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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by Ernie J. Zelinski

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Retirement does not have to mean the end of life-in fact it can mean a whole new beginning to the life you never had time to explore. In HOW TO RETIRE HAPPY, WILD, AND FREE, best-selling author Ernie J. Zelinksi shows that the key to enjoying an active and satisfying retirement is dependent on much more than just having adequate financial resources. It means paying…  See more details below


Retirement does not have to mean the end of life-in fact it can mean a whole new beginning to the life you never had time to explore. In HOW TO RETIRE HAPPY, WILD, AND FREE, best-selling author Ernie J. Zelinksi shows that the key to enjoying an active and satisfying retirement is dependent on much more than just having adequate financial resources. It means paying attention to all aspects of life, including leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical and mental well-being, and solid social support. With its friendly format, lively cartoons, and captivating quotations, Zelinski's guide offers inspirational advice on how to follow your dreams instead of someone else's, how to put your retirement in proper perspective, and how to enjoy life after work.

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How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
EJESSIC More than 1 year ago
How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free was instrumental in my deciding to retire, and knowing that I could do it, no matter what. I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about retiring, at whatever age. You don't have to wait for your 60s to do the deed, and this book can show you how to do it. Whether you are looking for inspiration, directions for how to do it, or the stories of others who have done it, this book is for you. Many of the people whose stories appear in this book have taken their lives into their control and are living their dreams in unimaginable ways, and I am, too. Thanks, Ernie, and How to Retire Happy Wild and Free!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
SmartyFL More than 1 year ago
A good book for those considering retiring and those who have retired and haven't figured out yet how to be happy in their new free time. I look forward to controlling my time and activities without a work schedule dominating my choices, but wonder sometimes if I will feel a little lost when I quit working. This book provides lots of ways to help you decide how to spend all that new free time and even lots of ways to think about this big life change. I expect to reread it from time to time in the future whenever I need a nudge to enjoy a wider range of possibilities.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
mustang-girl More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoyed this book! I was struggling with just retiring but found a new understanding of myself. I'm enjoying my free time. I can do whatever I want AND IT'S GREAT!!! This book gave me great ideas. Stop and enjoy the little things that you've been missing.
swangdb1 More than 1 year ago
Almost like a sequel to his "The Joy Of Not Working," Ernie Zelinksi's "How To Retire Happy, Wild, and Free" works fine as a stand-alone book giving tips for a happy retirement. He discusses finding your true calling (which for many people was not their previous job), exercise (so you'll be healthy during retirement), travel, optional relocation, continuing education and many other retirement-related topics. Great book for anyone contemplating retirement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so impressed that the author stressed other factors such as current satisfaction with present job, hobbies, where you decide to live , etc that I have given it as a present for some friends who think 'I couldn't possibly retire now with my current financial status. It's not so much " how much you have in the bank but rather how you spend it" that results in a " happy, wild, and free" retirement.
DaveBernard More than 1 year ago
Ernie takes us on a trip through the various twists and turns that can make up a retirement life. With humor and clear insight he identifies important areas that are too often overlooked by those entering or preparing to enter retirement. His motto of retirement as a time for us to do what we want to do when we want to do should guide us all to a happier retired life. Ernie points out the little things that are important as he provides a nice overview of what to expect and how to prepare. Don't just read the book, learn from it and implement it. After all retirement is only the beginning.
WendyJordan More than 1 year ago
Wow...what can I say? I'd give this book 10 stars if I could! I simply couldn't put it down and read it every chance I got! I found myself nodding and verbally agreeing with most everything said. What a refreshing change amidst a sea of staunchy retirement planning books. I just gave this to my workaholic dad on Fathers Day in hopes of him seeing the light. And to think it was denied by several publishers. I guess they're now eating crow because they didn't recognize how well it would be received. I may only be 25yrs old, but I strongly believe this is a MUST READ for anyone over 21. Otherwise, look forward to following the crowd consumed only with wealth management, and completely miss out on the time of life where you can let loose, exercise your creativity muscles, and reignite your passion for life! Ernie and I have become Facebook friends and I always enjoy reading his uplifting and encouraging posts. I look forward to reading his other books, The Joy of Not Working and Career Success Without a Real Job, because I'm confident they'll be just as stimulating. In fact, I was so inspired by his writing, it has helped me uncover a purpose that I want to pursue going forward. I want to motivate and encourage retirees to expand their horizons and I'm soon launching a creative online retirement community that will provide a fun place to take action on the principles talked about in "How to Retire Happy, Wild & Free". Thanks Ernie for your friendship and inspiration! :) Sincerely, Wendy Jordan
bellamystation More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for people who have retired and find themselves feeling empty and wondering what they are going to do for the rest of their lives. Ernie gives wonderful suggestions for activities that are low-cost or no cost yet spiritually fulfilling. He explains that a common reaction to the abrupt change of going from a structured work schedule to whole days with no commitments can cause people to waste their lives sitting around watching TV (and we know it's not called the boob tube for nothing). I especially like how he stresses that money isn't going to cure your boredom; you have to find things that satisfy you inside and make you feel alive. I've read enough financial planning books and am glad to find one that takes real living into consideration. I have recommended this book to several friends already. I cannot say enough about how much encouragement you will get from How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free. Be prepared to enjoy yourself fully!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ernie is a great writer, he has such a wonderful way to help you look at retirement in a whole different light. There are so many aspects about retirement and our future that he helps you explore and discover. I couldn't put the book down. And the best part is on page 151-152 where he talks about being part of a senior community and he specifically talks about Sun City Center in Florida. It's the community that we have been going to for over 8 years and we purchased a home there last year. IT's a great place to retire - renew yourself. I have recommended this book to all my friends who are about to retire with me. ENJOY!!
