Friday, November 28, 2008

Leisure Quotes about The Joy of Not Working

Here is an e-mail that I recently received about The World's Second Best Retirement Book from someone in New Zealand:

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Dave & Reena Tattersfield"
    Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 9:23 PM
    The Joy Of Not Working


    I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed reading The Joy of Not Working .

    Your voice is a refreshing change from the 'work harder and buy more and more stuff' voice that seems to purvade western.society.

    A simpler approach and enjoying life is far more attractive to me.


And here are three quotes about leisure that I used in my speech about The Joy of Not Working in Istanbul on November 26th.

    If the soul has food for study and learning, nothing is more delightful than an old age of leisure.
    — Cicero (Roman Statesman 106-43 B.C.)

    I would not exchange my leisure hours for all the wealth in the world.
    — Comte de Mirabeau (French Statesman 1749- 1791)

    Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain, the lazy one never.
    — Benjamin Franklin (American Statesman
    1706- 1790)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Turkey Wants to Learn More about The Joy of Not Working

Photo of Istanbul:

I am preparing my speech about The Joy of Not Working that I will make to 2,500 scholars, business executives, and studends in Istanbul on Wednesday November 26th.

The National Turkish Congress on Quality is flying me executive class to Istanbul through London at a cost of over $10,000 and putting me up at the Ritz Carlton executive suite at a cost of over $1,000 per night for 3 nights. My speaking fee is a modest $3,000.

Here are some topics to be included in my speech:

  • Your most powerful success tool is The 80-20 principle.

  • Ordinary career success is a real good job; real career success is a real good life.

  • Most success costs too much. The conduct of society is a poor example for how to live a happy life.

  • The more creative your thinking, the fewer your cares and worries.

  • Your best purchases will turn out to be the ones that you never made.

  • Being successful at work is irrelevant if you are a failure at home.

  • Being busy does not mean being productive.

  • Hard work is no match for relaxed, creative action.

Retirement Image of The Joy of Not Working

The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked — by Ernie J. Zelinski

The Joy of Not Working is all about learning to live every part of your life — employment, unemployment, retirement, and leisure time alike — to the fullest. You too can join the thousands of converts and learn to thrive at both work and play. Illustrated by eye-opening exercises, thought-provoking diagrams, and lively cartoons and quotations, The Joy of Not Working will guide you to enjoy life like never before.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

TV Watching Is a Horrible Way to Spend Your Retirement

Research indicates that on the average Americans spend about 40 percent of their free time in front of the TV. For retirees, the percentage is much higher. This translates into 4 to 6 hours a day watching TV — which is about 4 to 6 hours too many.

Contrary to popular belief, one way to guarantee boredom in retirement is to watch a lot of TV. Even people who retire with substantial wealth end up watching a lot of television instead of getting involved in more satisfying leisure and recreational activities.

One problem is that television entertains but deludes people. T.V. as a whole is not very educational. When programs are educational, people don't watch them.

Some retired people say that television is a necessity in today's world. This is nonsense. In summer, I sometimes go for four months straight without turning on my TV set for even one minute. Moreover, I know a few people who don't even own a TV set. Case closed: This proves that TV is not a necessity.

Retired people watch TV without understanding what they are watching. Even if they understand, they seldom absorb anything worthwhile. In my book The Joy of Not Working, I discuss the many more detrimental effects of TV including how chronic TV watchers are more likely to be jerks and to be obese.

    Retirement Quote for this Week

    The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime television.
    — Author Unknown

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Two Best Retirement Books - What Is the Difference?

Cover of Indonesian Edition of The Joy of Not Working

I received this e-mail message the other day:

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Eliyahu Shiffman
    To: vip-books (at)
    Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 2:46 AM
    Subject: What's the difference?

    Hi Ernie:

    Help me out here -- I'm only going to buy one of them. Tell me what the difference is between
    How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free and The Joy of Not Working so I can decide which is right for me. Or is one just an updated version of the other?


This was my reply:

    Hello Eliyahu:

    There are some similarities between How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free and
    The Joy of Not Working.

    If you are already retired or about to be retired and looking for a retirement book, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free is the better choice.

    If you are working and will continue to work for quite some time
    The Joy of Not Working is the better book (That's why it's subtitled "A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked).

    I hope this helps you make your decision.

    In case you haven't downloaded from one of my websites, I have attached my E-book (in PDF format) The 237 Best Things Ever Said about Retirement.

    Thanks for your interest in my books.

    So long for now,

    Ernie Zelinski
    Author of the Bestseller
    How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
    (Over 100,000 copies sold and published in 7 foreign languages)
    and the International Bestseller
    The Joy of Not Working
    (Over 225,000 copies sold and published in 17 languages)

Here is one of the many quotes about retirement that I have amassed which can help you retire happy, wild, and free:

    The happiest people I know in retirement are those who have not only one interest outside work but many. For me, writing, photography, travel and several other interests fill my days to the point that I can't imagine how I found time to also work before I retired.
    - Author unknown

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Retirement Living Is Better than This Retiree Thought It Would Be

I received the following e-mail today from an individual in the United Kingdom who read The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked and who feels that retirement living is better than he had expected.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Mickey White
    To: vip-books (at)
    Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 8:45 AM
    Subject: RETIREMENT: it's even better !!

