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Retirement Planning: How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor
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  • Paperback
  • Sep.01.2009
  • 9780969419495

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With a focus on the non-financial aspects of retirement, How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free by Ernie J. Zelinski explores the myriad choices and decisions that retirees are all confronted with in living out their retirement lives. Easy to read and well laid out, the best-selling non-financial retirement book on Amazon.com emphasizes retirement planning long before you enjoy being retired, happy, and free. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free is a provocative, entertaining, down-to-earth, and tremendously inspiring book that will help you get more joy and satisfaction out of all your retirement activities. Although largely ignored by the media, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free has already sold over 150,000 copies and has been published in 8 foreign languages since it was released. What's more, go to Amazon.com and type "retirement" into the search feature...
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With a focus on the non-financial aspects of retirement, How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free by Ernie J. Zelinski explores the myriad choices and decisions that retirees are all confronted with in living out their retirement lives. Easy to read and well laid out, the best-selling non-financial retirement book on Amazon.com emphasizes retirement planning long before you enjoy being retired, happy, and free. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free is a provocative, entertaining, down-to-earth, and tremendously inspiring book that will help you get more joy and satisfaction out of all your retirement activities.

Although largely ignored by the media, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free has already sold over 150,000 copies and has been published in 8 foreign languages since it was released.

What's more, go to Amazon.com and type "retirement" into the search feature. You will see that How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free appears in the number 1 position — out of over 14,000 listings for retirement books! Not bad, wouldn't you say, for a book that was rejected by 35 publishers? Of course, word-of-mouth advertising is the most powerful force when you have the best retirement book in the world.

    Top 10 Reasons to Buy and Read How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

    1. You are ready to claim your freedom from corporate life.

    2. You want to follow your retirement dreams instead of someone else's.

    3. As a spiritually and highly evolved human being you know that how to enjoy life to its fullest is much more important for creating an active, satisfying, and happy retirement than how much money you have saved.

    4. Many retirement columnists and retirement seminar presenters have ranted and raved about this retirement book, chock full of great wisdom and retirement quotes. For instance, retirement columnist Nancy Paradis of the St. Petersburg Times in Florida advises, "Get this book if you look forward to a retirement with 'zing.' "

    5. With it's great title and the inspirational subtile, this book makes the perfect gift for the soon-to-be retired friend or for the person retiring at the office.

    6. You agree that "Retirement is the beginning of life, not the end."

    7. You have put money in proper perspective so that you don't need a million dollars to retire.

    8. You want to generate great purpose in your entire retirement life with meaningful, creative pursuits.

    9. You like finding extremely useful information about retirement such as The Get-a-Life Tree that you won't find in any other book, but which is acclaimed by people who have read How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.

    10. Above all, you want to make your retirement years the best years of your life.

    From the National Post

"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 How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free begins."

- Jonathan Chevreau, Retirement Columnist, National Post

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    Over 150,000 Copies Sold and Published in 8 Foreign Languages
    The Author of This Book Promises You . . . This!

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free reveals the secrets to a happy retirement like no other retirement book or career book does. This is the reason it is the bestselling non-financial retirement book on Amazon.com. So often, the secrets to happiness are all around us, but it isn't until much later that we realize their significance. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free reveals the 'invisible' secrets to you and opens doorways to your retirement future that will otherwise stay locked up until it is too late. Purchase How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free on Amazon.com with this direct link:

     

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PREFACE OF HOW TO RETIRE HAPPY, WILD, AND FREE 

You have in your hands what an Amazon.com reviewer says is "the world's best retirement book." Although it was turned down by over thirty-five publishers, this book has now sold over 125,000 copies. Type "retirement" into Amazon.com’s search feature and the number one listing overall is How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free — out of over 14,000 retirement books listed! This is a result of the word-of-mouth advertising that this book has generated.

Now to the crux of the matter: Soon retirement day will have come and gone. For your many years of service to the organization, you will have received congratulations from co-workers, a gold watch, and perhaps even a book on how to retire happily. If you are one of the fortunate ones, a generous company pension, government social security, and investments will give you the opportunity to pursue many interesting activities. According to financial experts, you will have it made. Indeed, you should live happily ever after.

Not so fast! These questions beg your consideration: What will you do with your time if you have never learned how to enjoy your leisure? What should you say to your spouse — and perhaps your parents — if you are retiring before they can? How are you going to experience a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction without a job? How will you relate to your friends who are still working while you are living the life of an aristocrat?

Truth be known, after the novelty of the retirement lifestyle wears off in a month or two, you may feel that you don’t have any reason to get up in the morning. Once you get up, you may feel you have nowhere in particular to go. There will be no regular coffee breaks with colleagues, no clients to call on, and no challenges to give your life shape and purpose. Eventually, you may end up asking yourself, "Okay, genius. What do do now?"

In the Western world there is a big misconception about what contributes to a happy and fulfilling retirement. Many people have an idealized concept of how great and wonderful life after work is going to turn out. This vision can include no deadlines, no rush-hour traffic, no mean bosses, exotic travel, hanging around cappuccino bars, and sleeping in late every day. Let’s not forget the freedom to do what you want, whenever you want to do it.

Retirement can be both exciting and demanding, bringing new challenges, new experiences, and new uncertainties. Regardless of how it turns out, retirement normally turns out far different from what people first envision. For some, it is a big disappointment. For others, it is merely a big annoyance. And still for others — much to their delight — retirement becomes an opportunity to live lifelike never before.

