Time for Wonderlust

Planning Your Retirement Renaissance
Narrated by: Peter Lerman
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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Finally...In retirement, you’ll have time to wake up your brain to the world of ideas! 

Goodbye to the work world and hello, leisure! What are you going to do with all your new free time?

Try engaging your “wonderlust” - your innate curiosity and desire to know the world…and to know yourself. Isn’t it time you entered the world of great philosophers and powerful ideas?  

Time for Wonderlust walks you through three stages: 

  1. How to save enough for real retirement and never have to work again - say goodbye to the stress and worry that plagues so many retirees 
  2. How to appreciate cultural leisure and never be bored by not having a job
  3. How to harness that leisure to find the true meaning in your life
©2018 Forrest J. Wright (P)2018 Forrest J. Wright

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A delightful and fresh perspective on retirement

Since I'm in my 60s and have an eye toward my future, I've seen a lot of books on retirement. Unfortunately, many of them are just variations on a theme: dull reading about making sure you have enough money to live without a job. So coming across Time for Wonderlust was not just a breath of fresh air, but a whole meadow's worth.

While the book does have a section on basic financial information and resources for comfortable retirement, it's focused much more on WHY to retire than on HOW to retire. This is a smart choice, because there are plenty of other books focused on the how--and they say pretty much the same things over and over. By comparison, I found Time for Wonderlust unique--and very refreshing.

Why should we retire? According to Time for Wonderlust author Forrest Wright, we should retire to pursue a passion! To find a purpose in life and have the time to explore it fully. His own passion is the world of ideas, and Time for Wonderlust gives us the benefit of his many years immersing himself in philosophers and philosophy. He's created a highly readable, clear, understandable summary of the world's great thinkers and their greatest work. Think of it as a single-volume course on the history of great thought, and how these great ideas shaped the world.

While my own passions run in a somewhat different direction, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these philosophers and their work. There are some I even want to explore in more detail. I might be listening to some biographies of famous philosophers soon. I'm a big believer in continuous learning, and anything that gives so much clarity to such a complex subject is a book worth reading and recommending. Well done, Forrest Wright!

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  • 11-08-18

Not close to retirment but good read

I'm only just starting my working career i don't think it's ever too late to start thinking of retirement. Honestly you should always start as early as possible. Sound financial planning is important. Book also dabbles on the psychological aspects of retirement. What do you do when you have to stop doing the thing you found so much enjoyment in ceases to exist?

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A real disappointment!

The title as well as it is description of the book was terrifically misleading. Instead of a way to plan your retirement, it was basically just a vanity project about philosophy. It was 180° different than from what I thought I was going to be. Sigh...

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Not what I expected, not what I needed

I thought I was getting a book about how to make a plan on how to spend my time in retirement. Instead it is a book about philosophy and psychology and a lecture on the dangers of conspicuous consumption. Not at all what I was expected or needed.
I have 2 stars because there are some good nuggets Like an overview of philosophy from the beginning of time and a good lecture on being mindful of your spending.