An E-mail about How to
Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
The following e-mail about How
to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free came from Duke
in December 2009:
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,
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
Gave This Reader Encouragement and Support
Roland Jarka from Portland, Oregon, sent me the following e-mail in
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
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,
A Letter about
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
from a Professional in the Medical
A specialist in the medical profession with the designation M.D from
California sent me this letter in March 2008.
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
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
Keep up the good work.
THE WORLD'S BEST RETIREMENT GIFT
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.
— from US NEWS
Sometimes it's important to work for that
pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important
decision in the day simply
consists of choosing which color to slide
down on the rainbow.
— Douglas Pagels
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Everyone needs a reason to put their shoes on in the morning [when they retire]. If you put on
the slippers, you'll end up
dragging your feet all day.
— Norma Fagan
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Whatever the challenge of a new age, in the end what really counts is not the years in our lives but the life
in our years. It is not about longevity, but the depth of life. Long ago I learned that age does not wither the
mind if people remain positive. No one is too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. It is a mind
game. As Churchill suggested, "The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."
— Singapore Retiree Jennie Chau
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