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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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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

And now, for the NEXT chapter! I am back to writing novels. Widow Boy, a historical thriller set in Cripple Creek at the start of the gold rush, was published two days ago. It's available both in paperback and for the Kindle. I had fun writing this story. It's true to the time and place, but fast paced and a good read.

I'm not sure if there will be more books about retirement. (Two are already in draft form but just don't want to be born.) There are so many retirement resources now. Maybe it's time for me to focus totally on the fun of making things up.

But I did have to write about "how we do old." Pitching a screenplay to a young Hollywood agent who ignored me like I was plastic fruit was the catalyst. The way she reacted me made me start to see everything a whole new way: we are treating anyone who's old enough to stop working as if they don't exist any more. What a waste.

I retired at 47 to "write novels." (Don't do that. It's a flimsy plan.) I'm at the leading edge of the baby boom, so I learned early about the emptiness of all that leisure stuff you think will keep you happy and busy. The fiction writer I claimed I was going to be got lost in the travel and playtime that traditional retirement involves. It was brutally unfulfilling for me, but it took a long time for me to figure out that it was "retirement" that was screwed up, not me. I wrote Supercharged Retirement so others could avoid all the mistakes I made.

I grew up in Wisconsin but live in the Pacific Northwest now--after Idaho, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Nebraska, and Colorado. (It doesn't look like it but I really am a responsible adult.) I love to hike and garden and to spend time with my kids, grandkids, and sibs. I love to try new things, especially in unexpected ways.

Please do check out Widow Boy. It's a thriller set in the American West. I lived near Cripple Creek when the story began to form in my mind; I've walked the ground--literally. And please check back to see what I'm up to in the future. I'm terrible at doing the same thing again and again, so the next story will be different--as will the one after that. The one thing I will keep constant is my commitment to give you a good read. Thanks.

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Don't waste your money taking advice from this 'expert.'
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Enjoy Your retirement Its Your Last chance To get The Most Out Of Working Hard All Your Life.
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And then there is the just completely useless, boring information.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Louis D. Gonzales on May 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By C. Bonaro on May 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jean M. Graves on August 21, 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By procrastinator on March 2, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aimee Elizabeth on February 13, 2012
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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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