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Supercharged Retirement: Ditch the Rocking Chair, Trash the Remote, and Do What You Love Paperback – April 1, 2009

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About the Author

Mary Lloyd has been a pioneer since the age of nineteen--as a female geologist, as a woman executive in the energy industry, and now as a champion of a more meaningful, vibrant version of retirement. She is the CEO of Mining Silver, a company dedicated to providing resources for using the potential of the retired segment of the population more effectively. Mary offers presentations, coaching, program development projects, and seminars.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hankfritz Press (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979831938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979831935
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Louis D. Gonzales on May 9, 2009
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As a retiree, I was really moved by the rational manner Mary Lloyd lays out her retirement road map. Most retirement books address mostly the financial planning aspects and rarely the other (more personal) realities of retirement. She is "right on" when talking about how perpetual idleness is not what retirement is about, but instead recharging your life and learning new things daily. Are you happy with how you're using your time? Are satisfied with the "stuff" you have accumulated? Are you compatible with your partner in every way (now that you're going to be together 24/7)? How's your health? What do you want to next? These are all questions I needed to explore and Mary guided me through this in a simple, humorous and rational manner. I loved it!

Dr. Lou Gonzales (Sixty going on forty, really!)
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Super-Charged Retirement is a must read for those thinking about retiring or who have already entered into this next stage of their lives. The helpful exercises and practical advice help readers to think carefully about the years ahead which for many of us, due to extended longetvity, can be decades. My husband who is newly retired found this book invaluable as he moved from his job as a store manager for 30 years into retirement. He has discovered his true passion and found ways to invest his many talents and energy into something that is very meaningful for him. No sitting on the couch for him and wondering what to do for the rest of his life. He has a plan, and Mary Lloyd's wonderful book helped him figure out what that might be.
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By L. Woods on October 24, 2011
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I suppose if you have given absolutely no thought to what you might do in your retirement years, you might with much pain extract some small amount of material for thought from this book. Otherwise, there are really much, much better options for you. The author of this book seems to believe that the entire world is interested in knowing how she (by her own admission) messed up every possible aspect of preparing for her own retirement, including breaking up her family. There are so many details about her mistakes that nobody could care about that it seems a bit narcissistic.

And then there is the stilted writing style. With so many sentences. Like this. No verb. My goodness, I would have failed 7th grade English if I had turned in a paper written like that.

And then there is the just completely useless, boring information. In one chapter, she spends 8 full pages giving a U.S. citizenship knowledge quiz. What does that have to do with retirement planning??? Absolutely nothing, and the author even admits it herself, after telling us that she ripped off the test from her local newspaper: "Each time I've worked on this chapter, I've vacillated between taking this exercise out and leaving it in." Sadly, she made the wrong choice. Over and over. Again.

Then there are the chapter names, which are as uninformative as the contents of the chapters: "Nuts and Bolts and Other Physical Stuff", "Mental Monkey Bars", "Marshmallows, Icicles, and Prickly Things in the Dark", "Managing Zucchini", "Cut List for the Whole Enchilada". Is the author trying to lose a context for naming the worst vegan candy bar?
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Mary Lloyd's book, SUPERCHARGED RETIREMENT, prepares for retirement by providing common sense information, tools to put the information to work, and an assessment of yourself to know what you want to do for the rest of your life.

Mary's knowledge, enthusiasm, experience, energy, and humor all combine to make this book a "must read" for anyone retired or thinking about retiring.
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I loved this book from the very first pages. My biggest reason for still working was the thought of no longer having ways to use the skills it took a lifetime to aquire, I was also scared because I don't even want "hobbies" and have been lousy at every craft I ever attempted. Where would any personal feelings of accomplishment come from, without work? This book has answers. I have been retired one month today. All is fine
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This is a truly thought provoking view of retirement. I agree that you must have something meaningful in your life to go to after you "retire" from work. Sometimes that is a second career - something you do for love more than the money. Sometimes it's volunteer work for a cause near and dear to your heart. Sometimes it's just playing and spending time with your family. Basically, it's doing what is important and meaningful to you personally. It dovetails perfectly with my own definition of retirement - which I did at age 38. Highly recommend this book!
- Aimee Elizabeth, Author of Poverty Sucks! How to Become a Self-Made Millionaire.
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Perceptive questions throughout this workbook enabled discernment of a future yet to be realized. The retirement is not defined by society or age, but by our willingness to listen to God's desire for us to know the gifts of life.
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