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How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor
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Retirement does not have to mean the end of life?in fact it can mean a whole new beginning to the life you never had time to explore. In HOW TO RETIRE HAPPY, WILD, AND FREE, best-selling author Ernie J. Zelinksi shows that the key to enjoying an active and satisfying retirement is dependent on much more than just having adequate financial resources. It means paying attention to all aspects of life, including leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical and mental well-being, and solid social support. With its friendly format, lively cartoons, and captivating quotations, Zelinski?s guide offers inspirational advice on how to follow your dreams instead of someone else?s, how to put your retirement in proper perspective, and how to enjoy life after work.

Customer Reviews:

  • kudos for Ernie!
    Ernie's book, How to Retire, Happy, Wild and Free, was one of the first books I read on retirement planning. Personally, I found it delightful. So maybe books can be doom and gloom, but I loved his view point and attitude.

    As a retirement coach I look for optimism, positive attitudes and fun. Ernie provides all of that. If we can't have fun at this point in our lives, then we are in trouble!

    I know there are scary things out there, with 'what are you going to do with the rest of your life?' but I think we have choices with our attitude and our beliefs. I think Ernie helps us see another way of looking at our lives.

    There need not be any 'gloom and doom' as some folks think. Why do that when there is a much more fun alternative? Ernie's book give us that alternative. Read it....more info
    I have one more year to go until retirement and am working with this book yet again. The Retirement Tree is very useful and the "Three Important Needs" of structure, community and purpose I found quite powerful. As I started working the process outlined in Zelinski's book, a new venue opened up utilizing my spiritual training in a powerful way. Now, I can hardly wait for retirement! And my cousin and her husband are getting the book after I told her yesterday how helpful it is. I'm a psychologist and I've already recommended it or another of Zelinski's works to many of my patients. As I said, it's FUN as well as PRACTICAL!...more info
  • interesting book
    This is an excellent book on retirement...carol stanley author of For Kids 59.99 and Over...more info
    This is one of the better books on retirement. It's presented in a light, informal manner which I enjoyed. It's also a fast read. And with retirement looming one doesn't always have time to pour over a lenthy, dry book.

    I'sd recommend this book for the semi savvy near retiree. If you're a complete beginning without a lot of knowledge about saving or nivesting this may not be oyur best bet.

    And for anyone interested in getting a better return and finsding financial security i recommend The Millionaire Mind. The Millionaire Mind...more info
  • This book is as good as the authors first. Highly recommended for retirement planning.
    I read the author's first book and now this one. I highly recommend this book.
    it is both practical and thorough....more info
  • Early Retirement Book
    This book is certainly a new way of viewing life.

    I've found that How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free to be an interesting read.

    To start off here is what I liked about the book.

    Good parts of this book:
    -He questions conventional retirement wisdom.
    -He lists clever ways about how to lead a fulfilling life.
    -I enjoy the lists he's included in the book.
    -I like his attitude of take action.

    Less desirable parts of the book:
    -I would like to see more hard data (more facts and figures) included in this book.
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  • "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free..." is a new spin on retirement planning
    This book added new insights and perspective on retirement planning and what retirement means. A good read that's both fun, informative, and even inspiring. Anyone contemplating retirement should read this book (and the author's other book "The Joy of not working")....more info
  • Excellent book
    I've read many, many books on retirement, being an author of one myself The New Retirement: Revised and Updated: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Life.

    Mr. Zelinski's book is optimistic and fun, and promotes a positive aspect of retirement that I like - an opportunity to take control of your time. A good read that focues on some of the all-so-important (but often ignored) non-financial aspects of retirement....more info
  • Retirement is a state of mind rather than a time of life!
    As a Life Transition Coach who specializes in helping people prepare for and adjust to 'retirement' I am always on the look out for good materials to refer them to. Zelinski's "How to Retire" has become the staple that my clients are referred to again and again.

    You can tell this guy really knows how to live life. He has become a huge invitation for people to wake up and smell the burning rubber of their feet dragging on life's treadmill! Even for that small portion of the working public who actually enjoy their jobs, he presents some compelling arguments as to why 'retirement' is an appealing option to work.

    I'm someone who doesn't plan on a traditional retirement, yet there were times as I read Zelinski's thoughts and ideas about what's possible in retirement that it got me thinking that I may want to revise my plans at some point in the future.

    The distinction between "feel good" and "values based" happiness that Zelinski makes on p. 96 really caught my attention and I've already begun weaving the importance of this distinction into the coaching conversations I have with clients. In short, it highlights how the buzz that we get from spending money and 'accomplishing' things diminishes over time so that we have to spend more or do more in order to get the same release from it. One of those laws of diminishing return things. Compare that to the long term satisfaction and gratification we get from engaging things that hold meaning for us and you discover a kind of happiness that actually grows over time rather than diminishing over time. Very, very important for those caught in the web of illusion that golfing/fishing/shopping/traveling are going to sustain them when they retire.

    Zelinski encourages us all to consider retirement earlier rather than later and to begin to pay attention to the quality of our life's experience rather than single mindedly focusing on achieving more material success. He rightfully points out that many of us won't make it to some magical retirement date we anticipate in the future. And he is clear in helping us to notice that money alone is not going to buy us a satisfying, gratifying retirement experience.

    The only way that I think this book could be improved is with a bit more focus on the conversation about discovering the identity each of us has that typically lies buried beneath mountains of cultural conditioning. In my experience, folks who haven't ever really spent much time wondering "who am I under all these rules, anyway?" need a fair bit of support and encouragement to keep digging until they discover themselves. That being said, the many exercises and activities Zelinski's suggests are fine starting points for that exploration.

    I think that every workaholic in North America should be locked in a room with this book for as long as it takes for them to read it through and discover the big, exciting world that they are missing! And I don't know many people who couldn't benefit from absorbing a few of Zelinski's thoughts on the whole retirement subject....more info
  • Great Ideas in a fun to read book
    Great and true ideas in a fun to read format. Humor is priceless and so is the information unless you just want to sit in a rocking chair and watch life fade away.
    retirement can be the begining of a fun rewarding life instead of the beginning of the end.
    Must read for sure. I have sent copies of this book to friends who loved it as well....more info
  • Excellent Transaction
    I received the book in excellent condition and shipping was fast. Great to do business with!...more info
  • Best I've seen...
    As a "Professional" in the field, COACHLYON-THE Pre-Retirement Coach, I have found Ernie Zelinski's "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor" to be outstanding! So good, in fact, that I offer a Book Discussion / Coaching Group with it as our focus piece. It is not only informational, it's inspirational! I truly appreciate Ernie's 'out-of-the-box' approach, eclectic style and comprehensive content. I especially enjoy his wry sense of humor, generous use of well seasoned quotes, and spicy cartoons to give added flavor and substance to his hardy 'Recipe' for 'life after work'.

    Buy this book - buy two, and give one to your Financial Advisor!

    Richard A. Lyon, CEC
    COACHLYON-THE Pre-Retirement Coach
    Creator of "Creating Your Recipe for a Happier, Longer Life in Retirement"
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