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How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor | [Ernie J. Zelinski]

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 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. With its friendly format and positive tone, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers retirement wisdom that you won’t get from your financial advisor.
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Publisher's Summary

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 and positive tone, 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.

©2009 Ernie J. Zelinski (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“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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    Cheryl N. CA 07-04-12
    Cheryl N. CA 07-04-12

    Cheryl

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    "Light and entertaining, interesting profiles"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free to be better than the print version?

    This review is based only on the audio edition.


    Any additional comments?

    Zelinsky's book is light-hearted and entertaining with a number of profiles of people who live full and satisfying lives within modest financial resources. Many of the recommended ideas are not necessarily unique, but the spirit of the book is engaging and fun. There are a wealth of titles in print which focus on the serious financial side of retirement. But I would recommend this title for a refreshing break from current (2012) economic worries and a little inspiration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Nichols Healdsburg, CA United States 08-14-12
    Kathy Nichols Healdsburg, CA United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Painful but valuable"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend reading, not listening, to this book. That way you can skim through parts. I may not be the intended audience and didn't like the evangalistic approach or demonizing work. I enjoy the work I do, AND I'm looking forward to retirement.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This book really did get me thinking about retirement in a different way and I'm glad I stuck it out. But I found it painful to get through. I did like the second half better than the first half, when he gave practical suggestions.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The excited tone made this book hard to tolerate for me. I nearly gave up multiple times, and I really did pull the plug on my ipod after listening to the first 20 minutes.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Catawba, VA, United States 03-07-12
    Stephanie Catawba, VA, United States 03-07-12 Listener Since 2002
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    "I don't need motivation, I need skills"
    Would you try another book from Ernie J. Zelinski and/or J. Charles?

    probably not


    What about J. Charles’s performance did you like?

    animated


    Was How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The entire book was nothing but motivational speaking. I expected and paid for HOW to do retire happy, wild and free, not WHY I should.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Valley Village, CA, United States 09-05-12
    Walter Valley Village, CA, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Lots of air but possibly worth a listen"

    Zelinski focuses on the non-financial aspects of retirement, i.e. happiness and health. Like most self-help books it's heavily padded and redundant. I fast-forwarded through at least 30% of it.

    Having said that, it is essential to have interests and social connections in place for retirement, and these take thought and planning. If Zelinski gets me or you to do this he's done good work. The book is probably worth a listen for those of us approaching the big R.

    I found the reader's voice and delivery annoying. That's purely subjective, of course!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Trumpy Saskatoon, Canada 04-05-14
    D. Trumpy Saskatoon, Canada 04-05-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Inspired to Retire Soon"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free the most enjoyable?

    The content was thorough and encouraging.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator seemed to do his best to use inflection, pauses and energy to give a good presentation. Unfortunately I just didn't care for his voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, each chapter built on the previous chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this audio book to help with a business I am starting for seniors. But it convinced me to retire sooner rather than later and to start planning now, not after the big 65.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer GILMANTON, NH, United States 09-30-12
    Amazon Customer GILMANTON, NH, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Audible Book Easy to listen to"
    What did you love best about How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free?

    It gave me a better undrstanding of what to do when I retire


    What other book might you compare How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free to and why?

    Have not had one to compare


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part of not giving any retirement money to your kids


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    .


    Any additional comments?

    .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Amazon Customer Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Blow the retirement enjoyment door wide open!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free to be better than the print version?

    I listened to the book while engaged in my 4 mile walk each day; can't read a book while walking.


    What did you learn from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free that you would use in your daily life?

    It gave concrete ideas and how to research opportunities for travel, continued learning, and relationship building.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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