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I'm not sure being a "millionaire" is a good measure of success, either financial

Sure it is, for me anyway.

Had I a million dollars, I could take my 4%-per-year retirement right now.

What I meant is that it depends on how you measure a net worth of a "Million" dollars. The quiz said I had a tendency to hold on to money too tight and I was too risk averse to becoming a millionaire. If you are a "millionaire" on paper and it is all tied up in real estate it may be hard to take your 4%. If your million was all in high tech stock back on March 10th, 2000 the value now may not be anywhere near a million; in fact your net worth may be closer to what my net worth is. There are plenty of people who own homes in California that are worth a million dollars. Can those people take distributions from their homes? It all depends on how you measure your net worth. I have a friend who owns a small meat packing business in Albany, NY. His business is worth close to a million dollars. He works like a madman to keep his business running. It is essentially a seven day a week job to keep his business running. Now on paper he is a "millionaire" but I don't think his quality of life is anywhere near as good as mine. My brother is a commercial beekeeper with 3,000 hives of bees. Each hive is worth $55, plus this years honey crop, plus the wax, land, and buildings and equipment. My brother works seven days a week from early in the morning to late at night. He says his back is beggining to bother him and he doesn't know how much longer he can do it. I know for a fact that he doesn't have hardly any money saved. So whose the millionaire? Me or him? Who has more freedom? - Art
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