My first exposure to How to Retire Happy, Wild, and
was downloading over half as a free E-book which I found
on one of Ernie
Zelinski's websites. 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 have 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
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?"
"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."
"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
has been published in eight other languages. No wonder. Although I
can't prove it, this is likely the best retirement book in the world.