Flagpole, you ARE an idiot in some ways.
That last post wasn't me, you got trolled.
Your willingness to respond, and your actual response, belie your insecurity. I have never claimed that I make great money on the stock market--what I have claimed is that I have avoided the major down events, and participated in the major up events, the last one being the 30+% year. In fact, most of my posts have described that in the past 2 years I have been handily beating the markets, while not being in them.
Your demonstrated need to invent fantasies to buttress your preferred narrative is telling. I have gone from disappointment in you, to sorrow for you. You know that saying that goes something like "Good times make friends; bad times bind them."? Your thinking belongs to another era. My advice to you would be to never retire, to keep that client list alive. That is what I have done, now being able to cherry-pick only those assignments that I wish to do, when I choose to accept a task that is in the service of another. Which is, now, very rare.
I am actually currently in the position in which you hope to be some day--living where and how I wish, buffing up my various properties according to my wife's design wishes, working out consistently, and now wishing that those around me would do at least as well as I have done. I'm OK, it's not me that I'm concerned about, it's those close to me, and those who mean something to me.
My fear for you is that you will incur a clawback in SS, increasing taxes (especially CG), and a capital levy. Like others have told me, you always need more than you think you will, and my fear for you is that you will need a LOT more, because you have ceded a good measure of control of your own situation to "the system", be it the markets, the financial system, etc.
I have found that people who speak with your seemingly absolute confidence and certitude are the ones who get burned the worst, especially psychologically. All I can say is better they take it out of you, than out of me. I am not so foolhardy and self-referential as to be so confident, so I am instead adaptable. You would do well to think about it, and to maintain your business contacts.
Lastly, the fact that you couldn't care less what I think is at least as much a reflection on you as it is on me, and probably more so.
Good luck, mein fuehrer.