Originally Posted by rayvt
Yup. Something like 42% of the people, so I hear. And approximately ZERO of them are reading about Financially Independent and Retiring Early. And they aren't mulling over Withdrawal Ratios, they are more likely to be asking how does a ratio apply to $0.
One thing I learned from this forum is to not confuse FI (and wealth) with taxes paid.
Far from your 'zero' claim, there's tons of people here who are quite well off, retired early yet pay little or no taxes, either by careful withdrawal strategies or judicious income planning or other avenues etc. (legally of course)
Likely one of the reasons they DO read this forum is to glean insights on how to do just that.