So, imagine this. If you grandparents had invested $10k (which was a lot back then) into the market say... in the 1960's... and wouldn't touch the investment, you could probably live off the dividend income alone. That is assuming it wouldn't get divided amongs many children and grandchildren. It all comes down to investing in companies that are strong in the long term and manage to keep increasing their EPS year after year. And compound interest... which is according to many people the easiest way to get rich, it just takes a long time to work. Wouldn't it be lovely to inherit a bunch of shares that would most likely make you financially independent from the very second you get them? And if the answer is yes, then doesn't it make sense to make that investment yourself so your children and grandchildren can enjoy their life without worrying about money? I guess what I am aiming at is, do you people think beyond your own lifespan when investing? Why/why not?