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An E-mail about How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

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The following e-mail about How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free came from Duke in December 2009:  


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Dear Ernie,

I just finished How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free. Starting with high expectations given the title, which is usually a setup for disappointment, it ended up being my favorite read of 2009.

You managed to fit an incredible amount of fantastic content covering so many considerations I hadn't thought of or just started to experience.

After retiring, my wife and I were starting to encounter some of the issues addressed including not knowing what to do about being around each other all the time.

We were doing quite well sorting them out one at a time. With the help of your book we now know what to look out for.

I just wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks for the work that you put into writing How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.

 I look forward to reading all of your books soon.

Wishing a very happy holidays to you and yours,




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Gave This Reader Encouragement and Support

Roland Jarka from Portland, Oregon, sent me the following e-mail in April 2005.  


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Hi, Ernie.

A word of appreciation to you for your inspiration, courage, and outrageousness!

I've been reading How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free and finding a lot of encouragement and support in your words.

I "retired" in December, 2004, at 63 1/2 years old.

I'd been trying to get a job with no success--my heart was not in it.

I decided then to restart my coaching and hypnotherapy practice, and recently decided to focus on helping people who are retired, or planning to retire, since I've been going through so much emotionally upon retirement.

As such, I've started creating a workshop to present to businesses and to the general public, and have found a wealth of material in your book. Thank you!

It has also helped me to focus my own energies on being more creative.

I used to make toys when I first 'retired' to the Vermont woods when I was 32, a time that impacted me in many powerful ways.

I plan to start making toys again and hopefully have a class to teach other retirees.

Thank you again,

Roland Jarka



A Letter about  How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free 

from a Professional in the Medical Industry 

A specialist in the medical profession with the designation M.D from California sent me this letter in March 2008.  


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Hello Ernie,

Just want to let you know that my partner gave me [your book] How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free for Christmas, with some trepidation because I'm already a 'free spirit'.

This one book purchase has produced many ripples.

As a psychologist working with a medical organization I have recommended a selection of your books to my patients who are experiencing excessive stress on the job.

Some of the seeds 'took' and those folks, in turn, have been recommending your books to their friends and co-workers.

So this one book purchase at Christmas has probably produced approximately 50 purchase so far.

Keep up the good work.





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A gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement, as its recipients have given up so many of their golden hours in a lifetime of service.
— Harry Mahtar

The requirements for successful retirements
are, of course, simple to map out: Begin saving earlier in life, set aside larger
percentages of your pay, invest wisely in low-cost funds, avoid debt, pay off
your mortgage, defer Social Security to boost payouts, and work past traditional
retirement age to make sure you don't run out of money. Stay healthy, too, so your medical expenses don't eat you alive.
We might as well complete this fairy tale by advising you to make sure you find a job with a traditional pension, and
to only work for employers with AAA credit
ratings and great health insurance.
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