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Retirement Letters, Fan Mail, and Reviews about

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

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It should come as no surprise to readers of my books that my retirement plan all along was to retire early.

Even so, I am still amazed by how many letters I have received from individuals who told me that they parted ways with their employer after reading one of my books, particularly The Joy of Not Working and How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free. Some even in their resignation letters or retirement letters to their employers mentioned their decision was based on reading one or more of my books.


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The first letter or two I received from readers in this regard made me feel somewhat uncomfortable, at the same time hoping that no one would sue me with a claim that I was responsible for their decision that ended in dire consequences.

After I rechecked my premises, I realized that leaving corporate life should result in a better life for anyone who is fed up with their job. This should be true even for someone who may be forced to eventually return to a real job.

Of course, the fact that I have helped some people find happier, more satisfying lives outside the corporation has made me feel good.

See the links below for webpages with separate retirement letters and fan mail about The World's Best Retirement Book:

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I was unhappy being retired until

I found the secret to a happy retirement!  

Following are some of the most interesting retirement letters and sample farewell letters for retirement about How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free since the first American and Canadian editions of The World's Best Retirement Book were published.

These sample retirement letters and e-mails provide an excellent source of content about how many individuals become happily retired.

An E-mail/Retirement Letter from a Certified Life/Retirement Coach 

I receive a lot of letters about How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free from retirement coachs and retirment seminar presenters who like the book a lot and even want to use it as a reference text for their own purposes. Here is one of them:

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Hi Ernie,

I am a Therapist and a Life/Retirement Coach certified by Coach U and Retirement Options. I received your email referencing your books and quotes. My stepson gave my husband and me both How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free and The Joy of Not Working for Christmas. We are in the process of reading them and they are great.

I want to thank you for contributing to the challenging yet exciting life transition to retirement. So much has been written about how to prepare financially but so little has been written about the social, emotional, and lifestyle aspects of retirement.

Hopefully, we will have a more fulfilling retirement than some of our parents did. These kinds of resources begin to stimulate thoughts and discussions between individuals and couples.

Dee Cascio, LPC, LMFT
Certified Life and Retirement Coach


Another E-mail/Retirement Letter

from a Retired Engineer

Another sort of letter of intent to retire: This is another e-mail sent to me about The World's Best Retirement Book



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From: John and Linda Neff
To: vip-books
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 12:31 PM
Subject: For Ernie J. Zelinski

Ernie, I want to thank you for writing How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.

I retired from the engineering field at the end of Nov. 2007 and stumbled around wondering just what I was doing for about a month. I was looking for some help on how to go about this new life.

Your book is the best guide that I could ever have asked for. Thank you!

I have decided that many other people are in, or will be in my shoes in the near future. I am going to propose to Community College of Allegheny County, Pa. that they allow me to conduct a class on retirement.

I would like to use your book as a guide text. Could you let me know if I have your permission to do that, or how I could go about getting
that permission. It will probably not be until the Fall of 2008 that I will put this together.

Thank you very much,

John E. Neff

Glenshaw, Pa. USA



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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
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— 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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