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.

In How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, bestselling author Ernie J. Zelinski guides you to:

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Overview

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.

In How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, bestselling author 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.
- Create and maintain great friends—a key ingredient for a great retirement.
- Above all, make your retirement years the best time of your life.

With its friendly format, positive tone, lively cartoons, and captivating quotations, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers retirement wisdom that you won’t get from your financial advisor. This wisdom will prove to be much more important for creating an active, satisfying, and happy retirement than how much money you have saved.

“To be sure, retirement books are a glutted field, but most focus on money and financial planning. They view the finish line as the last day of employment. That’s where Zelinski’s begins.” — National Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580085786
  • Publisher: Random House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.72 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernie J. Zelinski has an Engineering degree and an MBA from the University of Alberta. Because he is truly organizationally averse, he has not had a real job for over twenty-five years. Ernie speaks professionally on the subjects of real success, retirement, and applying creativity to business and leisure.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2005

    Likely the Best Retirement Book in the World

    My first exposure to How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free was downloading over half of the book as a free E-book which I found on the Internet. It was the top half of the book, however. Although the E-book was inspiring to read, it was a little frustrating with the bottom half missing. I loved the top half so much that I purchased the whole book. It¿s the best one I¿ve read on retirement. I had been looking for a book that dealt with aspects of retirement that weren¿t tied up with all the financial gobbledygook. As a personal coach who often gives advice to the newly retired, I have already purchased over a hundred copies to give to my clients and will continue to purchase more. Moreover, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free has given me the inspiration and incentive to make my own retirement happen earlier than I had planned for. Ernie Zelinski has an off-the-wall sense of humor and is a master of one-liners that catch your attention and open you up to new concepts. You may be surprised to find out that ¿You don't have to watch one minute of TV when you retire ¿ and perhaps you shouldn't given that the probability of having a happy and successful retirement is inversely proportional to how much television you watch.¿ According to Zelinski, if you manage to retire happy, wild, and free, then your retirement will be more rewarding than your career ever was. The ingredients in such a retirement are likely to include great friends, a sense of purpose, some structure in your day, plenty of exercise, something to stimulate your mind, and spiritual growth. If you don¿t have these ingredients in your life at this time, Zelinski has a number of suggestions for finding and incorporating them. For those who haven¿t cultivated interests outside the workplace, filling all that time may be a challenge. The Get-a-Life Tree in Chapter 3 provides the answer. Other chapters are devoted to the consideration of activities that enhance body, mind, and spirit. Zelinski quotes from many sources, but his attitude is reflected in a quote from the Buddha. ¿In the end, these things matter most. How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you learn to let go?¿ Better still, Zelinski¿s own words in How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free are worthy of being quoted as much as the Buddha. For example: ¿When money is lost, little is lost. When time is lost, much more is lost. When health is lost, practically everything is lost. And when creative spirit is lost, there is nothing left.¿ Another example: ¿Retirement life is a game in many ways. Ensure that you laugh and have fun, even when the score is not in your favor. This way, you will always end up winning at the most important game you will ever play.¿ My edition of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free indicates that it will be published in seven other languages. No wonder. Although I can¿t prove it, this is likely the best retirement book in the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Well Worth the Purchase and Your Time

    Ernie Zelinski's newest publication, entitled How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free (Ten Speed Press, 2004), is intended for pre-planners, retirees, and those who dream about leaving the restrictions of the daily grind. His often whimsical, yet essentially practical ideas are meant to assist in our making the best of life's pleasures. Like his very successful The Joy of Not Working (Ten Speed Press, 2003), How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free is well thought out, upbeat, and a delight to read. Anyone contemplating retirement -- and I guess that means all of us -- could take a page from Zelinski's book about lifestyle considerations to make the daily activities in our new 'life after work' not only full of purpose, but also full of enjoyment. This book is a primer on how the many opportunities found in retirement can help each of us be the person we always knew we were but were too busy to realize. For some time I have been recommending The Joy of Not Working to participants in my retirement course and attendees at my seminar, Keep Your Chins Up in Retirement: Practical Ways to Pre-Plan Retiring. To that recommendation I have now added the inspirational How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free. I'd like to use the expression 'right on the money' to characterize Zelinski's suggestions, but after completing this book or any of his others, readers will know that money is not the touchstone for a comparison. As Zelinski himself tells us: 'the biggest mistake you can make with your retirement planning is to concentrate only on the financial aspects' (p. 2). Instead, this must-read text provides a host of realistic tips to 'involve yourself in something that is vital and purposeful. Retiring happy, wild, and free means being engaged to the full level of your mental and physical ability' (p. 228). Zelinski is methodical in revealing ways for us to be so engaged. I highly recommend that you purchase and read How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free. This is one book that will prepare you to keep smiling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2009

    Great book on dealing with life after work

    Great book for those who are dealing with life after work - whether it be retirement, semi-retirement, career change or job layoff....Thought provoking on what should be understood dealing with thi tpic

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