Chapter One: Why Retire?What is precious is never to forget
The delight of the blood drawn from ancient springs
Breaking through rocks in worlds before our earth;
Never to deny its pleasure in the simple morning light,
Nor its grave evening demand for love;
Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother
With noise and fog the flowering of the spirit.
-- Stephen Spender
You don't actually want to retire, do you?Why?
Just giving up? Or planning to walk away and play with your own toys?
Is it that you're trying to get somewhere or trying to escape...
Introduction: May We Help You?Everybody needs money! That's why they call it "money"!
-- David Mamet
It was the summer of 1994. The stock market was falling, talk of recession was in the air. The Internet was rising out of its niche into the mass market. And we decided to put everything professional on hold in order to transform our modest newsletter, "The Motley Fool" into a business. We had no anticipation of success. No plan to work together full time for the next ten years (had we known, things would be different). It was a sweltering summer in the nation's capital. We swept out the shed on the back of...