How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-31
  • Publisher: Visions Intl Pub
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What sets this retirement book apart from all the others is its holistic approach to the fears, hopes, and dreams that retirees have about their retirement years. This international bestseller (over 110,000 copies sold) goes way beyond the numbers that is often the main focus of retirement planning in most retirement books. Readers can better envision their individual retirement goals, including where they want to live, what they want to do in retirement, and what they should do when they are still working to ensure that they have a happy retirement. There are many ingredients of a happy retirement and several retirement planning tools that help retirees plan for their retirement in new and more meaningful ways. One of the most powerful tools is The Get-a-Life Tree that you won't find in any other retirement books. In short, How to Retire Happy Wild, and Free helps readers create an active, satisfying, and happy retirement in a way such that they don't need a million dollars to retire.

Author Biography

ERNIE J. ZELINSKI has an Engineering degree and an MBA from the University of Alberta. Because he is truly organizationally averse, he has not had a real job for over twenty-five years. Ernie speaks professionally on the subjects of real success, retirement, and applying creativity to business and leisure.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Thank Heaven for Retirement!p. 5
Perhaps it's time to tell your boss, "I'm outta here!"p. 5
Retirement should put a perpetual smile on your facep. 10
To not plan for an active retirement is to set yourself up for a difficult onep. 14
You are never too young to retirep. 18
Retiring too late means you don't get another chance to do it rightp. 20
You can have your retirement cake and eat it toop. 23
A major dilemma: life is short - and so is moneyp. 27
If deep down you know you are ready, "just do it!"p. 34
Retirement: A Time to Become Much More than You Have Ever Beenp. 37
Retirement can set you freep. 37
To have no aptitude for leisure is to have no aptitude for lifep. 39
Create a new identity because your old one won't dop. 45
Being on purpose is easy if you have onep. 50
Finding and pursuing your true calling can make retirement the best time of your lifep. 57
Work at something that is not so much a job, but a fun thing to dop. 61
Reclaiming your creative spirit will put joyful purpose into your retirement lifep. 65
Not writing a book can be more difficult than writing onep. 71
So Many Worlds, So Much to Do!p. 75
To be bored is to retire from lifep. 75
Plant your Get-a-Life Tree and watch it grow and growp. 80
You don't have to watch one minute of TV when you retire - and perhaps you shouldn'tp. 91
An ounce of action is worth a ton of sitting aroundp. 94
Create new structures and routines with your leisurep. 102
Early to bed and early to rise makes a person dull, boring, and despisedp. 105
Take Special Care of Yourself - Because No One Else Will!p. 109
You too can exercise your right to a healthy and happy retirementp. 109
Obesity is getting too widespread - avoid it if you canp. 114
If you don't take care of your body, where do you intend to live?p. 117
The shortcut to being truly fit and trim is long-term rigorous actionp. 120
An active walk in nature is the best medicine for many of your ailmentsp. 123
Your mind needs a good run toop. 126
Learning Is for Lifep. 131
Commit yourself to being a lifelong learner and your life will never be without purposep. 131
Become a college drop-in and stay more engaged in lifep. 132
Take a joy course for personal growth, self-development, and lifelong learningp. 134
Work on a university degree and experience a sense of belonging with younger peoplep. 135
It's more fun to be wired than notp. 136
Elderhostel will help you discover the worldp. 138
Your Wealth Is Where Your Friends Arep. 141
Above all, friends make life completep. 141
Two or three real friends are worth more than a hundred superficial onesp. 145
You can't wait at home to be discoveredp. 150
Keep active and enjoy yourself while looking for lovep. 155
You grow most when you are alonep. 160
Travel for Fun, Adventure, and Morep. 165
Take yourself out of your element and inspire yourself with new insightsp. 165
Spend all the money that you can on travel if travel really turns you onp. 166
Tips on how to enhance your next journeyp. 167
Use the Internet to make your travel adventures affordable and enjoyablep. 169
Travel with a differencep. 170
Implement something unique into your next trekp. 172
Become an ecotouristp. 174
You don't have to be rich to spend a month or two in a warmer climatep. 175
Enjoy yourself in a myriad of ways at a recreational vehicle retirement resortp. 176
Why travel alone when you don't have to?p. 177
Swap your house for a neat pad in some faraway paradisep. 177
Try a working vacation for a more satisfying traveling experiencep. 179
Journey close to home and do the things that an out-of-town tourist might dop. 182
Relocate to Where Retirement Living Is Bestp. 183
Live somewhere else and do what you have always wanted to dop. 183
Consider moving to a college townp. 187
The secret to a really wonderful retired lifestylep. 189
Happiness Doesn't Care How You Get Therep. 191
Retirement is not a time to sleep, but a time to awaken to the beauty of the world around youp. 191
Celebrate your eccentricity and you will be set freep. 196
If money can buy happiness, then why aren't you selling some of yours?p. 200
You will overlook the silver lining if you are always expecting goldp. 205
Be happy while you are alive because you are a long time deadp. 208
It's better to live rich than to die richp. 212
Helping others can make life more worthwhile and you happier than you have ever beenp. 216
Forget how old you are - this becomes more important the older you getp. 219
Don't leave this world with songs unsung that you would like to singp. 222
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