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I'm a Type A - How the Heck Will I Ever Retire? Paperback – October 4, 2013
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Debut author McIntyre is well-positioned to counsel the hard-charging, goal-oriented, perfectionist Type A personalities his book targets...What follows is his account of taking a very early retirement...and finding ways to fill his time with things that give broader meaning to his life. Along the way, in Type A fashion, he lays out a practical method for structuring the transition...(With the book) his good-natured, helpful nature wins out. --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Tim McIntyre retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge. Visit Tim at Type-A-Lifestyle.com.
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Tim did a great job at describing the journey, finding solutions and applying and living the solutions. There were a few speed bumps along the way but Tim eventually gets to a place that worked for him and could help us other type As to get there as well.
I like that Tim described his efforts at work, how he approached his job, handling small tasks at home, standing in line at a grocery store and someone knucklehead writes a check. I have lived it.
Tim also does a good job at describing his ups and downs in this adventure. He took several paths including possibly running a marathon, becoming a personal trainer, being a financial planner. The big item was the speaking to a counselor that said that Type As avoid dealing with or coming to terms with their feelings. I think Tim is right that we Type As try to keep ourselves so busy so we do not have to deal with our feelings.
Tim's book is not a technical journal. It is about a journey that many of us are riding or heading towards.
To me, this book is also a set of lessons on life. About how to think of your goals as a both a professional and your personal life. What it means to make commitments, what it means to set goals, and what "success" really is. I especially enjoyed the anecdotes about Tim's service as a hospital volunteer post-retirement and the lessons it taught him about happiness and fulfillment.
If you're a Type A of any age, you *need* to read this book. And even if you don't think of yourself as a strictly "Type A" personality, you'll find a great deal of guidance in its chapters.
This book does a great job of helping the reader deal with stress and anxiety related to retirement; however, the suggestions in this book are also very helpful for dealing with daily stress and anxiety. Specifically, I have found the author's suggestions to experience your emotions and quiet your mind to be very effective in coping with my daily stressors.
I highly recommend this book for anyone about to retire and anyone seeking ways to better cope with the struggles of everyday life.