The New Retirementality: Planning Your Life and Living Your Any Age You Want

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Stop making a living and start making a life with The New Retirementality

When Mitch Anthony first presented the concept of a new way of thinking about retirement in 2000, it was novel and many critics didn't buy into it. Originally written to get the attention of baby boomers who were approaching 55, Mitch started a revolution by showing people why they needed to have a new attitude about retirement–a "new retirementality." More than a decade later, most of us are facing a very...

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Stop making a living and start making a life with The New Retirementality

When Mitch Anthony first presented the concept of a new way of thinking about retirement in 2000, it was novel and many critics didn't buy into it. Originally written to get the attention of baby boomers who were approaching 55, Mitch started a revolution by showing people why they needed to have a new attitude about retirement–a "new retirementality." More than a decade later, most of us are facing a very different retirement reality than previous generations–failing pensions, an endangered social security system, and inadequate savings. We have been forced to face the reality of a retirement that may never happen, or one that will take place much later in life than ever expected.

Circumstances are redefining what it means to retire, and The New Retirementality, Fourth Edition is your roadmap. While most books focus on a "number," this reliable resource shows you that attitude is also an essential part of the equation–if you want to succeed you need both means and meaning.

  • Includes new research and studies on the latest retirement realities, as well as introduce readers to Mitch's newest concept, investing toward a greater Return on Life™
  • Discusses what it means to retire on purpose, the expanding role of work in retirement, and how to self-direct your future by becoming your own benefits director
  • Written by top financial planner Mitch Anthony

Filled with engaging anecdotes and inspirational suggestions, this book will motivate you to rethink the meaning of retirement and put you in a better position to enjoy the new retirementality you deserve.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118705124
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/17/2014
  • Edition description: 4th Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 81,684
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MITCH ANTHONY is the founder and president, a consulting firm that works with financialservices organizations to promote transparency between advisors andtheir clients. He is a popular speaker and host of The Daily Dose,a radio program heard on stations nationwide. A go-to source forthe media, Anthony has been quoted in The Wall StreetJournal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and The NewYork Times. His RetireMentors column appears regularly on Anthony is the recipient of FinancialPlanning magazine's "Mover & Shaker" award for hispioneering work in retirement and financial life planning.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Chapter 1 A Short History of Retirement 1

