Recently, I had a chat with someone on my preference to invest for income and how I am now able to work because I want to and not because I have to.
He said he would like very much to quit his job and focus on making money from the stock market. He asked when would he be able to do that if he should follow my methods?
I told him that it really depends.
For some, it could take just a few years.
For some, like me, it could take almost 20 years.
For some, it could happen by the time they retire at age 62.
For some, it might never happen.
He wasn't impressed and told me that a couple of presentations he went to told him that he could retire within a few months if he should follow their methods.
I said that I am aware of such courses and claims out there but I really cannot comment much on these apart from saying I would exercise caution.
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To his credit, he did not walk away but instead he asked when I said "it really depends", what did I mean?
Well, following my philosophy, how soon a person can choose to work because he wants to and not because he has to depends on:
1. How much money does he need in life?
2. How much money is he saving (not making)?
3. How much money are his investments making?
We went through his answers to these questions and he was shocked to find out that he probably would not be able to stop working till he is in his 60s.
I reminded him that it is actually not too bad. Some people cannot stop working even in their 70s.
He said he would like to stop working in his 50s although if he could stop working before he hits 50, it would be better.
What should he do?
Well, the answer is in those 3 questions mentioned above again.
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1. How much money does he need in life? Are the needs really needs? After all, we only need so much money in life and the rest is for showing off, someone said.
2. How much money is he saving? To save more money, he has to increase his income and reduce expenses. It is quite simple. Find legitimate and ethical ways to do so.
3. How much money are his investments making? If he is leaving the bulk of his money in savings accounts, he is doing himself a disservice. He has to make his money work harder. One way is to make use of weaknesses in the stock market to accumulate some good stocks that will generate good income.
When we parted ways, he said he had plenty of thinking to do. I do not know if he would become an income investor or if he would take up courses which would allow him to retire in a few months.
The choice is definitely his.
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2. Common advice on saving money.
3. To protect our wealth, we have to take risk.
4. Retiring before 60 is not a dream.
5. How to have a comfortable retirement?