- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Visions International Publishing; 13426th edition (September 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 096941949X
- ISBN-13: 978-0969419495
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 901 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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- 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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In short, "Happy, Wild and Free" is another winner by Zelinski for retiree readers, and it can serve as a great "only" retirement book for those who are looking for that. I can't imagine anyone feeling they don't get their money's worth from reading the book.
Just a read of the preface may be worth the price of admission. Here we find a good overview of the subject of retirement, with some first-class comments to boot: "Retirement is the perfect time to become the person you would like to be and do the things you have always wanted to do." "Retirement can be both exciting and demanding, bringing new challenges, new experiences, and new uncertainties." "...retirement is the last opportunity for individuals to reinvent themselves, let go of the past, and find peace and happiness within." "Despite the bad press that retirement sometimes gets, there has never been a better time to be retired in Western nations." And the one I like the best: "The most fortunate of retirees are those who through good planning, experimentation, and risk-taking succeed in making retirement the best time of their lives."
I just don't think the elements of this retirement insight and advice gets any better any place else. I truly believe that Zelinski is the reigning guru on retirement, and I have since I first found and read, "The Art of Retirement." If Zelinski didn't exist, I think we would have to have invent him. But he's saved us the trouble with his combination of fantastic books on retirement.
The major criticism of the book is that, for me, the flow of chapters and even the flow of sections within the chapters does not work. The collection of chapter sections, I think, could probably be randomly placed with the same eventual result. It's not like one section logically follows the other, nor positively belongs in one chapter rather than another.
And, as I look back through my notes in the book, I find words I've written such as "sophomoric," "irrelevant," "repetitive," "dumb," and "weak." I simply do not find all sections of the book to be at the level I want them to be. But that's it. That's all of my criticisms. To me the reader is free, after reading the preface, to read through the rest of the book, remembering quotes and advice and insight along the way, finding sections that he or she finds valuable and to be favorites, ignoring those found not to be worth the read.
The flaws that I see should not prevent most from finding the bulk of the book to be well worth the effort. I highly recommend this book as a gift to oneself and/or for others. I don't think it gets any better than Zelinski when you look for books on the subject of life after work.
I recommend the book for anyone under 27 years old because they are young enough to embrace the ideals of this book and shift their lives accordingly. They can choose to live the life their heart calls them too instead of the life the MBA drives them, too. After 27 years of age people get buried in delusions about the supposed necessities of life.
I also recommend the book for people over 50. These people are now wise enough to know better and can embrace the attitudes of Zelinski's retirement long before they stop working for money. His definition of retirement is all about following your heart and is not based much on working for a living or not. Retirement is a state of mind, and you can apply many of the ideas in the book today to make your life happy, wild, and free.
Zelinski is inspiring. Zelinski knows we are all creative; I agree. I am constantly urging my patients to have some creative pursuit in their lives. Here is what he says from the book:
Once you retire, you too can reclaim your creative spirit and find an artistic pursuit that will ignite your inner fire. Your artistic pursuit -- whether it's painting pictures, writing poetry, or making pottery -- will rekindle a part of you that has been suppressed for years by the structure of a job and the routine of daily life. Not only can it make you feel more alive, an artistic pursuit can constitute the primary reason for your being.
Ninety-five percent of books on retirement are about how to plan financially for the event, and they ignore the spirit of the matter. Zelinski goes for the heart as he always does. He shows oodles of evidence demonstrating money has little to do with satisfaction in retirement. It is about finding meaning in your life. It's about living happy, wild, and free. Isn't that something that would be useful at any age? It's what I want for you and for me. That and being able to wear aloha shirts or the equivalent whenever you want. Cha!
From my experience, this is precisely what younger generations are striving to do by changing the dynamics of working by focusing more on life goals, vacations, spending time with families and hobbies. I would think you would be hard pressed to find many in the younger generations who strive to work their careers and have it be the only thing that defines them. My parents generations have fallen into the trap of 'working for corporations' and are finding themselves nearing retirement without other retirement activities, so I can see where this would have helped them 15 years ago.
If you are looking for advice you won't get from your financial advisor about retirement, maybe you have the wrong financial advisor: this book certainly doesn't help with that.