According to a US News article, retirees spend more time reading than other age groups, yet sometimes, with all the available book selections, it’s hard to choose which one to read first.
Whether you’re planning for retirement, bored with your retirement, or merely seeking motivation, a good read is sometimes all we need to gain perspective and set an agenda for ourselves.
Below are some books focused around the mission of helping you live your best retirement.
Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life by Chris Farrell
Farrell writes how the word “retirement” has been given a new meaning thanks to the Baby Boomer generation.
While most people view retirement as a slow-paced time spent inside watching daytime television, the new meaning has inspired people to embrace different experiences and hobbies. Farrell encourages you to spend your retirement pursuing your passions without fear or uncertainty.
In chapter 1, Farrell writes, “Embrace the realization that baby boomers on average are healthier and better educated than previous generations. An aging population presents an enormous opportunity for society and for aging individuals to seize and exploit.”
Having confidence in your new endeavors is key, as you are now equipped with the tools and knowledge to succeed. Farrell emphasizes that retirement is about really living and taking control of the unexplored areas in your life.
How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor by Ernie J. Zelinski
Zelinski writes for people who are thinking about retiring by explaining the necessary steps to do so. First, he sets the record straight about what we love to do in our free time: sleep.
According to Zelinski, you shouldn’t spend all your time watching TV and sleeping. While such a lifestyle may sound ideal, you are likely to end up in a rut and lose motivation for all the wonderful things you planned to eventually do. Zelinski believes that you must take charge and design a lifestyle that fits you and your needs best.
One reader reviewed the book, “According to Zelinski, if you manage to retire happy, wild, and free, then your retirement will be more rewarding than your career ever was. 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.”
Zelinski helps you plan out your retirement if you are unsure how to manage your free time wisely and efficiently. The motivational and informational read will have you planning out the next 5 trips and hobbies you dreamed of doing while also keeping your budget in mind.
Your Next Season: Advice for Executives on Transitioning from Intense Careers to Fulfilling Next Seasons by Dr. Leslie Braksick
Here’s another book that is featured on our Facebook page. If you are feeling stuck on what to do next in your next chapter of your life, Dr. Leslie wrote her book specifically for you. Inside, you’ll find advice, stories, and tools from executives who have been in your position.
Braksick writes, “Concern about ‘what’s next’ and your identity once you leave your corporate role, may well describe you. But take heart: you are not alone in your concerns, nor your experience.”
Transitioning from a full-time job to a clear schedule may be nerve-wracking and cause stress. However, taking advantage of your free time and prioritizing your ambitions is what makes creating a new schedule so exhilarating.
You’re not alone in the transitional phase! Braksick’s book could connect you with other retirees to discuss the book and talk about your concerns together.
Have you been in the retirement bubble for some time now? Are you wondering how to keep busy while earning some extra income? Are you not ready to say goodbye to the job force yet?
A semi-retirement could be the path you’re headed according to Collamer. Wanting to stay active and busy during retirement is normal, especially if you retire earlier than your spouse or friends.
A family friend recently retired at the young age of 54, and he’s now working on building a brewery in his garage. Although brewing is a new skill for him, it keeps him busy, and he can invite his friends and family to try out his concoctions – we all win!
Collamer emphasizes that even though you may be following all the rules, such as putting the maximum allowed into your 401(k)’s and avoiding credit card debt, you still may not be complacent during retirement. Many of us have incorporated budgeting into our daily lives, but unfortunately, the savings might not last through the entirety of your retirement.
A second job may be necessary to achieve the lifestyle you want, and Collamer lays out each step you need in order to reach the second career you dream of. If you are stuck on how to plan your second career or how to start a home business, reading Collamer’s book will give you the tools and insight you need for your fresh start.
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