Marc Hardekopf Is Retired… and He’s Only 37 – Not From the Lottery, Not From a Sold Technology Startup, Just by Stewardship. Wow, This Is a Lesson I Needed.

He was never among the 1%. He isn’t in the highest tax bracket, doesn’t drive a fancy car, never won the lottery or inherited from a wealthy relative. But Marc Hardekopf is 37 and retired. How’d he do it? If you ask him, he just did it with self-discipline and understanding: get a good job, work hard at it, max out retirement contributions. That’s a lesson in properly stewarding money we can all get behind.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.