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Its still very much dependent on how much income you need and where its coming from. Plenty of us were well positioned when the tech boom hit and didn't get hurt too badly. So we were able to cash in and retire sooner. On the Retire Early Homeboard you will find techies who were able to retire very young based on the tech boom. (I don't know how many of them got out in time and saved their fortunes.)

When you do detailed retirement planning, you look at what income sources you have and what you need. Switching to a less stressful job early can be part of that. But it becomes very important to cover medical insurance and child rearing costs--if you plan to go that route. Obviously retiring from the traditional early retirement plans like military, police and fire can be a good way to accumulate a basic nest egg income with benefits. Then you have lots of options on how to spend your time for fun and extra income. You often find such people operating business--like motels or camping grounds. It works for them.
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