Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ernie Zelinski's newest publication, entitled HOW TO RETIRE HAPPY, WILD, AND FREE (Ten Speed Press, 2004), is intended for pre-planners, retirees, and those who dream about leaving the restrictions of the daily grind. His often whimsical, yet essentially practical ideas are meant to assist in our making the best of life's pleasures. Like his very successful THE JOY OF NOT WORKING (Ten Speed Press, 2003), HOW TO RETIRE HAPPY, WILD, AND FREE is well thought out, upbeat, and a delight to read. Anyone contemplating retirement -- and I guess that means all of us -- could take a page from Zelinski's book about lifestyle considerations to make the daily activities in our new "life after work" not only full of purpose, but also full of enjoyment. This book is a primer on how the many opportunities found in retirement can help each of us be the person we always knew we were but were too busy to realize...
I'd like to use the expression "right on the money" to characterize Zelinski's suggestions, but after completing this book or any of his others, readers will know that money is not the touchstone for a comparison. As Zelinski himself tells us: "the biggest mistake you can make with your retirement planning is to concentrate only on the financial aspects" (p.2)...Zelinski is methodical in revealing ways for us to be so engaged.
I highly recommend that you purchase and read HOW TO RETIRE HAPPY, WILD, AND FREE. This is one book that will prepare you to keep smiling.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I recently purchased two books to help me plan my retirement. Having just read both books, I can't recommend "How Retire Happy Wild Free". This book is a collection of good ideas with a number of anecdotes. The ideas are all fine but they are presented over and over again with different words and perspectives. It was generalization on what pending retirees can consider. I was bored with the book after the second chapter. It was not what I was looking for.

I much preferred "What Color is Your Parachute - for Retirement". This book provides "big picture" on how the meaning of retirement is changing in our times and how this effects the choices we all have. Moreover, the book contains a number of exercises for all readers. These exercises are fun; when I did them they helped me to take stock of my choices and preferences in my life so far. They enabled me to take a more proactive approach to actually plan my retirement. Reading this book was like a "personal workshop" on what would give my life the most meaning over what I hope will be 20+ years that I have left. "How Retire Happy Wild Free" did not provide this kind self understanding.
44 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
I disagree completely with the few who found this book unhelpful. The main purpose of it is to downplay the money aspect and give the reader ideas on how to cope with an abrupt change in a daily schedule. It states clearly that it is NOT a finance only book but one geared towards how to actually live a good retirement. I had to quit my job at 58 for medical reasons and was not expecting to feel so empty. I had dreamed of retirement for years and all the things I could do with that extra time but I soon fell into the sit on the couch and watch TV trap, without even realizing it. How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free showed me that these are normal feelings and can be overcome. This book is so encouraging I couldn't wait to get out and do things and I plan on sending a copy to my friend who is in the same circumstances. Not everyone, including me, is lucky enough to be able to save hundreds of thousands of dollars for retirement and Ernie gives suggestions for activities that are low-cost or no cost yet spiritually fulfilling. And even if you did save a huge amount of money, chances are you will still need to read this book. Because you won't know how retirement will affect you until you actually get there.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
I have found this book to be a really good companion to the author's The Joy of Not Working.

I highly recommend the author ealier book, to be followed by this book, to corporate rats who are aspiring to take a plunge into "creative unemployment."

For the uninitiated, "creative unemployment" is living a more exciting and rewarding life through plorking i.e playing and working at the same time.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
The book was terrific - it made me think about the non-financial aspects of retirement and opened a view of what exciting things will lie ahead if I will come out of the box of my routine life! It helped me see that there is more to life than cashing the next paycheck! I have given this as gifts and recommended it to many - one person told me that he got it for Christmas and just a little ways into the book decided to retire within the year - mandatory reading!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
42 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2013
Verified Purchase
Very folksy book but not what I needed.,..the usual stuff about volunteering, finding a creative endeavor, importance of friends, that you really don't need a ton of money to retire, money doesn't bring happiness in retirement etc....everything you pretty much already know. It seems to be geared toward people thinking of taking early retirement in their 50's...so I think it was written before the financial crash. Also seems to be written by a Canadian. Obviously the author found what he loved to do after retirement...write! He's probably made tons of money selling this book to people like me. I wish I could get my money back... Next time I'll try to get a copy from the local library. It was the book title that suckered me into buying it....but it didn't speak to my type of wildness. I've already gotten a cabin in the NYS woods for my retirement and am truly leading the wild and free life.

I think the thing that bothered me most about the book is that it is all about filling your life up with "Doing" (hobbies, volunteering, etc.) and there is very little about "Being"....one retires to get away from the incessant need to DO doesn't one?
1414 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2006
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This book is an entertaining read but there are large chunks of word by word identical passages with his other book "The Joy of Not Working". One book is a good read, reading both feels repetitive. Since this is the newer of the two, its the one I would recommend.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
Having been a financial advisor for more than 30 years, it is a refreshing relief to find a book that does not focus on the monetary issues of retirement. As principal of a company that helps people "design the best years of their life" this book is an excellent primer that is also entertaining. Contrary to the sub-title there is a slowly increasing number of advisors who have an equal focus on retirement lifestyle planning as they do on pure financial planning. The style of read is "appealing." This book will encourage the baby boom generation to explore what is possible for them in retirement, to be more and to contribute more to their communities. Life Planning Matters distributes this book to its clients - it makes a great gift!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free is a wonderful book. The other reviews listed here, say it all but I just had to add my two cents. Though I am a few years off from retirement age, I want to be prepared and the author has done much of the groundwork.

Mr. Zelinski has been helpful in enlightening my 'field of vision' to better prepare me for life lived on the road to the golden years. I especially appreciated the quotations he has gathered to drive his points home to the reader.

Thank you for sharing your insights with us. You are helping us all to make our trip to retirement a journey worth anticipating and appreciating.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2011
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Almost every book on retirement seems to focus almost exclusively on the monetary aspects of retirement, and completely neglects one of the most important questions that people need to consider -- i.e., what do I want my life to look like after I stop working? This book fills that niche, covering topics such as social interaction, creating structure in your day, lifelong learning, travel, and health. Zelinski's main proposition is that without planning and creating structure, people are at risk of spending their retirement years sitting in front of the television; however, with planning and creativity, retirement can be the most rewarding time of life. I especially liked Zelinski's "Get-A-Life Tree," which challenges readers to think about what they enjoy doing now, what they have enjoyed doing in the past and what they have thought of doing in order to give them ideas on what might be rewarding for them in retirement.

One important caveat -- although Zelinski does briefly cover the financial aspect of retirement, I found his attitude toward finances to be cavalier to say the least. His basic premise is that you should retire as soon as possible and if it turns out that you cannot afford to get by working part-time or less, just go out and work full-time for awhile. I think in today's economy, such an approach is reckless. Therefore, I would NOT recommend this book for people looking for guidance on financial planning for retirement. However, if you are looking for some thought-provoking ideas on what to do with your retirement years, this book will get you thinking.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this also viewed
What You Don't Know About Retirement
What You Don't Know About Retirement by Bill Dodds (Paperback - May 1, 2000)
$4.67

Retirement Is a Full-time Job: And You're the Boss!
Retirement Is a Full-time Job: And You're the Boss! by Bonnie Louise Kuchler (Hardcover - January 15, 2009)
$10.39

 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Your Recently Viewed Items and Featured Recommendations 
 

After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in.