- Paperback: 191 pages
- Publisher: Kimberlite Pub (March 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965418804
- ISBN-13: 978-0965418805
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,977,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Work Less & Play More Paperback – March 1, 1998
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Catlin presents a good case for having fun enjoying life's simple pleasures. In doing so, he advocates a greatly simplified lifestyle as well as placing a priority on one's time as opposed to acquiring material wealth. That is not to say rejecting earning money; in fact, a new and different life is dependent upon saving a nice nest egg in order to work less and enjoy life more. The philosophy has a familiar ring to it; still, Catlin's orderly approach clearly spells out a method that may be followed to streamline spending, reject conformity, get rid of extraneous possessions, and increase desired leisure time. It may be a scary idea for some people--quitting a job to gain freedom--but Catlin describes another, if less widespread, way of living life without the usual shackles. Alice Joyce
"...an often humorous and insightful book on putting one's business and private lives into more productive yet peaceful balance. The hurdle to overcome in this process is learning to distinguish between needs and frivolous wants; this book offers guidance in that direction without insisting the fun be taken out of life." -- Booklist
"It's a wonderfully useful and complete road map for anyone struggling to balance the demands of their job with the desire to live a happy and fulfilled life." -- David Sharp (Author of "Six Months Off")
"This book will definitely make you laugh and very likely it will make you angry. But its value is in the fact that it will make you think." -- Cheapskate Monthly
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Well. In retrospect, I'm glad I didn't take him fully seriously (a decade or so ago) in THAT particular regard. For, I've remained contentedly ensconced in this suburban, four-bedroom house [in metro Kansas City], which lifestyle I MUCH prefer to that of the average noisy, cramped apartment. I'm saying this to sort of counter Mr. Catlin's advice in that particular regard and to say (to any prospective "early retiree" reading this): "Just think and decide for yourself! (There's no 'one-size-fits-all' solution out there!)"
The concept? First, do you think there's more to life than working yourself to death? If so, then don't spend money on things you don't have to. Spend it only on what you need and enjoy. Learn to live cheaply and your retirement savings will stretch farther, allowing you to retire earlier or partially retire for the rest of your life.
That's nearly the whole book in one paragraph. Publishers seem to insist on some minimum length of book which leads authors to pad good ideas to the point where it gets frustrating to read through them.
I found the author's near constant parenthetical quips completely annoying.
I did enjoy the last fourth of the book which explained how sources of manipulation (salespeople, the government, businesses) will sap your time and money.
A much better book on the same topic is Ernie Zelinski's "The Joy of Not Working" which is teeming with philosophy (lacking in "Work Less..."), better stories, and more inspiring and practical advice.
The chapter entitled "Avoiding Consequence Costs" is excellent. The author makes a convincing argument that you need to examine the total cost of a purchase, not just the initial price. The example he uses is of a dog that has an initial purchase price of $50. But then after the initial purchase there are license fees, shots, food, and vet bills for years afterward. In addition, there is the inconvenience factor to consider: bathing, walking, cleaning up after the dog, etc.
The chapter entitled "The Law of Possessions" is equally well done. He effectively illustrates how every possession has a cost in money and time associated with it.
Another factor that makes this book worthwhile is that it's well written and enjoyable to read.
John L. White, [...]
This book is a quick read. There are very few boring spots. The author is funny.
I understand now why the retire early home page gave this book five stars - this book delivers.
This book doesn't talk much about investments. But it does talk a lot about basic personal finance, simple living, and how to build a personal treasury.
This book was written in the 1990's, so its a bit dated. But Work Less and Play More is a great read anyway.