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The Best Book on Retirement That a Reader Has Read

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

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The following is a review that appeared for the first edition of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free on both and
This review is one of my favorite reviews written about the book.  


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My first exposure to How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free 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?"
Better still, Zelinski's own words in How to Retire Happy, Wild & Free  are worthy of being quoted as much as the Buddha. For example:
"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."
Another example:
"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 indicates that it
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.



Another Person Who Thinks

  How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free Is the Best

She Has Read on Retirement

Karen A. Mason from Calgary, Alberta, wrote to me in April, 2004. 


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Dear Ernie:

Thank you very much for writing How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.

I loved your book.

It's the best one I've read on retirement.

I've been looking for a book that dealt with aspects of retirement that weren't tied up with all the financial gobbledygook.

As a retiring English as a Second Language teacher, I'm excited to embrace this new chapter of my life.

You've given me the incentive to make it happen sooner than the "expected norm".

A soon-to-be leisure lover,






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Copyright 2017 by Ernie Zelinski

Author of The World's Best Retirement Book

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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.
— 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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