Somehow stumbled onto the subject of retirement savings at a recent work event. One of my co-workers shared that he maxes out his 401k each year and that his family continues to live on the level of income he had several years and two promotions in the past. Winning!
One of my coworkers kept complaining how every stock he picked was a sure fire loser, to the point that his previous boss made money betting against his picks.
So I shamed him occasionally on lunch walks for a couple months whenever he complained about the market. About a month ago he asked for which total market funds I put my money into in Fidelity and Vanguard. Since then he has come around to the total market approach rather than following the awful advice he kept believing from CNBC talking heads. He is also digging into the details of how much SSA he and his wife will get, how her pension works, the 4% rules, and re-evaluating whether the ~2.5% return he is getting on his rental properties wouldn't be better off in VTSAX.
I am pretty sure that if he wasn't such a softy about helping his kids out with cars, phones, Apple anything, college, and free rent he would be FIRE now and does not quite realize it. At the least I am pretty sure they would be more than OK just on his wife's salary since she really likes her job and does not want to retire for 10 more years regardless if they were FI. I am settling for the fact that he wants to beat my 8 year goal.
Just this week he jumped all over our boss on a lunch walk for not knowing at all what his retirement picture looked like. It was a sight to behold. Our boss was so intrigued and hungry for a road map to approach the subject that he decided not to take the short cut back to the office and finished the long loop with us. My coworker had done so much research after I got him fired up that I even learned a couple things over the 2 miles while he did the financial drill sergeant routine. It was quite the sight to behold. There is hope!