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My Next Phase: The Personality-Based Guide to Your Best Retirement Hardcover – September 26, 2007

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About the Author

The company My Next Phase has helped thousands of people planning for retirement develop a practical plan for this next stage of their lives. Co-founder Eric Sundstrom is an applied psychologist and a consultant for companies such as AT&T, Exxon, and PepsiCo. Co-founder Randy Burnham is a clinical psychologist. Founder Michael S. Burnham is the CEO of My Next Phase and an entrepreneur who has started several successful companies.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (September 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446581178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446581172
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
You just may "flunk retirement" without this book. The authors say there is more to preparing for retirement than just accumulating a nest egg. My Next Phase is a non-financial handbook that will guide you to a better retirement by addressing your psycho-social profile. The authors undertake to help you in the discovery of self-understanding that is critical to a successful retirement.

Seven short quizzes address 7 personality traits that tell you about you. Each one gives a score, tells what that score means, and the affect it will have on your retirement planning. You will find out things about yourself that may be surprising. It is these unknown traits that will trip up a happy retirement.

This book is aimed at the `baby boomers' but it will help those already in retirement to make beneficial changes. Even though this is a non-financial guide, the authors state that having a clear plan that considers all facets of a person, his life-style, needs and personality traits, will also have a favorable bearing on his financial future.

This is not a book to read quickly in a weekend but a handbook to take in slowly and give thought to the points being made. Each chapter with its self-discovery quizzes is a building block in your retirement planning. At the end of the book is a planning template to write goals for your retirement.

With lots of examples and cartoons scattered throughout, My Next Phase is easy to read and understand. There are over ten pages of Resources listed under subject headings such as Travel, Health, Mental Challenge and Work Support. These headings are also the headings in the template for goals in retirement.

Overall, this book is for the ready-to-retire to the already retired. It will make you think about areas of your life that you did not realize would be issues in retirement.

Armchair Interviews says: Highly recommended for a successful retirement.
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Format: Hardcover
Looking within yourself and analyzing your personality is key to figuring out not just what you want to do in reitirement but who you want to be. This is what this book is all about. The authors have real-life experience with this subject, having helped many people through this difficult transition, and it comes through loud and clear in the various chapters. Too many books on retirement are full of platitudes. Not this one. Part II, "Understanding the seven personality traits that determine your best retirement" provides a good stgructure for meaningful self-analysis. As the suthors point out, too many people confuse retirement with a permanent vacation, and wind up miserable as a result. Anyone reading this book and doing the exercises will not make this mistake, and will be better prepared for their future life.
John Trauth, Author, Your Retirement, Your Way
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The 7 Personality quizzes are obvious, but it never hurts to take another look at yourself or to take another quiz. The pg 10 R U ready for retirement was alright; but forget the 2 weblinks in the book. They were shut down in 2011; so no additional information for you. Pg 118-121, Look Back at 9-question on fond memories quiz and 10-question Dream Forward quiz were insightful. Pg 170 who are your role model quiz, that was an interesting approach. A few pages are screwed up, with typos and mistakes. The 2 creative tools on pg 126 and the brainstorm advice on pg 120 helpful. I still don’t have a plan, but it’s given me something to think about. Therefore, I recommend the book. I can't tell if all of the examples help or hurt, after awhile it was a soap opera and it was amusing when the book would say, remember Pamela's situation; okay I think I read about her in chapter 4.
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Format: Hardcover
Reading this book leads you to reflect upon your own personality (and that of a significant other if you have one) and helps you to be more successful in retirement. Thinking about roles in retirement (especially if you are part of a couple) is extremely important, as well as the lifestyle you want to lead after leaving a primary career.

As an expert and author on retirement myselfThe New Retirement: Revised and Updated: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Life, and as a woman with a retired husband, I can assure you that this is an area that should be thought about and discussed prior to retirement.
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A psychologist friend recommended this book to me when she learned that I was planning to retire. That was excellent (FREE!) advice, which I am sharing here. My Next Phase includes many exercises that encourage you to really think about what you'll do when you're no longer working and have days to fill. What will you do to make your life fulfilling when your title no longer means anything. Not a book you will need to read cover to cover but one that you can skim for the material that's pertinent to your own situation.
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Format: Hardcover
Good information, but a little too obvious. It re-enforces what you probably already know. But it also puts a good spin on things. Good book to start you off on you next journey in life.
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As with many Kindle books I have purchased, the graphics are TERRIBLE (charts, maps, etc.). They cannot be read at any magnification. Whoever is responsible for copying graphics from the hard copy books into the Kindle format is in desperate need of a performance review.
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