I came across Dave Bernard’s blog, Retirement – Only the Beginning, and was drawn to his posts and offer of a free book. You say, “Free.” And my ears perk up. The subject matter of the book deals with the topic of retirement, which is the one of the thrusts of my blog. A free book was just a click away, and I clicked.
Dave emailed me a PDF copy of “Navigating the retirement jungle” along with a note about his other book, “Are you just existing and calling it a life?” A quick on-line search resulted in downloading a free copy of “Navigating the retirement jungle” in Nook format, and locating “Are you just existing and calling it a life?” for sale on Amazon.com (print and Kindle), and at Barnes and Noble for the Nook.
I finished the free book in one day. Sometimes you get what you pay for, but I was pleasantly surprised with the overall content of the free book. I got much more value from the book than I expected despite its brevity. It is mix of practical tips and links to useful websites for preparing for retirement and inspirational thoughts on retirement and life. It is not for the twenty or thirty year old worker, but for those who are a little older and can see retirement looming in the not so distant future. While I am of retirement age, and have missed some the lofty goals of a well financed retirement I found that “Navigating the Retirement Jungle” reinforced my beliefs about finding out what really matters. Finding a reason to get out of bed in the morning, pursuing life with passion, and staying mentally healthy is the Holy Grail that makes life in retirement meaningful.
I plan to go back and reread the assortment of memorable quotes intermixed with Bernard’s advice for retirement. I’ll probably use some of his ideas as inspiration in my blog and of course in my retirement. Included in the free book is the opening chapter of “Are you just existing and calling it a life?”
I found a quote a line to quote in the opening chapter that is reminiscent of advice from my father when I was a teenager, and it still resonates with meaning:
My father gave his advice to a restless teenager and Bernard’s advice is for those of us who want an active, productive and meaningful retirement.Bernard writes about passion, “If you don’t know where you are going how will you reach your destination?”
In my father’s version he would end by asking, “How will you know when you get there?”
I am looking forward to reading “Are you just existing and calling it a life?” and plan to write a full review in a later blog.
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