There are standard actions that you can take to increase your chances of being able to retire early. These include living below your means and avoiding debt and lifestyle inflation. There are more controversial actions that you can take as well, like not having kids and prioritizing a partnership with someone who shares similar goals and ideas about frugality and work.
I want to propose another tool:
try it out
Not everyone is well-suited for early or even traditional retirement. Mini-retirements are recurring blocks of time off from work, usually one to six months long. They are frequently used for immersive travel experiences but are flexible in application. Use them to taste the freedom that retirement brings and to determine if and how you want to plan for more.
It would be a shame to spend a decade or more of your life working hard toward early retirement only to arrive and discover that it’s not what you expected. Intersperse mini-retirements throughout your career and see how it feels to have your time be yours. If that taste of freedom makes you hungry for more, focus that hunger on the relentless pursuit of financial independence and early retirement.