How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers inspirational advice on how to enjoy life to its fullest. The key to achieving an active and satisfying retirement involves a great deal more than having adequate financial resources; it also encompasses all other aspects of life - interesting leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support.
In How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, bestselling author Ernie J. Zelinski guides you to:
Gain courage to take early retirement; in fact, the earlier the better.
Put money in proper perspective so that you don’t need a million dollars to retire.
Generate purpose in your retirement life with meaningful creative pursuits.
Follow your dreams instead of someone else’s.
Take charge of your mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Create and maintain great friends - a key ingredient for a great retirement.
Above all, make your retirement years the best time of your life.
With its friendly format and positive tone, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers retirement wisdom that you won’t get from your financial advisor. This wisdom will prove to be much more important for creating an active, satisfying, and happy retirement than how much money you have saved.
“To be sure, retirement books are a glutted field, but most focus on money and financial planning. They view the finish line as the last day of employment. That’s where Zelinski’s begins.” (National Post)
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Painful but valuable
I would recommend reading, not listening, to this book. That way you can skim through parts. I may not be the intended audience and didn't like the evangalistic approach or demonizing work. I enjoy the work I do, AND I'm looking forward to retirement.
This book really did get me thinking about retirement in a different way and I'm glad I stuck it out. But I found it painful to get through. I did like the second half better than the first half, when he gave practical suggestions.
The excited tone made this book hard to tolerate for me. I nearly gave up multiple times, and I really did pull the plug on my ipod after listening to the first 20 minutes.
- Kathy Nichols
Light and entertaining, interesting profiles
This review is based only on the audio edition.
Zelinsky's book is light-hearted and entertaining with a number of profiles of people who live full and satisfying lives within modest financial resources. Many of the recommended ideas are not necessarily unique, but the spirit of the book is engaging and fun. There are a wealth of titles in print which focus on the serious financial side of retirement. But I would recommend this title for a refreshing break from current (2012) economic worries and a little inspiration.
- Cheryl N.