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

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

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

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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 and innovator 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 you 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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  • William Wittmann, M.Ed. LMP
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    453 of 475 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Zelinski Again, June 28, 2004
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    William Wittmann, M.Ed. LMP (Seattle, WA United States) –

    Who Wouldn’t Want To Be Coached By A Guy Named Ernie Zelinski? That’s the title of an article I wrote about Zelinski’s other books. I love Zelinski. This time his book, How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free is about living, although it’s disguised as a book on retirement. It is his best.
    I recommend the book for anyone under 27 years old because they are young enough to embrace the ideals of this book and shift their lives accordingly. They can choose to live the life their heart calls them too instead of the life the MBA drives them, too. After 27 years of age people get buried in delusions about the supposed necessities of life.
    I also recommend the book for people over 50. These people are now wise enough to know better and can embrace the attitudes of Zelinski’s retirement long before they stop working for money. His definition of retirement is all about following your heart and is not based much on working for a living or not. Retirement is a state of mind, and you can apply many of the ideas in the book today to make your life happy, wild, and free.
    Zelinski is inspiring. Zelinski knows we are all creative; I agree. I am constantly urging my patients to have some creative pursuit in their lives. Here is what he says from the book:
    Once you retire, you too can reclaim your creative spirit and find an artistic pursuit that will ignite your inner fire. Your artistic pursuit — whether it’s painting pictures, writing poetry, or making pottery — will rekindle a part of you that has been suppressed for years by the structure of a job and the routine of daily life. Not only can it make you feel more alive, an artistic pursuit can constitute the primary reason for your being.
    Ninety-five percent of books on retirement are about how to plan financially for the event, and they ignore the spirit of the matter. Zelinski goes for the heart as he always does. He shows oodles of evidence demonstrating money has little to do with satisfaction in retirement. It is about finding meaning in your life. It’s about living happy, wild, and free. Isn’t that something that would be useful at any age? It’s what I want for you and for me. That and being able to wear aloha shirts or the equivalent whenever you want. Cha!

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  • Gwen Mccauley
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    119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
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    Retirement is a state of mind rather than a time of life!, February 18, 2007
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    Gwen Mccauley (Ottawa, ON, CAN) –
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    As a Life Transition Coach who specializes in helping people prepare for and adjust to ‘retirement’ I am always on the look out for good materials to refer them to. Zelinski’s “How to Retire” has become the staple that my clients are referred to again and again.

    You can tell this guy really knows how to live life. He has become a huge invitation for people to wake up and smell the burning rubber of their feet dragging on life’s treadmill! Even for that small portion of the working public who actually enjoy their jobs, he presents some compelling arguments as to why ‘retirement’ is an appealing option to work.

    I’m someone who doesn’t plan on a traditional retirement, yet there were times as I read Zelinski’s thoughts and ideas about what’s possible in retirement that it got me thinking that I may want to revise my plans at some point in the future.

    The distinction between “feel good” and “values based” happiness that Zelinski makes on p. 96 really caught my attention and I’ve already begun weaving the importance of this distinction into the coaching conversations I have with clients. In short, it highlights how the buzz that we get from spending money and ‘accomplishing’ things diminishes over time so that we have to spend more or do more in order to get the same release from it. One of those laws of diminishing return things. Compare that to the long term satisfaction and gratification we get from engaging things that hold meaning for us and you discover a kind of happiness that actually grows over time rather than diminishing over time. Very, very important for those caught in the web of illusion that golfing/fishing/shopping/traveling are going to sustain them when they retire.

    Zelinski encourages us all to consider retirement earlier rather than later and to begin to pay attention to the quality of our life’s experience rather than single mindedly focusing on achieving more material success. He rightfully points out that many of us won’t make it to some magical retirement date we anticipate in the future. And he is clear in helping us to notice that money alone is not going to buy us a satisfying, gratifying retirement experience.

    The only way that I think this book could be improved is with a bit more focus on the conversation about discovering the identity each of us has that typically lies buried beneath mountains of cultural conditioning. In my experience, folks who haven’t ever really spent much time wondering “who am I under all these rules, anyway?” need a fair bit of support and encouragement to keep digging until they discover themselves. That being said, the many exercises and activities Zelinski’s suggests are fine starting points for that exploration.

    I think that every workaholic in North America should be locked in a room with this book for as long as it takes for them to read it through and discover the big, exciting world that they are missing! And I don’t know many people who couldn’t benefit from absorbing a few of Zelinski’s thoughts on the whole retirement subject.

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