I've had a passion for early retirement since my incorrigible teenage years, when I really had no business thinking about such things. I've held fast to that folly and have been a self-directed investor from the start of my career. As an engineer, finance and investing have become natural hobbies that I've worked to cultivate a self-education in over the years. I've dabbled in plenty of approaches over the years generating little if any meaningful alpha, but have learned much along the way. Saving early and often, while staying the course have been my greatest successes.