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Subject:  A Key To Early Retirement Date:  7/16/2002  12:57 PM
Author:  jammerh Number:  70478 of 807653

I retired early about 20 years ago. I was able to do through a combination of increasing the amount of money working for me, and decreasing the number of my needs.

I'd like to suggest to all of you that you can retire if you really want to do so. It is more a matter of priorities than a question of " I really have enough money?"

Start off by asking yourself what currently have in your life that you really need, and what you have that you don't really need. In trying to figure this out for each thing. Try to keep in mind how much you want to be retired, and how much you might like to get rid of the things that keep you from attaining this goal.

It is not an easy job. Often we buy things or get involved in things that take up our time, money and other resources without realizing how much they are keeping us from something we really want.

If you like your work, this approach may not be for you. However, if you sincerely want to be independent the goal may be closer than you re