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Smart Women Don't Retire -- They Break Free: From Working Full-Time to Living Full-Time Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 13, 2008
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"All women 50+ should read this book...regardless of where they are on their retirement journey!"
--Jeri Sedlar, Co-author, Don't Retire, REWIRE! and Senior Advisor to the Conference Board on the Mature Workforce
"Boomers are continuing to pioneer each stage of life----in the next decade a huge number of women will be making a work-related transition from a life time career to whatever comes next. They will need sage advice and the community of like minded women to ensure that their transition is a positive one. This book from The Transition Network provides a valuable orientation to this process; it is rich in practical advice and inspiring stemming from the stories of women who have just recently journeyed through and navigated this complex stage of their lives..."
--Jennie Chin Hansen,President-Elect, AARP
"The Transition Network (TTN)...is the only organization I know that zeroes in on the needs of successful women as they enter a new and productive transition in their lives...Now they have developed an invaluable handbook that spells out the challenges along the way, along with solid advice about how to meet them."
--Suzanne Braun Levine, first editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine and author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women is Second Adulthood
"Women are investing in their health by being part of the Transition Network-making the connections to explore retirement, finding new friends, and engaging in social and volunteer activities. This book will spread that message to women across the country."
--Dr. Eileen Hoffman, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine NYU School of Medicine, Specialist in women's health, pioneer in the field of gender-based medicine
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Filled with advice and narrative examples of women who've "been there," this book provides a long and wide plan to bridge that gap between work and retirement. First and foremost, it includes some practical advice on where one's financial condition fits into the overall scheme of things; in that sense this is a book that could be wisely considered by many woman not even that close to retirement, a chance to plan early and avoid unforeseen stress later. For those who haven't given it much thought, at whatever age, it gives some basic suggestions to preparing financially, which in turn allows one to decide whether one must continue to work part-time or can know the bills will be paid without having to work.
The "breaking free" portion of the book consists of analyzing what one has loved, hated or somewhere in-between felt about the work, people, attitudes, expertise, relationships, and so much more taken for granted during the working years of an average woman's life. It's a chance to shed off the slough and put on what works best, perhaps even adding some phases and aspects that one never had a chance to try. Will you work for yourself? for others? both? Remember - anything's possible now!Read more ›
It reminds you that life is not always about working full-time. There are so many other things that bring pleasure and security. I bought this book along with "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free" and reading both of them brought me a whole new perspective. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to retire early and not worry about the 9 to 5 druggery or the daily humilations we all feel in the workplace. Come to think about it the work place in America is one of the most overrated institutions we have. Breaking free (even if you were set free) is worth every second!
I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking of retirement. Remembering attitude is everything!
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Gail Rentch and the transition network nailed it with, "SMART WOMEN DON"T RETIRE THEY BREAK FREE". Read morePublished 16 months ago by sherry rubinsak
Haven't read yet, but looking forward to the subject matter.Published 17 months ago by Eleanor C. Miller
Smart women Don't Retire They Break Free is a insightful book that has been a great tool in planning retirement.Published on November 26, 2013 by Elisabeth Hinyub
Near the end of the movie, Shawshank Redemption, "Red" Redding the narrator (Morgan Freeman) has been paroled and is bagging groceries at a store. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by MMartini
As a young retiree who wants to do something different with my next 20 years, this was a book that I could relate to.Published on March 1, 2013 by L. Benson
Written for women executives....and only a small percentage of "smart women" are executives. I felt ripped
off ...Should have borrowed it from the lib!
There are lots of great ideas in this book, examples, and stories about the experiences of others who had been trying to "Figure it All Out" for themselves when beginning... Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Christine R. Williams
This book is great for any woman thinking or planning or afraid to face retirement for fear of making the wrong choice. Read morePublished on August 11, 2012 by Susan