    Hi Ernie,

    I took early voluntary retirement from the Mail Service after thirty plus years when

    I was fifty seven. My kids bought me your book, The Joy of Not Working as a gift on the day I finished. Mind you I was happy to take E.V.R. and I agree with everything you say !!

    In fact, if I'd known that retirement was going to be this good I'd have done it the day after I left school !!!

    Good Luck.....

    Mike .....

It would be great if all retirees felt this way.

Even The U.S. State Dept Likes The Joy of Not Working

Retirement Image of The Joy of Not Working

This short review of The World's Second Best Retirement Book ( The Joy of Not Working ) comes from the United States Department of State.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

What It Takes to Write Retirement Books

At My Last Book Launch with Mary Who Is 52 Years Old (I Sure Wish All Women Over 50 Looked This Good and Were This Trim)

Some retirees wonder what credentials I possess to have written two retirement books. First, I have worked only half of my adult life. In other words, I have been in and out of retirement since I was in my late teens. Second, although I am not fully retired at this time, I have been semi-retired for the last 25 years.

I work only four or five hours a day; for the other 20 or 19 hours a day I have the same freedom that all full-time retirees have 24 hours a day. Even during my working hours I have a great deal of freedom since I work on what I want to, when I want to.

There is one important point about my semi-retirement, since in my retirement books I discuss the importance of money and what part it plays in having a successful retirement. When I semi-retired thirteen years ago, I was over $30,000 in debt. So much for the theory that you need a great deal of money to succeed in semi-retirement. The same applies to full retirement.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

$200 Ugly Websites Outsell Million Dollar Websites Every Day of the Year

I received this e-mail from Wendy in Peace River today:

    Hi Ernie

    I read your first book
    The Joy of Not Working right after you published it and recently recommended all your books to a friend who is unhappy in her career. She is getting it with your work.

    I recently heard a CD you did for Dave Dubeau and the Fast Track to Cashflow people.

    Who is the internet marketing company that teaches how to build an ugly but workable web site? I am at the stage of wanting to build a web site but have limited funds at present. I could not hear the name on the CD.

    Thanks for your help.

This is my reply to Wendy's e-mail:

    Hi Wendy:

    I can't ever recall doing the CD.

    Regarding ugly websites, internet marketing millionaire Tom Antion says he intentionally makes his websites just a little bit ugly and his $200 websites will out sell the million-dollar websites every day of the year.

    Check out Tom Antion' main website at Tom Antion.
    I find this website really cool because it is so plain and yet owned by one of the most successful internet marketing gurus. As I have said in my books, perfectionalism is the last refuge of the idiots of this world.

    Another example is his website
    wedding speeches which makes him about $35,000 a year.

    Tom Antion, incidentally, learned the secrets to internet marketing from his mentor Corey Rudl who started the
    Internet Marketing Center in Vancouver.

    Corey Rudl was killed in an auto racing accident about 3 years ago and IMC is now owned and run by his friend Derek Gehl.

    I took an internet marketing course from IMC two years ago in Vancouver and the presenter Jason Bax also said "ugly inexpensive websites make more money than expensive artistic ones. Problem is, most website designers who do cool and artistic websites have never made a cent marketing on the Internet.

    Have you ever noticed how many "cool and artistic" people in society are broke?

    As millionaire Harv Eker says, "I would rather be nerdy and rich than cool and broke."

    Thanks for your e-mail and so long for now.

    Ernie Zelinski
    Author of the Bestseller
    How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
    (Over 100,000 copies sold and published in 7 foreign languages)
    and the International Bestseller
    The Joy of Not Working
    (Over 225,000 copies sold and published in 17 languages

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Hard Work - Trying to Give Away 430 Copies of The World's Best Retirement Book

Retirement Book

I have been trying to creatively give away 430 copies my international bestseller How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.

See my blog post at Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor.

Incidentally, some people have assumed that How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free is going out of print because I am giving these copies away.

In fact, I will be doing a new print run for Ten Speed Press in January and this book should be in print for at least 20 years given that I intend to sell over 500,000 copies.

Allstate Financial in North Brook, IL, just purchased 3,700 copies with the corporate name on the cover to give away to its baby boomer clients.

If you take the 430 copies, I can also send you a carton (about 26 copies) of the Allstate edition which you can also give away to clients.

One more note:

There are also 265 copies of my book Real Success Without Real Job in the same condition at the Ten Speed Press warehouse.

Although this is not a retirement book, it will appeal to so called "retirees" who would like to keep working but not in a corporate setting. (This book is also still in print but will be reissued in February 2009 with the new title: Career Success Without a Real Job.)