Most of us, at one time or another, have thought about being a millionaire. Decades ago, when reporters would ask if someone could retire comfortably on one million dollars, the answer was “it depends” – and it still does today.

It is estimated that about 9% of Americans are millionaires, according to Zippia. While this is a small percentage, there are still many people who have hit that lofty number. But does that number guarantee you happiness? Does that number even get close to what you need to be financially independent? In most cases, it won’t.

As financial advisors, we at United Capital have spent a good amount of time around millionaires and multimillionaires. When we ask how they felt when they became millionaires, we’re told they felt no different than the day before. Having one million dollars in the bank is not the end-all that people make it out to be. It is not the magic number that we all must strive for to be able to retire. Many of us will need to have multiple millions to be able to stop working and be comfortable and confident.

Instead of setting a goal based on status, set a goal based on what you will need. How much money do you and your loved ones need to be able to say that you are working only because you want to? That is how we define financial independence. That is a nice thought – having enough money that work becomes optional. For you, it may be one million dollars, or it may be much more. Set a goal based on your needs. Create an in-depth financial plan that builds your dream life and factors in the unexpected. You might find that a million dollars just doesn’t cut it anymore.

This commentary contained herein is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as tax, legal or investment advice. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Clients should obtain their own tax, legal or investment advice based on their circumstances. The material is based on sources deemed reliable but is not guaranteed.

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