JayO66 More than 1 year ago
The first time I read "How to Retire H, W, and Free" I tossed it aside as not applicable to me. Then for some reason I picked it up again and realized it was specifically for me, "young side of Boomer, worked entire adult life non-stop, collected every toy I could possibly want and astonishingly bored and unfulfilled. I sent an email to the author on my plight and he replied almost instantly with words of encouragement. I have since started the process of changing my life. Retiring my executive position at a fortune 500 company and for the first time since college planning the rest of of my life with excitement and a little anxiety. Give it a read, I predict you will toss it away or something will click and your perspective will change.
World_Traveller More than 1 year ago
In today's world of workaholics, greed, and materialism, Mr. Zelinski offers a fresh voice of moderation and living life. Mr. Zelinski gives case examples of many people who have eschewed a lifetime of corporate servitude, and have chosen the road less traveled. Some people have learned to live on less money. Others retire early to pursue their dreams before the onset of old age. The book is a collection of people choosing to ignore the Pied Piper of Capitalism, and have created their own trail of life. The road to a life of fulfillment has few signposts, and is difficult for even those of intelligence and independence. Knowing that others strive for independence, and the efforts they needed to achieve their goals has given me new ideas for my own life. Mr. Zelinski, thanks for your breath of fresh air.
Jim18 More than 1 year ago
I recently reread Zelinski's book How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free. I first read it two years ago, just before I retired and reread it several years into my new adventure. It is a diverse book with lots of ideas on how to live a creative retirement but I will highlight the one thing I find that makes this book truly unique. Most retirement books focus on how to have enough money to live comfortably but they miss one of the key aspects of retirement. Our livers are devided into three parts.the "what am I going to do when I grow up stage", the earning a living stage and then retirement. Very little thought is focused on how a person plans to spend his or her time in retirement. Since this can fully be a third of our lives, it is extremely important to focus on how one will spend their time in retirement. Zelinski focuses on this oft overlooked aspect of retirement. We are finally free of having to follow someone else's orders, to compromise so we can earn a living and now we can redefine ourselves in any way we choose. How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free is chocked full of ideas on how we can make choices which greatly increase our enjoyment during our golden years.
Dusty63 More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few months after retiring, and wished I had bought it months earlier. Zelinski describes the "upside" to not working a 9 to 5 job any longer and all the benefits you'll reap. It's a fun book and very optimistic. It gave me plenty of new perspectives and ideas for my retirement.
Duke12 More than 1 year ago
I started off with high expectations given the title and the subtext. Although this is usually a set-up for disappointment, it ended up being my favorite read of 2009 (it's only Dec. 23, but I'm willing to call it). The book managed to fit an incredible amount of fantastic content covering so many considerations I hadn't thought of or just started to experience. To put that in better context, I recently retired early from the financial industry, which gives me lots of time to read books that I can compare this one to. I have taken an active interest in all things finance related most of my life. After retiring, my wife and I were starting to encounter some of the issues in the book including not knowing what to do about being around each other all the time. We were doing quite well sorting them out one by one. With the help of this book we now know lots of other things to consider. Another reviewer giving the book only 1 star quite astutely wrote that, "There are plenty of books about how to plan financially for retirement, but this book ignores that issue so glaringly." I could not agree more! That's what makes this read so special. I have enough books on creating a nest egg, setting up residual income, tax planning, asset allocation, entrepreneurship, personal finance, budgeting.. That list is endless. My personal collection fills a room. Perhaps there are other books that address the same issues, but How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free is the first one that I've come across. There should be more like it. It focuses on the non-financial aspects of life and retirement from which so many could benefit. I'm not only recommending it here, but in person to friends, family and strangers. Why not? This is important information about what to consider to create a happy and fulfilling life.
George1977 More than 1 year ago
Ernie Zelinski is one of my favorite authors, and one of the best in my opinion, in the "finance" and "self help" categories. His approach to life and insight into what it takes to be happy is second to none. I have been reading and rereading his stuff for years now, and I am always excited and ready to take on the world when I finish one of his books. I recommend Mr. Zelinski's books to anyone trying to figure out this "life" thing we are all engaged in. "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor" is another home run from the Zelinski line up.
wannabe-writer More than 1 year ago
I don't love too many books except for crappy novels. Now that I have senior ADD, I can't usually pay attention to anything serious. This author cleverly sneaks in the most hilarious quotes from all sorts of famous people. By interspersing humor with incredibly good advice, he made this book a bible to me. I will read it over and over, something I wouldn't do with crappy novels. I really think the book is good for any age, because it's more about how to live whether you're retired or not.
iamscrooge More than 1 year ago
I am so excited about this book that I bought several copies and handed them out as gifts to friends! Ernie has really hit the nail on the head. I saw a sign the other day that said "Don't mistake your career for your Life", well Ernie's book How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free is written in such a wonderful way that it is a joy to read. And there is wisdom in his words. It is very positive and frequently humorous but it is also thought provoking and informative. Do you wonder what you will do when you retire? When you leave your JOB and your career role and go from outstanding in your field to Out standing in your field? Well Ernie has an answer for that, it is his Get-a-Life Tree. His Get-a-Life tree is a blueprint for you to discover the things that really make you happy and opens the doors to the endless possibilities for enjoyment and satisfaction in you daily life. Buy this book, you will be glad that you did, and while you are at it buy a couple of extras so you won't lose yours when you lend it to a friend,!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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