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Old 09-19-2012, 06:03 PM   #21
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It isn't complicated: save some of what you make, invest it wisely, and don't give in to lifestyle creep. All else is the details.
I lived frugally, worked hard, and saved what I could...

And then the first billion of my trust fund vested.

After that I was able to live a decent but modest lifestyle on that limited sum until the rest of my trust fund vests.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:32 AM   #22
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:35 AM   #23
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Luxury!! We had to.......
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:28 AM   #24
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I was the victim of dumb-luck. As a youth, I stumbled into job washing windows for rich folks in Beverly Hills. I charged $1 a window and their houses had lots of windows with little panes of glass. They paid whatever I asked.

After college, I married the daughter of a rich foreigner. He gave us stock in his USA subsidiary and we made a bundle. His friends were well connected and clued me in to various private investments in real estate in places like Orange County and Santa Barbara.

Thanks to my brother-in-law who is a lawyer for a big outfit in Seattle, I met a guy who was starting an internet book store. I gave him $10,000 to help him out and he gave me some stock options. I cashed them in for $487,000,

After the divorce, I got to keep half of everything which was a lot. One day, on a lark, I bought a lottery ticket. A week later I was the winner of $1,245,000. Not bad for a $2 ticket.

A few years ago, my ex-wife's cousin passed away. We had had a brief fling after the divorce and she must have still liked me since she left me stock worth $650,000 in her will.

That is how I worked my way to an early retirement.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:12 AM   #25
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I worked hard, fast tracked my career, kept receiving higher salaries and bonuses over the years, while still driving the same car and living in the same house that we (married at the time) bought in the first year of our career. No lifestyle creep at all. Now house is paid for, 2 cars paid for, and a comfortable portfolio which would allow 4%SWR; I am still working to be able to afford a 3%SWR at that point I will ER.

I think the key to FIRE is living frugally, saving a lot, and investing wisely.

Best of luck with your plan. And welcome to the Forum.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:24 AM   #26
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:19 PM   #27
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For me it all started at a dinner party. We were discussing my future and a friend of my father said one word to me..."Plastics".

I then bought Apple stock and the rest is history.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:35 PM   #28
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I got an email from this sort of illiterate sounding woman in Nigeria. Her husband had come into possession of $100,000,000 US in some sort of government thing, but unfortunately had sent it to the USA to avoid some potential issues with his government. He was unable to avoid the issues and his widow picked me, out of all the millions of people in the USA, to help her get her money protected. I sent her some confidential information, put up a few thousand dollars of "good faith" money, and the next thing I knew, I had ten million dollars. I just keep thanking my lucky stars that she picked me and not some other schmo.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:07 PM   #29
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:21 PM   #30
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I guess FFG has all the stories he needs, cause he seems to be missing.
Too bad, because when someone steps in so good right off the bat, we can usually count on them for quite a bit more fun.

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It isn't complicated: save some of what you make, invest it wisely, and don't give in to lifestyle creep. All else is the details.
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