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Old 05-04-2010, 08:48 PM   #1
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Hi I'm 33 and "retired"... thought I would drop by

Hi everyone,

I'm sure like a few here, I "retired" early and now spend some of my time sharing my story (information) about how I did it. This has taken me to the web obviously... and now here.

At 33 and married, mine is obviously not going to be your typical retirement, but that should be expected. Anyone here who is trying to retire early is surely doing something not of the norm.

From what I understand of the early retirement community there are a couple of different camps. You can say I don't sit in the camp of accumulating piles of money in hopes of one day calling it a day to golf. Mine is a more "do what you love, have freedom now" type mindset.

Anywho, that's a bit about me. This looks like a very active and thought provoking community, and I look forward to contributing when I can.

Cheers.
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Old 05-05-2010, 06:44 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum! :-P

Ooooo, without a sufficient "pile" sometimes this camp ( "do what you love, have freedom now" type mindset ) is also called the "not really early retirement, but a temporary sabbatical until I run out of $$ and become homeless and/or return to the workforce camp"

Of course if you get "lucky" and do not need to accumulate that pile over the years then by all means "do what you love and enjoy your freedom" but remember that if "doing what you love and enjoying your freedom" is criteria for this "non-typical retirement" then many folks (not all) out there doing 9-5 can be considered "retired"

Tell us more...... ?
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:27 AM   #3
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Welcome, we are all keen to hear how you managed it, and what "retired" means to you.
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Hey,
I did it young too (35), but left the US to pull it off. What are your plans to retire so young?
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Ooooo, without a sufficient "pile" sometimes this camp ( "do what you love, have freedom now" type mindset ) is also called the "not really early retirement, but a temporary sabbatical until I run out of $$ and become homeless and/or return to the workforce camp"
Too true!
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Good for you! Just make sure that you sock a few bucks away every month in some investments, for when you're much older. It will compound over the years and you'll have the moolah to "retire 'n golf"! It's never too early to start...
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My name is Ryan Martin, and Im the creator and writer at Lifestyleshock.com. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia. I am 33 years old and retired. Okay, I am not really retired; Im experimenting with alternatives to the real world. The experiment at the moment is my blog and investing in the stock market.
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This thread is starting to sound like a spammer's networking happy hour with drive-through service.

All we need now is a glass fishbowl on the bar where they can drop their business cards for a free referral...
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My firm, Bertrand Retirement Strategies, provides financial planning, investment advice and wealth management services to over 300 clients.
I have also hosted over one hundred educational workshops, and have spoken on numerous radio programs and at various public forums, discussing topics relating to retirement, investments, estate planning, asset protection and tax reduction.

It sure sounds like w*rk to me. Unless he has now hired someone to do all this.
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It sure sounds like w*rk to me. Unless he has now hired someone to do all this.
Actually, Mr. bertrand has done all those things. Where is it quoted that Ryan Martin has done all those things?

Another FA on here..who woulda thunk it!
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Nords....

I did not see the quotes anywhere on this post... so they must be somewhere else... I wonder if this is going the way of the millionaire mommy next door... boy that was fun


As to militaryman... I know of someone who 'retired' without a pile of money... he was someone I knew in HS... when he was in his late 20s to early 30s he got tired of working and supporting a wife and two kids... so he moved back to his parents house... has lived there ever since.. they are NOT rich by any means... his father was a blue collar worker... and wanted to kick him out, but his mom won... last I heard he was still living there, his dad died and his mom is living on SS.. I guess he is waiting for her to die... but the only thing she has is the house.... and he would lose his only source of income... sad... very sad...
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This thread is starting to sound like a spammer's networking happy hour with drive-through service.

All we need now is a glass fishbowl on the bar where they can drop their business cards for a free referral...
What gives? This stuff you quoted did not appear in this thread (prior to your post).

Everyone should be welcome on this board (even former or current financial advisors), provided only that they follow the rules. No spamming or solicitations took place here, and your attack on the o/p was ill-advised.
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No spamming or solicitations took place here, and your attack on the o/p was ill-advised.
After a Google search, I think you are perhaps the ill-advised poster on this particular thread...
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:27 PM   #13
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I haven't done any Google search re the o/p, nor do I intend to. Frankly, who cares what he does outside of this forum?

I respectfully refer you to my previous post.

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I haven't done any Google search re the o/p, nor do I intend to. Frankly, who cares what he does outside of this forum?
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Perhaps some posters have confused the o.p. With someone else of the same name. I doubt he started working at the above named company at age 10.
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Perhaps some posters have confused the o.p. With someone else of the same name. I doubt he started working at the above named company at age 10.
I don't believe the quoted material makes reference to the OP.
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Perhaps some posters have confused the o.p. With someone else of the same name. I doubt he started working at the above named company at age 10.
And we do know that what he says is gospel truth, don't we?
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I did not see the quotes anywhere on this post... so they must be somewhere else... I wonder if this is going the way of the millionaire mommy next door... boy that was fun
C'mon, guys, you know this board is used by spammers the way Willie Sutton used banks for venture-capital investments.

I usually don't perk up when a new poster introduces themselves, but whenever two first-time posters start congratulating each other on themselves then I read their profiles. Ryan Martin by himself didn't seem that unusual but when HBradleyBertrand signed up and jumped right in without any of his own introductory posts or lurking, then my spamtenna started twitching. For a while there I thought OAP had used up all his alter-ego poster IDs and had to start over.

But my gosh the truth (if indeed we're graced with the parolee himself) is even better than spam fiction.

What's a financial adviser going to have to do here before they can post... direct the moderators to a copy of their license record?

Excuse me for a few minutes while I go get more popcorn!
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