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Retire Smart, Retire Happy: Finding Your True Path in Life Paperback – September 1, 2003
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I find the book to be positive and tightly written, doing an excellent job of blending actual retirement scenarios with sage advice. And I'm convinced that the reason the book comes out so well is because the author, herself a retiree, knows of retirement transitions first hand.
"There is no one retirement story, just as there is no one single retiree and no single retirement path," she says. "Each story differs." But she also tells us that "Transitions are a process over time" and that "there is a structure that cuts across all transitions that can help you take charge."
Part of her advice is to use what she calls the "4 S System" of knowing one's Situation, one's Self, and one's Support as the basis for defining one's Strategies in seeking success via a retirement path.
And she defines five general categories of paths retirees take "as they proceed with the task of getting a new life." These are the "continuers," "adventurers," "searchers," "easy gliders," and "retreaters." Each of these categories is expanded upon and brought to life via stories of actual retirees.
Data for the book comes from interviews with 100 people and several focus groups, blended, as I've said above, with valuable insight collected by the author from her own retirement trek. One example of the latter comes within her initial retirement transition when she finds that "things finally began to gel for me.Read more ›
My personal favorite of the retirement books I've read so far is How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free by Ernie Zelinski. However, there is much valuable information included in Retire Smart, Retire Happy making it a worthwhile read for all those about to and already retired.
Dear Ms. Schlossberg:
I am quick to fire off letters of complaint. I send letters of praise only rarely. But I am sending you a letter of praise now for your book "Retire Smart Retire Happy."
I consider it the best of the three books of yours that I read. Is it really a better book? Or, is it because the topic is most meaningful for me? I don't really know. It is most thoroughly researched and well-organized, with a clear road map for the reader. Organizing the case studies must have been especially difficult, but it was done well.
I cannot say that it's a "good read," because a read-through is only the beginning. I shall have to go back to complete the questionnaires and ponder some of the responses long and hard.
As for carrying out the advice - that will be the hardest part. I feel as though I just completed a counseling course. Now I have to be able to recognize the "true path" or "paths," and attempt to traverse it/them.
You did a great job. This book should get wide dissemination. I certainly plan to talk it up.
Mildred K. Glazer
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Same stories of people's experiences that are in book after book. Not worth the kindle price. This category is missing something or I have not found it.Published 28 days ago by David H.
How to adapt to the changes in retirement that are smart and also make you happy.Published 13 months ago by Bert Ferren
Excellent book for people planning retirement - or already retired but with "issues". Workplace retirement seminars, in my experience, focus on financial security in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by margaret curtis
With so many books on this topic it is hard to say something new.
This book has a very good beginning talking about the process of retirement, the nature of transitions and... Read more
This author looks at retirement through a lens that focuses on the social, emotional, and self actualization aspects of this life change! Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Kay
A very useful short book applying psychological counselling processes to enable successful coping strategies in retirement. Examples well woven into the text. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Moim