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How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor [Paperback]

Ernie J Zelinski
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16 Sep 2009
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers inspirational advice on how to enjoy life to its fullest. The key to achieving an active and satisfying retirement involves a great deal more than having adequate financial resources; it also encompasses all other aspects of life - interesting leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support.

World-class author, innovator, and unconventional career expert Ernie J. Zelinski guides you to:

  • Gain courage to take early retirement; in fact, the earlier the better.
  • Put money in proper perspective so that you don't need a million dollars to retire.
  • Generate purpose in your retirement life with meaningful creative pursuits.
  • Follow your dreams instead of someone else's.
  • Take charge of your mental, physical, and spiritual health.
  • Better envision you retirement goals - including where you want to live.
  • Above all, make your retirement years the best time of your life.

What sets this retirement book apart from all the others is its holistic approach to the fears, hopes, and dreams that people have about retirement. This international bestseller (over 110,000 copies sold in its first edition) goes way beyond the numbers that is often the main focus of retirement planning in most retirement books.

There are many ingredients of a happy retirement and several retirement planning tools that help retirees plan for their retirement in new and more meaningful ways. One of the most powerful tools is The Get-a-Life Tree that you won't find in any other retirement books.

In short, the retirement wisdom in this book will prove to be much more important than how much money you have saved. How to Retire Happy Wild, and Free helps readers create an active, satisfying, and happy retirement in a way such that they don't need a million dollars to retire.

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  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Visions International Publishing (16 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096941949X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0969419495
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book comprises so much more than financial planning. Many of the books and magazines that discuss retirement focus on building a nest egg, investing, and accumulating wealth. But the best way to find happiness during retirement is to have health, friends, and interests. Zelinski suggests retirement is not a time to rest. Retirement is a time to be active, learn, travel, or start a new career. Whether your finances allow travel, a vacation home, or learning to live on less, many options for retirement are open. The author shares the story of a family who moved to a log cabin in the mountains with no furniture. They were very happy enjoying nature and fresh air. Other retirees are happy living in a city, doing volunteer work, or traveling.

I would not hesitate to share this book with friends, colleagues, or clients. Investigating the many options for retirement is even more important now than when the book was first written. With so many people having to change or rethink their retirement plans, this book is a breath of fresh air. At a time when people need inspiration and hope for their futures, learning How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free may be just what they need. --Nancy Miller, Quintessential Careers

About the Author

Ernie Zelinski is an author, innovator, professional speaker, and unconventional career expert with more than 25 years of experience in solo-entrepreneurshp, semi-retirement, and making a great living without a real job.

Ernie is best known as the author of the international bestseller The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked (over 225,000 copies sold). His latest works include the unconventional Career Success Without a Real Job: The Career Book for People Too Smart to Work in Corporations and 101 Really Important Things You Already Know,But Keep Forgetting.

Ernie is uniquely qualified to write books such as How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, given that he opted for semi-retirement when he was only thirty years old and close to financial bankruptcy (with a net worth of minus $30,000).

Yet today Ernie is a prosperous writer, entrepreneur, and connoisseur of leisure who maintains a three- to four-hour workday and doesn't like to work at all in any month that doesn't have an "r" in its name.

Ernie lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where, besides hanging around his favorite coffee shops with his laptop, he enjoys running, cycling, reading, and traveling.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Retire, Happy, Wild and Free 28 Mar 2009
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This book does what it says. I bought several retirement books and most were not useful...... no use telling me how to invest for my retirement once I have got there!
Full of fun and practical ideas and makes the most of the opportunity retirement provides to re-invent ourselves once we are free of the tyranny of work.
An American book but just as useful for folk in the UK. Don't bother with any other book but this one and you will have lots of fun in retirement.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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With eight weeks to go before retirement, I needed some help! My financial plans were in place (sort of. as much as they can be these days), but I had no idea about how would I cope with colleagues no longer around, missing the workplace water-cooler moments and no longer having a very busy 24/7 work schedule. I felt pretty foolish that I'd had 40 years to prepare for this, but had no plans about how to spend the next phase of my life. This inspirational, funny and very readable book by Ernie Zelinski has given me a template for how to get the most out of my retirement. The premise is that not to plan for an active retirement is to set yourself up for a difficult one. To be bored is to retire from life, so the book takes you through practical planning to establish a lifestyle that is adventurous, rewarding and exciting. One minor downside is that it is written for the North American market, but the basic wisdom is pretty much global. Anybody about to retire should read this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here... 5 Jan 2011
This was purchased to help give insight into just what the realities are of retiring early. In the write-up for the book it promised to shed light on just how much money you need for retirement and this was never even mentioned. The book is clearly intended for the US market and has no bearing on UK audiences. It's repetitive, vacuous and a waste of money. I wouldn't even say it was particularly amusing. I'd return it except I have read it and that wouldn't be ethical. It'll go on Ebay in the next few days- don't waste your money on this book (save it for retirement instead)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing that you already hadn't known 14 Jan 2014
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But it is sure good to read that other people think the same and by putting it into words help articulate what you know.

"So when is the ideal time to retire? There is no ideal time to retire but you do not want to put it off longer than you have to."

Every now and then I seem to be going against the grain of what retirement should be. Then just as I was about say Ernie Zelinski does not know what she is talking about, I am included in the next paragraph. And she was right I should have retired earlier. My fault for listening to Suze Orman and building up the S.S. amount first at the expense of a few years.

I suggest this book is an interest to everyone whether contemplating or executing retirement. I have actually added a few more goals to my busy repertoire
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book which tackles all issues. 1 May 2011
By Jacqui
This was a very useful and interesting book which seemed to hit all the points going through my mind. Really prepares you psychologically and practically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
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The only book you will ever need for your retirement wonderful
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 30 May 2014
By pam4pt
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This is a must for everyone who is thinking of retiring or even for those who have already retired. It provides a different outlook on retirement and what to do with it. The focus is just that - "what to do with it". It doesn't provide a formula of what you should do, it just examines the concept of the fact that whatever you do it should be your choice and a conscious decision. Food for thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait !!!!! 25 May 2014
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My hubby bought this as he retires in the next month or so and I will follow him a month later. He hasn't put it down since it arrived, and has said that I HAVE to read it after him. So a great investment for the price and keeps him out of trouble, so it's a win win from my point of view.
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Lots of ideas and good advice.
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I have purchased many copies for clients and the book is very well received by all
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Reading this left me looking forward even more to retirement! It is full of practical wisdom that you can relate to.
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It gives a lot of angles on retirement, deliberately excluding the financial side. I found it informative if a bit long winded
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