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How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor Paperback – September 1, 2009
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From the Back Cover
- Nancy Paradis, St. Petersburg Times, Florida
"To be sure, retirement books are a glutted field, but most focus on money and financial planning. They view the finish line as the last day of employment. That's where Zelinski's begins."
- Jonathan Chevreau, National Post
About the Author
Ernie J. Zelinski is an international best-selling author, speaker, and prosperity life coach who inspires adventurous souls to create their own ways to live prosperous and free.
Ernie is the author of the international bestsellers "The Joy of Not Working" (over 250,000 copies sold and published in seventeen languages) and "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free" (over 175,000 copies sold and published in nine languages), two life-changing books that have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world live happier and more satisying lives.
Ernie's core message -- that ordinary people can attain out-of-the-ordinary results and make a difference in this world -- is at the heart of his work. Ernie deeply believes in the powers of creativity and well-intentioned action -- instead of hard work -- as the most important elements for how ordinary individuals can attain extraordinary success and remarkable prosperity.
Ernie's 15 creative works -- published in 22 languages in 29 countries -- have now sold over 750,000 copies worldwide.
Feature articles about Ernie and his books have appeared in major North American newspapers including USA TODAY, Oakland Tribune, Boston Herald, The Washington Post, Toronto Star, National Post, Vancouver Sun, and The Wall Street Journal.
Ernie's latest books include the inspirational novel "Look Ma, Life's Easy: How Ordinary People Attain Extraordinary Success and Remarkable Prosperity" and its companion "Life's Secret Handbook: Reminders for Adventurous Souls Who Want to Make a Big Difference in This World". to 2,000 executives and scholars attending its 17th annual convention in Istanbul.
Ernie speaks on the topics of early retirement, prosperity, book marketing, and creativity. The Turkish Society for Quality recently spent over $20,000 to have Ernie speak about "The Joy of Not Working".
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I probably drove many of friends and family crazy with my constant questioning, when do you know you're ready to retire? My job was one that I liked and gave me much satisfaction, yet my baby boomer age was catching up to me. This book helped me to see that there is much more to life than just working. Not that working is bad, but if I wanted to do something besides work, I better do it while I still had my health, desire and time.
Encouraged by this book to retire, I did a couple of months ago. Before I left my job, I agonized over my decision and the 6 weeks notice that I gave, dwelling on whether I was doing the right thing. I left my employer with a suitable replacement and was treated well by everyone in the great retirement party and gifts they gave me. Being able to retire when I chose was important to me and helped close that chapter in my life.
On my first day of retirement, and everyday since, I feel like a tremendous burden has been lifted from my shoulders! Ok, I really liked my job and when I was working I didn't really see it as burdensome, but being set free from the yoke of work is a feeling that is hard to describe. I no longer have to please demanding customers, give employee reviews and correction or be concerned about lawsuits and workers comp issues. Do I miss work? No, not one bit!
This book gives a ton of practical advice that I had been unable to find in my many hours of searching about retirement. I read this book twice before I retired and still read it for it continues to be uplifting and encouraging with great suggestions on what to do with life.
I would encourage anyone that has even thought about retirement or is retired now, to read this book. Highly recommend.
I read this book about six weeks into my retirement, and while there are a few inspiring ideas, most of it is just a litany on the importance of finding a passion in life so you don't spend your retirement watching TV. (Duh.) And it's reiterated in umpteen different ways, making the redundancy rather boring. Zelinski cites numerous studies throughout the book to prove his various points but is extraordinarily vague on the sourcing, so one wonders about their legitimacy. A more careful, responsible and ethical author would have footnoted each of them with specific citations.
In addition, he liberally sprinkles into the text fan letters he has received from readers of previous books he has written. Sometimes it felt like I was reading an ad for his oeuvre. But I slogged through it to the end--only to be rewarded with even more fan mail.
I am being generous in giving it three stars, rather than two. There is some good advice in the book, but you have to wade through a lot of other stuff to find it. If you have no friends, interests, hobbies or activities you now do outside of work, then this book may offer some insight as to how to spend your newfound free time during retirement. But if you already have a life, so to speak, outside the office, don't waste your money on this book.
P.S. The author brags that he failed college English 101 three times and yet has still managed to write many books. I assume he passed on the fourth try, but he should have paid closer attention. There are enough blatant grammatical and punctuation errors throughout the book to make this English major wince—a lot. Where was his editor? Where was his old textbook from English 101?