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I had high hopes for this book after reading others' reviews. However, I was woefully disappointed when it arrived today. It is filled with regurgitated, oversimplified advice that is duplicated in hundreds of articles in multiple sources, many in daily news bites or magazine articles - To summarize the high points of this volume, retirees shouldn't allow themselves to become socially isolated after leaving work, need to make plans before retiring (both socially & financially), should develop and engage in hobbies, ought to consider doing volunteer work and joining community, civic, and other groups of personal interest to "give back", pursue continuing education, and get a pet if they don't already have one. Not heavy-hitting stuff. Really disappointed.
I've read many books on retirement planning, but so far, this tops them all. The author emphasizes that you need to have a plan and keep "working" with or without pay. She talks about the sometimes difficult transition from full-time work to retirement, which I found particularly useful. What I liked best were all of the examples of what actual people are doing with their time. She also has an exercise designed to help you rank your values for retirement, which I found helpful. Further, it is loaded with current resources. If I had to buy just one retirement lifestyle book, this would be it.
In the forward, Robin Ryan notes "All my book profits are donated to breast cancer research." Wow. I like Ms. Ryan's push to reinvent retirement. Lots of engaging examples but some tough questions and advice too. (Chapter examples - "Don't Become A Failed Retiree!" and "Dealing With Money Issues" ) She includes useful tools/websites as well as some unexpected topics such as my favorite chapter "Education and New Skills (Cheap or Free)". I read this book once quickly to gain an overview before deciding to commit the time to work through the book in the thoughtful manner my retirement deserves.
It is not that I don't know myself well but more that I didn't think of a thing to two that is noted in this book. I keep this in the car with me so when waiting for a long freight train to pass or waiting to be called in for an appointment, I can sit and escape by reading this lovely book. Once while reading it as I waited for the bank to open, the drive through window teller asked what I was reading; she congratulated me for being so happy (it seems some people waiting for service get cranky!) we had a brief, nice conversation and she took a picture of the book to send to her sister. I've read it twice and recommended it to numerous friends.
Robin uses her vast experience as a career counselor to help us think and plan for our future. Let's face it, it is hard to project ourselves into our retirement. So much of the emphasis. other books is on the financial aspects of retirement but of equal importance is creating a meaningful and enjoyable future. We need tools to do that and Robin allows us to vicariously experience other retirees' stories. Well written, insightful, and passionate enough to motivate planning for a successful retirement.
A wealth of information to help you make the next chapter your best. I would have never gotten this much information from family/friends that are already retired. They are learning from me and I am not even there yet. Must read!
I was excited to learn Robin Ryan was writing a book on retirement because I could expect she would apply the same practical approach to career planning. This book is for anyone thinking about retirement— even years from that date. The book guides you on decisions you can make about what you want to do after retirement. I felt increasingly confident that I can make that next move!
Pivoting from the working world to retirement may be more daunting than you think (and not just for financial considerations). This book does a great job sharing others' experiences and raises important issues to ponder before taking this big step. Highly recommend.