers and academics. My profile can be viewed here to show that I’ve just entered the top 20%.
I track my progress using a custom scale where different outputs are weighted in terms of importance: 3 points for a thesis, 1 point for a peer reviewed journal paper where I am first author, 0.5 points for a peer-reviewed journal paper where I am a co-author, 0.5 points for a conference paper where I am first author, 0.25 points for a conference paper where I am co-author and 0.1 points for a popular science article I write for The Energy Collective or Energy Post.
Another comparative measure is the number of article equivalents against the Norwegian average.
Last updated: 04.06.2016