I've got a full-time non-trading job and do swing/position trading on the side. And so I think my goal is a little different than most: early retirement. From posts I've read on et there are a few of you out there who have achieved this holy grail and I'd like to know how you did it. 1. How much of a role did trading play in your early retirement, i.e. was it through trading that you accumulated your assets or through a business or 401k, etc.? 2. How much of a role did margin play, i.e. did you successfully attempt to amplify your earnings to achieve your goal more quickly? 3. How much of a role did "expense/lifestyle control" play in it? I'm looking for inspirational stories here. I think I can do this, but I'm at that juncture in my life where I have to decide if I want to undergo the discipline to pursue this for several years.