Crossing the Bridge 7

Chapter 2 Removing Artificial Finish Lines 9

Motivated by Autonomy 12

Illusions, Delusions, and Hype 15

Chapter 3 The New IRA—Individual Retirement Attitude17

Assume You Will Work Longer 20

Assume You Will Live Longer 20

Assume That There Will Be Improvisational Challenges 22

Chapter 4 Money Is Only Part of the Equation 25

Where from Here? 27

Chapter 5 Retirement Whiplash: Be Careful of What You WishFor 37

Unexpected Segues 38

Sudden Retirement Syndrome 39

Freakonomics 40

For Better or Worse but Not for Lunch 42

The 19th Hole 42

Disability 43

Bore-dumb 44

The Oops Factor; Rearview Mirror 46

Chapter 6 The Retirement that Works 49

Reinventing Retirement—New Pathways 50

Retirement Planning that Works 52

Chapter 7 The Real Meaning of Work 59

Brain at Work 61

Invest in Who You Are 63

Working Benefits 64

Collecting a Playcheck 65

Chapter 8 Extending Your Stay by Staying on the Edge69

Staying in Your Zone 70

Yes Sir, Kiddo 71

Ageism on the Radar 73

The Teaching Bridge 74

Advantages of Underemployment 75

EntreMature 76

Chapter 9 A New Mind-set: Retire on Purpose 81

“I’m Done” 82

“I Have To” 82

“I’m Inspired” 83

Meaningful Pursuits: A Midlife Crisis Gone Horribly Right 84

Challenge Your Body, Mind, and Spirit 87

Refuse to Be Defined by Age 88

Enduring Attitudes 91

Chapter 10 The New Meaning of Re-tired: Your Next 100,000Miles 95

New Spin on Re-tiring 96

Chapter 11 Redefining Rich: Bridging the Gap between Meansand Meaning 107

The Seven Intangibles 110

The Stewardship of Money 116

Chapter 12 Moving from ROI to ROL (Return on Life)119

A New Measure of Success: ROL 121

The Money/Life Puzzle 123

The Core of Financial Planning—Life at the Center 124

Issues for Our Middle Years and Beyond 126

Chapter 13 The Waiting Game: Navigating Social (In)Security129

Risky Business 133

Learn to LIVE in Retirement 134

Chapter 14 Maslow Meets Retirement 139

Our Hierarchy of Financial Needs 142

Paying the Bills 147

Chapter 15 Calculating Income for Life 149

Paying for Survival 150

The Good Old Days 150

Safety Money 153

How Much Risk? 155

Freedom Money 156

Money to Give 158

Dream Money 162

Paying for Your Life 165

Chapter 16 Don’t Go It Alone 167

I Don’t Always Know What I Don’t Know 168

We Are Tempted to Follow the Crowd 169

Individual Investors Underperform 169

Managing Money Is Time Consuming and Stressful 170

Finding a Wealth-Building Partner 171

A Personal Safety Net 174

Chapter 17 From Aging to S-aging 177

A Sense of Mastery 179

The Vitamin Cs of Successful Aging 180

Pumping Iron at 80 185

The Soul of Accelerated Aging 186

Appendix Retiring on Purpose: A conversation about making thisthe most meaningful stage of life yet 189

Notes 195

About the Author 201

Index 203

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    Eye opening

    Too often "retirement" books focus solely on the financial planning and accumulation side of life. Mitch focuses on the living side of retirement but doesn't forget the financial part of the equation. His approach helped me to make my decision for retirement rather than extend my stay in a job that had thoroughly exhausted me, and, from a company which is oppressive and myopic. The author's approach, thoroughness and broader life view will be appreciated when you read this book. Thanks Mitch!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2001

    Great Report-and Advice-on a Changing Perspective

    For several generations, we have built this idea that there's a pattern to life that everyone must follow. You get some education, go to work for about 40 years, claim your gold watch, then sit in the rocking chair on the front porch waiting for the Grim Reaper. 'Retire and Die' became a mantra, to be faithfully followed. There is no life after _____ (insert your own age concept). People out of work after 45 might as well hang it up; life is over. The World War II Generation is moving rapidly toward retirement time and digging in its heels. 'No Way! We won't go!' is echoing through the halls of business and industry establishments as people in their fifties and sixties refuse to participate in the traditional process of hanging up the shield and turning into a vegetable. Younger workers are watching with intense interest, uneasy about their own futures. They want the best for the older folks-especially so they don't have to take care of them in their old age. But they also want those old foggies out of way so they can move up the corporate ladder. And everyone worries about what they will do in those later years (20-30 of them) and where the always-needed money will come from. Then along comes Mitch Anthony with all-or at least, most-of the answers. 'The New Retirementality' is a thought-provoking, empowering book. Even embarrassing for those who thought they would spend all those years wrapped around a golf club or fishing rod. This book is a comprehensive guide for anyone contemplating retirement-or alternatives-or who is currently unhappily fully retired and looking for a way to escape. As Anthony puts it, on page 53, 'We live in a society that still largely presents retirement an ultimatum. Either you work or you retire. This ultimatum is foolish, counterintuitive, and counterproductive for the good of society. The recent changes in Social Security removing working limits from retirees is a flare signaling that we are no longer willing to be controlled by such ultimatums regarding work.' The book begins with five chapters reviewing the history of retirement, common myths, and the fears that abound in retirement-prone people. The second part of the book explains A New Way of Thinking in ten thought-provoking chapters that give the reader permission to do whatever feels right. Part Three is entitled What You Need to Know, an appropriate title for a collection of seven chapters ranging from Raising Your MQ (Money Quotient) to Giving Your Life Away, which addresses volunteering. The whole book weaves through living and leaving a legacy. Employers will need their older workers-for their wisdom, experience, insight, stability and dedication. They'll need them to teach-expertise and values-to the younger generations, who need coaching and mentoring to help them navigate through increasingly turbulent waters. Anthony warns that 'We are in the early stages of a human capital drought that companies need to address to have any hope of retaining valuable talent past their intended retirement age.' The book in includes over four pages of references for the reader who wants to delve further into the topic of retirement. A strong index will help readers find particular sections they're looking for-if the dog-eared pages and highlighting doesn't help. This is a book you'll read carefully-slowly in some places, more quickly in others. The writing style will help you move along, but the content will pull you back. You might even take some notes on this one. On the back cover of the book, author Mitch Anthony is clearly characterized as someone who has no plans to ever retire. I share that attitude, and this book helped me solidify my thinking and preparation for what may be some of the best years of my life. Join us!

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