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Too Young to Retire: 101 Ways To Start The Rest of Your Life Paperback – April 27, 2004
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This little gem of a book offers sage advice. ("The New York Times") Written with wit and invincible optimism, "Too Young to Retire" offers resources of the intellect, conscience, and soul to turn the last half of life into the reward we spent the first half working to find. (Theodore Roszak, author of "Longevity Revolution")
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The book begins with an introduction to the Stones and how they arrived at the attitude that they did. It then dives right into the largest problem that retirees face - money. If you ask most people approaching retirement age what they fear most about retirement, running out of money is tied with poor health. The Stones tackle the problem face on, correctly stating the "it is much less risky to worry about money than to face the volcanic changes of midlife and beyond." Once the discussion is concluded, they suggest several techniques to put money in its place, including the tried and true method of keeping a daily record of how you spend your money.
Not content with tackling retirement, the Stones next look at the world of work and why work isn't working. They cite many of the same ills that books such as Take Back Your Time discuss: too little vacation, too much pressure, too little fulfillment and more. The book quotes Rutgers University's Heldrich Center for Workforce Development study, "Most workers see their 'retirement' not as a time for leisure and travel, but as an opportunity to do fulfilling work, and find avocation in what they do." The end of the chapter offers methods to work through to who you really are. These are good starting places, but the more hard-core 9-5ers might need a little more work. The Stone's suggestion to hire a personal coach, even for a little while, is a good one.
The book is complete with pages and pages of resources. More can be found at their website.
If retirement is in your future, this book is a great place to begin the process.
I would recommend reading this book even if you think you have a life plan, it can only help make it better. I know my review is light on the substance of the book, go read it the investment is worth it, my point is money is important to retirement but if you don't know what to do with yourself then what's the point. This book helps you discover how to actually enjoy this time of your life.
Don't get me wrong; I love what I currently do teaching online and face-to-face; however, I love the pursuit of new ideas. They point out that "career experts today say it's far healthier to be continuously thinking about the next job or opportunity than waiting for the other shoe to drop."
I was able to highlight 10+ "next careers" from their list of 101.
This book is simply a list of potential jobs. You can get the same list at your local employment office or in your imagination. It's too lightweight and doesn't address the core issues of frustration and expansion, not diminishing of abilities.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has excellent suggestions for the young at heart but not so young in body. I liked it very much.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Full of suggestions and references to groups to contact to make a change in your work life in your 50's or 60's or later. Read morePublished 14 months ago by maureen simonian
Reading as I'm thinking of retiring next year so far so good.Published 17 months ago by Lynn A Boebel
Book was okay. I thought it provided some good guidance for the unaware. I did not think the book was long enough.Published on June 18, 2014 by putter
really great book .it gives suggestions for getting into the passion of your life. there is life after retirement. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by medicine woman
Highly recommended book! Quick read packed with great ideas about the next phase of life! Gives great examples and stories.Published on February 23, 2014 by Alice Albu
This book is in desperate need to be updated. way outdated. good concepts but can be found elsewhere up to datePublished on January 15, 2014 by PBin