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The Power Years: A User's Guide to the Rest of Your Life 1st Edition
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The Power Years is your step-by-step guide to repowerment and personal reinvention after forty. In this unique guidebook, world-renowned psychologist and leading authority on aging Ken Dychtwald and award-winning journalist Daniel J. Kadlec combine their decades of cutting-edge research and reporting to reveal how you can make the Power Years the best years of your life-- by far. As we baby boomers move into the next stage of life, we now have the opportunity to experience a mold-shattering period of reinvention and personal growth, career liberation, nourishing relationships, and financial freedom. The Power Years helps us envision and embrace this new chapter of life as we develop a carefully thought-out plan for personal fulfillment.
Sharing the inspiring stories of fascinating people as well as plenty of prescriptive advice, the authors reveal how you can: Rediscover your life's purpose Find a new balance between satisfying work and enjoyable leisure Thrive in the home and location of your dreams Rekindle long-held passions and/or find new interests Rediscover and forge vital relationships Keep your financial life running smoothly Contribute to society and leave a lasting legacy Have fun again!
From staying connected with your kids, family, and friends to going back to school for the fun and challenge of it, from finding new companions to volunteering, from exploring a new career to traveling the world, The Power Years is your complete road map toliving your best possible life-- right now. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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For example, regarding the work chapter, the author postulates that there will be a work shortage and companies will hire baby boomers to fill the gap. Well, that is speculative with globalism. Those jobs may be outsourced. Most are low paying. Many of my highly qualified friends are unable to find jobs despite retraining. Yes, there may be Wal-Mart jobs but is this your retirement dream? The work chapter sounds a lot like most "Do what you love" books. But doing what you love is often best as a hobby not to furnish needed income. These and other issues facing boomers who want meaningful work into their 70s are not addressed. I could pick apart other chapters in the same manner.
The book is generally good, although a lot of the subject matter is common knowledge (people are living longer, Social Security is in a financial pit, etc.), it does seamlessly blend the social and societal impacts of longer life with the financial issues involved. Although I don't agree with the authors on everything, their points are well taken and worth listening to.
The book is very good at citing websites that contain much valuable information for people interested in business and retirement related lifestyle changes, and is especially strong with the theme of education. Chapter seven concerns financial planning and is a good, but very general overview. If you really want to understand this subject, you will need to buy a separate book. I also urge readers to be very cautious about the recommendations the authors make regarding annuities.
I was born in late 1964, so demographically I get lumped in with the baby boom generation. The friend that gave me this book was also born in 1964, and while we both are technically baby boomers, we both identify far more with the succeeding generation. One of the detractors of this book (and indeed some other books that I have read by boomers) is an occasional smugness about being a boomer.Read more ›
Contents: Welcome to the Power Years; New Ways to Have Fun; Rediscovering and Forging Vital Relationships; Creating Your New Dream Job; Lifelong Learning Adventures; Where and How to Live; Achieving Financial Freedom; Leaving a Legacy; Author's Note; Notes; Index
Dychtwald and Kadlec explore the time of your life between 55-ish and beyond, referred to as the "Power Years". The kids are out of the house, retirement is looming, and you no longer have the daily demands on your time and attention that you had in your 30s and 40s. Instead of looking at this time period as one of "checking out" and rocking on the porch, they advocate a complete mental shift. You can now explore parts of your personality and interests that were logistically difficult before. Maybe it's going back to school or taking a few classes in an area that interests you. It could be travel or house-swapping with someone else in order to see other parts of the country or world. It may even involve the continuation of your working efforts. But the thought is that you can either work at something else without the demands of advancement, or you can continue what you currently do because you have a passion for it. The key is being able to do something that you *want* to do, not that you *have* to do.
Most of the approaches in the book work much better if you've been planning financially for your power years.Read more ›
Much of the content of Dychtwald's book validated what I already knew about the "third-age" - we'll be living longer and healthier, we'll have new freedoms, we'll have clout in the marketplace (as members of the largest population bubble - the boomers), we'll be open to change, we can't depend on Social Security, etc. Some of the chapters gave me something to look forward to "See, Feel, Taste and Touch the World", "Lifelong Learning Adventures". The chapter on "Achieving Financial Freedom" wasn't particularly helpful, but maybe that's because I've already spent a considerable amount of time researching and considering that topic already.
If you're entering your "Power Years", hoping to rediscover life's purposes, find a balance between work and leisure, find new interests, leave a legacy or any of the latent desires and wishes we hold for our later years, the book is a good primer, will provide plenty of food for thought and ideas, and will kick-start your journey into the "power years".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book frames most of the ideas of how to break out and break free in terms that were true for a brief period in 2005 and 2006. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Jon S.
I am an investment professional. I pass this book out to my clients who are approaching retirement. Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by Fredsvx
I loved this book for two reasons. First, it is a great source of ideas for planning or exploring the next phase of life if you happen to be a boomer. Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by Greg Ferguson
This book is a must read for any baby-boomer actively planning the "second career" phase of their life. Read morePublished on February 13, 2007 by Robert D. Scott
This guy is totally out of touch with reality. He is trying to rewrite reality so that the we give HIM power through the money he hopes we will spend on his book. Read morePublished on March 28, 2006 by Mike Th
I thought his book provided good tips and was an easy read. I was a little disappointed with the section on financial management, and I thought he spent to much time on trying to... Read morePublished on March 16, 2006 by Harry Stonefield
This is truly one of the most inspirational books I've ever read. It really motivated me to re-engage myself with my family, community and career. Read morePublished on February 2, 2006 by Paige M.