I got my first paycheck job at age 12 delivering newspapers and worked at many things until landing a great job teaching college at age 38. I retired at age 64 when I reached the Rule of 90 ( full pension when years of service and age equal 90).
Income from my pension, from the Bullfrog farm, and from paid off residential rental properties provided plenty to enable me to delay taking Social Security until I turned age 70 two months ago. SS increases by 8% each year that you delay taking it until age 70.
I now have residual income from the pension, the rentals, SS, and soon the Bullfrog farm from which I am transitioning into a consulting role. In less than two years I will be required to start taking money from my tax deferred savings plans, which will increase the residual income even more.
I guess I did it the long slow way, and that "God laughs when men make plans", nevertheless, we all age out, so we have to do what we can in the meantime.