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Author: windhoven One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 725991  
Subject: Re: I pulled the trigger this week !!!! Date: 1/13/2000 7:49 PM
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Thank you everyone, for the congratulations, and especially 
for your advice and your own success stories.

Now how I did it.

I have been investing in my future since I was 21 by
putting as much as I could put into my 401K, ESPP, etc.
Over the last few years I have been putting away 22%
of my gross pay which has doubled in those two years.

The real reason for early retirement is my luck of 
getting into the company I am retiring from, and of being
in a position of having handled 40% of all support calls for 
the software that I have specialized in. A quick look at my 
user profile, at my favorite stocks will tell you what company
I am working for. 

My original plan was to wait 2 more years, but due to High
Stress levels, I have decided that 400K is enough for now if
the stock market keeps going as it has been. Also, I just worked 
out a leave of absence for six months, so I have left the door open,
if something terrible happens. No bridges have been burnt.

I have a few fallback plans. $50K in AT&T stock in one
401k plan, that has over 30 years to grow before I touch it.

I also sold some stock options early on, in order to purchase
A 4 unit apartment build, which I live in for about $300 a
month. 

There it is in very brief, I apologize if stating dollar amounts
is in poor taste for this message board.

I hope everyone good fortune if you have managed to retire early,
and good luck if you are still working toward that goal.

Cheers,

windhoven

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