It typically doesn't involve working for the rest of their lives.
In order to be able to retire comfortably, it requires financial planning.
In addition, it means that you have to start early.
As the saying goes, you're never too young to start.
This goes for retirement planning, too, even if you really don't want to think of retirement at an early age.
Retirement planning can be done through a bank, a financial advisor, or even through some basic research on the internet.
Many people have seen the charts of how saving a certain amount of money early with a bank can turn into hundreds of thousands of dollars over time because of the way interest accumulates.
This is still true.
Setting aside a little money every month while you are young will allow the interest to compound for longer.
So, if you are thirty and starting, you'll have more money than if you were forty or fifty and just starting the savings process.
If you have a job that offers 401k, enroll.
Whether this is going to be your career or simply a stepping stone, it's a very minor cost that you'll never even miss if you start with it immediately.
Even if you leave the company, you can roll the money into another 401k with another job or into an IRA account.
Plus, as you stay with a company, they match a portion of your contribution, which essentially means free money to you.
When you start savings early, you can have the time to make some bold moves that will pay off in the end.
Through 401k or through money market accounts, you can choose safe or risky stock.
Safe will ensure that your money stays where it is but may grow slowly.
Risky could pay off well and give you a jump start to savings.
It's risky though, because while it could do that, it could also set you back.
If you're a gambler, however, this is something that you can afford to do while you're young because you have plenty of time to make a comeback.
Retiring in your golden years, or earlier if you're lucky (or planned ahead) can be the greatest years of your life.
Enjoying time with the family, taking the vacations you've always dreamed of, and most importantly, being financially stable are all parts of retirement.
If you're not financially stable, then none of the rest is possible.
Social security may not even be around by the time the youth of today is looking to retire.
That means that retirement planning lies solely on the individual.
Saving, whether it's with a company sponsored 401k, a money market account for the stock market, or a good old-fashioned savings account, the key is to save.
Let interest compound and your company match your contributions.
In today's economy, many people who planned for retirement aren't ready to retire anymore.
People have lost their 401k because of a volatile stock market, companies have done away with pensions and social security is insecure.
Planning for retirement early means that you have the ability to bounce back in the event that something goes wrong.
Where you place your money, too, will determine whether it grows fast or slow and how safe it is in the event of a tragedy in the market or otherwise.