Monday, August 17, 2009

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free on Quintessential Careers Book

I was delighted to find a review of my book How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free on Quintessential Careers Book Reviews

Here is part of the review:

    This book [How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free] 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.

    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.

    Although the ideas in the book are not new, the stories about how people are living them is unique and refreshing. They bring out the importance of living a full life now and not waiting until retirement.

    Five things I re-learned from this book are:

      1. Plant a Get-a-Life Tree. Among the lists, activities, stories, and ideas that Zelinski offers for brainstorming retirement options, he illustrates how to plant a Get-a-Life Tree. The tree is a form of mind map to help people think about retirement options.

      2. Stay active before and after retirement.
      Ernie Zelinski emphasizes the importance of a healthy active lifestyle. Being active and healthy doesn't begin at retirement. The author tells us to find our interests and purpose long before we retire.

      3. You don't have to be rich to enjoy retirement. In fact,
      Zelinski emphasizes the fact that having a nest egg doesn't guarantee a happy retirement. The book is rich with stories about the many ways people have found happiness in retirement.

      4. Build healthy relationships before you retire. Having healthy relationships
      outside of work before you retire will be the foundation for retirement bliss.

      5. Retirement can be the best part of your life. Reading Zelinski's book was fun and inspiring. The author reminds us to focus on the things that are really important in life. Retirement, after all, is just the beginning.

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