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This book has lots of useful information about preparing for the changes in your life that retirement will bring. It talks about the social, emotional and financial adjustments. There is advice about finding things to do in your retirement and planning activities that will keep you connected with your friends, relatives and community. One of the best ideas in the book is to have a retirement mentor who is someone who has already retired, who can help you adjust. This is a really good book to read if you are going to retire within the next 2 to 3 years.
Haven’t finished this book yet but a lot of what I have read makes total sense to me. Good advice for someone retiring from a professional life long career and also for a person who can’t see themselves just being idle because they have reached this stage in their life or a person who is idle and unhappy with retirement. I found I am already doing some of what he suggests but still some very good advice and suggestions on making your retirement the most fulfilling time of your life.
I "retired" in 2011, but continued to work as a "consultant" until December of 2017. My youngest, worried about my transition to a real retirement and purchased this book for me as a Christmas gift. I read it while enjoying a vacation in late February.
It is a quick and easy read, not sure I LEARNED anything I didn't already know...but it helped a great deal in putting things in perspective. It posed reflective questions, which when thoughtful answers were given helped shape a direction, a path for which to follow.
When you think about it, it's absurd to think that anyone who had a purposeful career wouldn't thrive in a purposeful retirement...but just as in your career, retirement takes reflection, planning and implementation...
Great book...highly recommended...in fact you MAY want to encourage others you know who have recently retired or are planning on retirement soon to purchase as well...great catalyst for thoughtful discussion...
The motivation to purchase and read: I’m at to the age where one finds themselves looking ahead to retirement. And I had never before read a book on the topic. Decades ago, I read Hyrum Smith’s book on time management and took a lot away from it.
This is a good book. There is little magic and some redundancy in chapters and stories that strike the same chords: inactivity and isolation are your enemies. You finally have a chance to do what you love. So before you retire talk to your partner, make a plan together, and be intentional about carrying it out every day. Smith says that he’s especially writing for people who rely on their busy and successful careers for their fulfillment and identity. For them, Smith says, retirement is a very difficult transition. But there are plenty of ways for us to serve others once we’re no longer constrained by the demands of a full time career. Find ways to be busy that are constructive and enjoyable.
The book’s value may in fact be its redundancy, because Smith includes similarly-themed stories from people he’s met from all walks of life: corporate America, military America, leaders of faith-based communities. Women and men. The point he succeeds in getting across is that the keys to a fulfilling and enjoyable retirement are common to us all. We may differ in that we have different gifts and interests that we may choose to accentuate in our post-career years, but without a vision, a plan, and the gumption to act on them, the gift of time that retirement brings, will be squandered.
I ordered this for my Dad's wife who recently retired and was feeling a little lost. She texted me the following after she read it: "It was exactly what I needed. It helped me to see where I was stuck & gave me lots of tools to help me move forward. It was like the author could read my mind. Not only helpful, but 'life altering'. I'm not being dramatic- I don't feel like a sinking ship anymore." If that's not a glowing testimonial, I don't know what is!
I’m in my first month of retirement and felt I needed some help in getting this phase of my life going in the right direction. I’ve always been a planner and a doer so this book was just the inspiration I was looking for.
It’s an easy read with short chapters and thought provoking questions at the end of each. I recommend you take the time to think through these and see what your answers are.
There was actually nothing new here that I haven’t thought of before but it put some structure around my thoughts.
This book was great for me and I would love to have some of my retired friends read it but I’m afraid most of them who would benefit from it are also those who would find fault in the very thought of a self help book.
This book is one you don't want to miss if you are planning to retire or even if you have already retired. It puts such a positive spin on this time in your life. I felt energetic and excited about my upcoming retirement.