It looks like the majority of retired posters on the Early Retirement Forum have been retired for only 15 years or less.
Isn't it premature to judge the success or failure of an early retirement strategy until the retiree either:
1) dies or
2) runs out of money?
I haven't read postings by people in either category *
Yes, either case cannot post. *
But, this is like all things in life. Your life cannot be judged a success on any level until your dead.
Would you say that someone had a successfull life if they were the Heisman Trophy winner, Was the most valueable player in the NFL and was a sure bet for the Hall of Fame? Even if that player was O.J. Simpson?
It's a lot like John F. Kennedy. Most conservatives overlook his White House Sexcapades because he was dead before he was caught. Bill Clinton on the other hand was a disgrace to the human race, because he is ah...er..., Human?
And then there is Richard Nixon. - Was he a success or failure?