I was sitting in a Corporate banking meeting about 50 miles from home at 8:00 AM surrounded by really "motivated" company climbers in full butt-kissing mode: YES, YES we can achieve our goals---YES, YES we can MAX out our bonuses; YES, YES we're happy to work late......gag me. After 7 years of this I had to find a way out but with a wife, young daughter and a mortgage I wasn't sure how to do it. When I got back to my branch I found an article interviewing Vicki Robin about YMOYL and I was off to the races.
Pay off mortgage in 4 years (I live in the midwest-great housing for minimal amounts) and then save 50%+ of my gross income. Then wife goes back to work parttime and increase savings rate.
Eventually cut back to parttime and continue to build savings. Cut expenses to the bone and have MORE FUN. Lose 50 lbs. and the stupid cruises and trips to Disney.
The only real challenge is having an answer to the questions----"what do you do" and "I may have a job lead for you." HA!!!
I presume that most of the posters here are in their 20's or 30's and I must say that you're WAY ahead of my generation who, for the most part, are drowning in under water mortgages and an obesity epidemic.
I'm glad I found the ERE blog.