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Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« on: June 27, 2021, 09:42:37 AM »
Any non-financial books about retirement that you would recommend?


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Re: Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2021, 01:31:24 PM »
A few books by Ernie Zelinski:

  • The Joy Of Not Working
  • How To Retire Happy, Wild and Free

I bought both based on recommendations of others on these forums. Alas, they sit in my pile of unread books, books I plan to get to once Iím truly done working (or just before I fully pull the plug later this year.) I tried to FIRE a few years ago but ended up staying on with my employer working a reduced schedule.

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Re: Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2021, 08:26:45 PM »
A few books by Ernie Zelinski:

  • The Joy Of Not Working
  • How To Retire Happy, Wild and Free

I bought both based on recommendations of others on these forums. Alas, they sit in my pile of unread books, books I plan to get to once Iím truly done working (or just before I fully pull the plug later this year.) I tried to FIRE a few years ago but ended up staying on with my employer working a reduced schedule.

I was thinking about those books but the reviews on Amazon didn't sound to good. 

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Re: Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2021, 09:47:11 PM »
Yeah, I tried the Zelinski books and don't really rate them. (Also they are 100% the same book) The only really valuable concept is the get a life tree and you can google that. Both Your Money or Your Life and Early Retirement Extreme cover searching for meaning better.

What exactly are you trying to get out of the books? If it's quest for purpose then personal development books would probably cover it better.

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Re: Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2021, 06:11:29 AM »
Yeah, I tried the Zelinski books and don't really rate them. (Also they are 100% the same book) The only really valuable concept is the get a life tree and you can google that. Both Your Money or Your Life and Early Retirement Extreme cover searching for meaning better.

What exactly are you trying to get out of the books? If it's quest for purpose then personal development books would probably cover it better.
I'm not sure really, but I think I'm going to have a hard time when I  retire later this year. Get a life basically sums it up though. I'll have to check out the get a life tree.

I've been trying to read more personal development books the last few years like mindfulness, meditation, and stoicism. Work keeps getting in the way, especially over the last year.

*I wrote more and deleted it. Probably belongs in a journal post than here.


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Re: Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2021, 01:21:30 PM »
The Art of Frugal Hedonism
The Abundance of Less
Why Buddhism is True
How to Be a Stoic
most of the works of Alain de Botton
pretty far from the subject at hand, but superb: The Memory Chalet

haven't read, but have heard highly recommended This Is Where You Belong
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Re: Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2021, 03:44:43 PM »
My favorite is Designing Your Life even though it is not targeted at retirees.

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Re: Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2021, 03:47:36 PM »
My favorite is Designing Your Life even though it is not targeted at retirees.
That was the other one I was going to recommend.
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Re: Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2021, 07:03:02 PM »
Thanks everyone. I put a hold on Design Your Life and will look into the rest.

Now just need to find time to read them.

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Re: Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2021, 11:35:21 PM »
I liked Ralph Warner's
"Get a Life: You Don't Need a Million to Retire Well".



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Re: Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2021, 12:30:59 AM »
A few books by Ernie Zelinski:

  • The Joy Of Not Working
  • How To Retire Happy, Wild and Free

I bought both based on recommendations of others on these forums. Alas, they sit in my pile of unread books, books I plan to get to once Iím truly done working (or just before I fully pull the plug later this year.) I tried to FIRE a few years ago but ended up staying on with my employer working a reduced schedule.
Hahaha, my copies of those titles are languishing on my bathroom bookshelves and have been doing so since we moved in, way back in 2013. I  RE'd in late 2012, and I've never needed them. I'm hanging on to them for when DH retires, thought I doubt he'll actually read them. At least I only paid $1.00 apiece.

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Re: Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2021, 10:40:37 PM »
After retiring at 51, my uncle, Dr. Rob Pascale, wrote The Retirement Maze. It came as a result of how unhappy he was. Here this guy lived on a professional golf course, his kids were doing well, and he had lots of friends, but was miserable.

He finally asked himself why am I so unhappy? and used his money and skills as a research psychologist to self-fund what became the most comprehensive study of its kind.

He's 67 now and doing much better.

The case studies are pretty interesting. One is a police chief who was forced into retirement due to politics. He said "I didn't realize how much time I was spending with my dog until I did a Google street view of my house, and there we were sitting on the porch." That guy got his act together and started solving cold cases until he past away a couple years later. I imagine he brought some real peace to quite a few families.

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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2021, 10:45:20 PM »
Yeah, I tried the Zelinski books and don't really rate them. (Also they are 100% the same book) The only really valuable concept is the get a life tree and you can google that. Both Your Money or Your Life and Early Retirement Extreme cover searching for meaning better.

What exactly are you trying to get out of the books? If it's quest for purpose then personal development books would probably cover it better.
I'm not sure really, but I think I'm going to have a hard time when I  retire later this year. Get a life basically sums it up though. I'll have to check out the get a life tree.

I've been trying to read more personal development books the last few years like mindfulness, meditation, and stoicism. Work keeps getting in the way, especially over the last year.

*I wrote more and deleted it. Probably belongs in a journal post than here.

The get a life part is crucial. It was a big part of the book I just posted about, and another that I really enjoyed called "Early Bird" about a young guy who rents a spare bedroom in a retirement condo community because he's burnt out.

Do you volunteer anywhere? Would you consider tutoring a subject?

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Re: Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2021, 11:41:20 PM »
I just remenbered another: Anything by Peter Mayle.

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Re: Non-financial retirement book recomendations
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2021, 06:01:12 AM »
Yeah, I tried the Zelinski books and don't really rate them. (Also they are 100% the same book) The only really valuable concept is the get a life tree and you can google that. Both Your Money or Your Life and Early Retirement Extreme cover searching for meaning better.

What exactly are you trying to get out of the books? If it's quest for purpose then personal development books would probably cover it better.
I'm not sure really, but I think I'm going to have a hard time when I  retire later this year. Get a life basically sums it up though. I'll have to check out the get a life tree.

I've been trying to read more personal development books the last few years like mindfulness, meditation, and stoicism. Work keeps getting in the way, especially over the last year.

*I wrote more and deleted it. Probably belongs in a journal post than here.

The get a life part is crucial. It was a big part of the book I just posted about, and another that I really enjoyed called "Early Bird" about a young guy who rents a spare bedroom in a retirement condo community because he's burnt out.

Do you volunteer anywhere? Would you consider tutoring a subject?
I put the the book on hold a the library.
I've volunteered some in the past but not in the last few years.

I have been a runner for the last 10 years but between work, covid, and health that has pretty much ended. Running takes up a lot of time, especially when your as slow as I am, and trail runners are some of the best people to spend it with.  It's left a void that I am trying to fill mostly with work and YouTube videos, and when I retire the work will be gone.

When people ask me what I'm going to do when I retire  my current answer is sleep, because right now I'm just tired, and I can't see beyond 'The Fog of Work'.