Regardless of how talented you are and how successful you are in the workplace, there is some danger that you will not be as happy and satisfied as you hope to be in retirement. This may be the case even if you end up having friends to spend time with, living the lifestyle you want to live, residing where you want to live, and having many interesting things to do. What may be missing is a sense of purpose and some meaning to your life. Put another way, you will want to keep growing as an individual instead of remaining stagnant.

Financial institutions program us to believe that we are set for a happy retirement as long as we follow their financial advice. Recently received a pamphlet from a community college advertising a three-session retirement planning course called A Prime Approach to Retirement Planning. The course, created by a financial organization, covered a lot of topics — all of them financial. There was not one mention of anything related to how retirees should spend their time after they leave the workforce.

Although stockbrokers, bank officials, and other "retirement planners" overwhelm us with advertisements, solicitations, and advice on how to plan financially for retirement, they ignore other factors that contribute to a successful retirement. Similarly, for every twenty books written on retirement, there may be only one that has any worthwhile treatment of the important personal issues. The result is that many people spend forty years building an impressive retirement nest egg, but no time at all thinking about how they are going to enjoy retirement.

Indeed, the biggest mistake you can make with your retirement planning is to concentrate only on the financial aspects.

On the surface, a happy retirement doesn’t seem that difficult  to achieve. And it isn’t for individuals who understand there’s far more to achieving fulfillment in retirement than having wealth and good health. ndeed, there is no shortage of scholarly evidence that financial status constitutes only a small piece of the puzzle as to whether people will succeed and be happy in retirement. Apparently, most "retirement planners" either are not aware of this evidence or focus only on the financial so that they can sell more financially related products.

This is where How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free  comes into the picture. For the most part, this book offers retirement wisdom that you won’t receive from your financial advisor. Contrary to popular wisdom, many elements — not just having a million or two in the bank — contribute to happiness and satisfaction for today’s retirees. Indeed, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support play bigger roles than financial status for most retirees.

Retirement is the perfect time to become the person you would like to be and do the things you have always wanted to do. No doubt doing everything you have always wanted to do sounds great. t won’t happen by itself, however. This is true even if you have excellent health and a big pile of money in the bank when you retire.

Planning is important. You must take steps to ensure that when the bell rings to announce your retirement, you’re ready for what’s in front of you. The time available for marital, personal, social, creative, and family activities expands considerably when the hours previously taken up with full-time employment cease. How you manage time is just as important as when you are in the workforce.

This can assure you: You won’t find genuine joy and satisfaction by spending all your time sleeping, relaxing, loafing, and watching TV, hoping to live up to the ideal of a true idler. Many retired people with nothing to do wind up depressed and hating retirement. n this regard, Florida physician Richard Neubauer concluded that many people experience a rapid decline in physical and mental health soon after retirement — often due to idleness and feelings of uselessness.

To retire happy, wild, and free, you must stay active. It’s also important that you have goals and dreams. Retirement can be a time for life’s best moments, provided that you take the time to plan what you are going to do with the rest of your life. Just as important, you must be motivated enough to follow your dreams, and change course if adversity intrudes to put a dent in your plans. The most fortunate of retirees are those who through good planning, experimentation, and risk-taking succeed in making retirement the best time of their lives.

In short, it’s up to you to design a lifestyle that is as relaxing and invigorating as you want it to be. No one else is going to do it for you. Recreating yourself as a retired person will be challenging, but through patience and positive thinking, you can do it. The rewards will be more than worth it.

As a matter of course retirement is the last opportunity for individuals to reinvent themselves, let go of the past, and find peace and happiness within. Many people discover — much to their surprise — that retirement life following four or five decades of full-time work is full of new and exciting opportunities. For these individuals, their work was a barrier to the lives they wanted; now they’re free to live life to the fullest.

Despite the bad press that retirement sometimes gets, there has never been a better time to be retired in Western nations. One in every eight people is age sixty-five or older. More people than ever are retiring much earlier than age sixty-five. Today’s retirees have far better health, a higher level of education, more income, and many more options for maintaining an active and productive lifestyle than the retirees who came before them.

Above all, this book celebrates retirement because it’s the beginning of a new life. Retirement is an opportune time to get to know yourself better — psychologically, materially, and spiritually. Moreover, retirement allows you to do what you don’t like as little as possible and what you like as much as possible. Whatever it is — a part-time career, family relationships, spiritual fulfillment, passionate pursuits, or the opportunity to hang around Starbucks writing a book — you must find those things that matter most to you.

The way see it, you will have attained true freedom in this world when you can get up in the morning when you want to get up; go to sleep when you want to go to sleep; and in the interval, work and play at the things you want to work and play at — all at your own pace. The great news is that retirement allows you the opportunity to attain this freedom.

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5 Stupid Reasons Not to Read How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

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      1. You think that all you need is a lot of money to be happy in retirement.

      2. You don't think there is any more to retirement than being able to watch a lot of TV, being able to go to the casino a lot, and being able to sleep when you want to.

      3. You have read another retirement book already and you didn't like it.

      4. You are in the retirement industry and although you will likely learn a lot from this book, you are envious of the fact that it has sold over 125,000 copies and been pubished in 8 foreign languges. (You know that if this book has been this successful, it is a great book - in fact, you wish you would have written it.)

      5. You find it uncomfortable to read books that challenge your beliefs even though deep down you know that people who challenge your beliefs are often right and can offer you a lot of wisdom about how to retire happy, wild, and free.

      Over 150,000 Copies Sold and Published in 8 Foreign Languages
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Ernie J. Zelinski is an international best-selling author, innovator, life-coach, unconventional career expert, and creativity consultant.

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