The best news is that this is actually possible. You just need to decide right now that you are willing to put a little time in, understand a bit more about investment, and take the steps required to optimize your financial affairs. If you do, you have a far better chance than you ever realized of enjoying genuine financial freedom and doing so in less time than you think. I think it is worth noting that this is true even if you are already at or near retirement age. It is never too late to implement the ideas that follow.