Building wealth intelligently and patiently is the most logical and tested route to financial independence. That is my plan and so far, so good! (WARNING: Do your own due diligence and don't depend on me or anyone else on SA to offer sound investing advice. My recommendations are for educational purposes ONLY!)
I have been investing in stocks for over 20 years. Lot of failures during those years. I have been succesful investor for the last few years. I am a Graham & Dod style investor and avid reader of the stock Market. I am an Engineer working in the Auto Industry for the last 20 years.
Close to retirement age but plan to keep working for some time to come. Have invested in stock market sporadically, mostly confused and scared. It hasn't worked very well. Have a lot to learn, learn a lot from many SA folks and enjoy the sharing here.
Historically about 60% invested (minority is stocks along with a lot of "other") with 40% cash. Aiming at this stage to put more of the cash to work, and since I'm underweight in stocks/bonds, am focused there, especially but not only DGI.
Expect that I can avoid taking much if any income out for 15-20 years (except tax and the RMD), unless something unexpected happens--not a long compounding period but better than not at all.