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Live Long and Prosper: Invest in Your Happiness, Health and Wealth for Retirement and Beyond Paperback – November 22, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0471683445 ISBN-10: 0471683442 Edition: 1st
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GET THE MOST OUT OF LIFE

In Live Long and Prosper!, Steve Vernon unveils a new way of thinking that will truly help you live a more happy, healthy, and prosperous life. Based on the latest research and planning strategies typically reserved for large corporations, it will help you answer these important questions:

  • Do you have enough money to retire?
  • How can you manage your income and expenses so you don't outlive your 401(k) balances?
  • How can you invest in your health, so that you won't be wiped out by large medical expenses and are able to live a long, comfortable, and productive life?
  • What can you expect from Social Security and Medicare?
  • What's the best work/life balance for prosperity and fulfillment?

Live Long and Prosper! will help you move beyond the traditional view of retirement and begin planning for the rest of your life.

About the Author

STEVE VERNON is a Vice President of Watson Wyatt Worldwide, one of the largest human resources consulting firms, with eighty-eight offices in thirty-one countries. For thirty years, he has helped some of America's largest corporations design, finance, administer, and communicate their retirement programs. For more information, visit www.restoflife.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471683442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471683445
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Anne Fields on January 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a Life Coach who helps retirees live their dreams in retirement, whatever retirement looks like to them. Steve Vernon's book is in my permanent collection. It is easy to read and well laid out. The first part of the book covers what I call the soft side of retirement; what will your retirement life look like and how can you make it the best years of your life. The middle part is about saving and investing and how to determine how much you will need. The end ties all this together. It has lots of information based on facts and research that I found very helpful. While I'm not sure I've found the perfect retirement book yet, his is worth reading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Sage on December 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. It offers real help in answering two questions that are important to me: When can I retire? And will I be able to afford the world travel and other activities I enjoy during my "rest of life"? In this book, Steve Vernon applies sophisticated analytical tools to individual retirement planning --- tools that are usually reserved for the biggest company pension plans. Yet this is no dry actuarial text. He mixes in a hearty dose of humor and good sense advice for balancing health, wealth and happiness. I will be giving copies of the book to family and friends this Christmas. "Live Long and Prosper" will be a holiday greeting to people I care about. And it just may inspire a few New Year's resolutions.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dinah Berland on January 19, 2005
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The first thing I did after putting down Steve Vernon's book was to sock more money away in my 401(K). I've also decided that if my employer doesn't go for the "phased retirement" plan that Vernon puts forth in this very readable map to the "rest of life," then I'll just use some of my vacation time to construct my own four-day work week, at least in the summer, and start my own "rest of life" right now! So you could say that "Live Long and Prosper" has changed my outlook on life. What more could you ask from a retirement manual?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Grubbauer on December 14, 2004
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This engaging, user-friendly book is unique among other retirement or self-help guides, as it helps us develop an integrated approach to our rest-of-life: being prepared is not just about the money. "Live Long & Prosper" provides intricate data and information in an approachable style, while it raises questions that guide us toward adopting a wholisitc approach to enjoying a healthy, gratifying, and abundant lifestyle. By following Steve Vernon's explorations, explanations, and tools, we are motivated and empowered to design our future now!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John ROBERTSON on January 1, 2005
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This book answered all my questions about "what should I do about retirement."

A blow by blow account of how much money, heart and mind should go into "the rest of your life."

I strongly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ron Littler on December 17, 2004
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Steve takes a very positive approach to daaling with intimidating subjects, like having enough money in retirement. This book takes a step (or three) back and discusses quality life after the traditional working phase. Aside from providing perspective on the the role income and savings play during this time of life, there are concrete suggestions regarding investments, insurance and methods of generating income and cutting expenses. It's interesting to see how much income you can expect from your savings after retirement.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda C. Eckholm on December 8, 2004
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Live Long and Prosper presents an evolutionary view of the "rest of life" for readers to consider. This book is for everyone, but is a must-read for anyone currently in the workforce and planning for retirement. It's a fascinating read and will lead you to ask introspective questions about your finances, your health and your life-style which will help you enjoy life to the fullest both now and later. You'll be surprised what you're missing! Excellent New Year's resolution material.
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