Started trading with my dad at age 12, graduated BA economics 75 USF, BS Business 76 US, MBA at age 28 in 78 interest at the time the CBOE, worked for BAC, then for different banks and brokers, in France. In 1987 worked at the creation of the "MONEP" at its early beginning. (Marché des Options Négociables de Paris). The start of the french "negociable" options market. Retired from the rat race in 1996 and enjoying my life ever since, keeping busy trading, thanks high speed internet, from my home, on the beach under the coconut trees.
I'm a working person with a modest salary, building a DGI portfolio to provide myself and wife with dividend income- ultimate goal to retire early (before age 60). My strategy is to have a 3, then 4 legged stool- the legs consisting of 401k, small pension, IRA with DGI stocks, with the 4th leg SS.
I look at the knowledge base and ideas at SA as the tools and instructions on how to build a sturdier stool.