- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Revised edition (September 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781580085526
- ISBN-13: 978-1580085526
- ASIN: 1580085520
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 254 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked- 21st Century Edition Paperback – September 1, 2003
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"Ernie Zelinski helps others find time to live.
-- Fawn Fitter, Career Writer, Boston Herald
"In The Joy Of Not Working, Zelinski explains how to
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-- Don Oldenburg, Career Writer, Washington Post
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About the Author
Ernie Zelinski is a Best-Selling Author, Innovator, Content Creator, Professional Speaker, and Unconventional Career Expert with more than 25 years of experience in creative marketing, solo-entrepreneurship, and making a great living without a real job.
Outside the corporate world since the 1980s, Ernie has helped tens of thousands of people from all walks of life in their career transitions and retirement planning through his books such as the international bestsellers "The Joy of Not Working" (over 300,000 copies sold and published in 17 languages) and "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free" (over 365,000 copies sold and published in 10 languages).
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The book itself is 75% quotes, 10% lists, 10% opinion and 5% reliable data from science. Oh the quotes, everywhere quotes. A number of the quotes cited a book, but no author. Why is this, I wondered? They were other Zelinski books. This is the age of self-promotion, I guess. Still, it was strange. Furthermore, the version I recently grabbed from Amazon was filled with letters from fans. Seemingly the last quarter of the book is simply letters from fans that he has quoted into this most recent version of the book. At one point, Zelinski gives the reader an exercise to do some graphical brainstorming on a piece of paper. The goal is to list 50 activities you'd enjoy doing or trying. To get us started he fills many pages with over 300 ideas. Many ideas are duplicates and absolutely simplistic and ridiculous.
Again, the idea of work/life balance is an important idea that I was hoping to explore. Personally, I felt this was less of a self-help book and more of a book of quotations. When it comes to advice, we must always take what works for us and leave the rest. Perhaps others who enjoyed the book needed a swift kick in the ass to get them going. I'm happy that they found the book useful. Myself, I need the inspiration and much more practicality. Thus, I was not a fan of this work at all and do not see myself ever reading any of his other books.
This book does exactly the opposite. It shows the fallacy of this premise. Happiness is NOT achieved through more money, more consumption and more work. Instead he advocates working less or not at all and enjoying life more. He makes a point that working is not all that it is cracked up to be. He advocates spending more time thinking and less time worrying.
It is an easy read and one that I enjoyed. I wanted to quit my job after reading it. There are so many things I want to do and I can't while working at a regular job. I like working, and I like the camaraderie at the office, but this book makes me think about just how much longer I should labor in the job. He says you can always "go back to work" but you may not get to travel, have fun and spend time in leisure activities if you die before you get a chance. Furthermore, just because you retire doesn't mean you have to quit working you just get to work at what you want to work at.
I recommend this book for anyone fearful of retiring and quitting their job. He provides exercises which will make you think hard about what you really want when you're not working at a job anymore. There are other books out there which will give you a more pessimistic perspective. This one will inspire you, even dare you, to quit and look at retirement and NOT working as the best life to lead.
I liked it!
1. Everyday I do some sort of exercise.
2. I use my time in worthwhile pursuits. (volunteer, read, classes)
3. Discover what you are good at.
These are just a few of the thoughts that follow me from day to day.
This was an excellent purchase.